Babies born to epilepsy parents who use the drug Topomax during pregnancy may face increased risks of birth defects, a new study has found. Topomax is a migraine and epilepsy prevention drug.
The study, published in the latest issue of the journal Neurology, concluded that taking the drug was associated with a birth defect resk within the range of risk seen in othe anti-epileptic drugs, researchers reported.
It was the incidence of birth defects when Topomax was taken in combination with other anti-epileptic drugs that drew attention to the findings.
The study was only done on pregnant epilepsy patients, but could be relevant for migraine patients since the drug is also used for treating migraines, a common condition that occurs frequently in women of childbearing age. Should the study findings be confirmed, they would suggest that Topamax may not be an appropriate migraine treatment for women who are considering pregnancy.
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