Houston Topamax Attorney
Topamax, if taken during pregnancy, can cause birth defects that include cleft palate or cleft lip, among other problems. These cleft abnormalities can occur when parts of the soft and hard palate fail to properly fuse together. A notched lip can result. More severe cases can leave an open groove extending from the nose to the roof of the mouth. A New York Times story in March 2011 trumpeted FDA warnings of Topamax raising the risk of birth defects.
Topamax Recall Information
On April 14, 2011, Ortho-McNeil Neurologics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Topamax, recalled roughly 57,000 bottles of the drug after reports that an unusual odor emanated from the pills.
WebMD reported that the odor apparently derived from a compound known as TBA, a byproduct of a chemical used to treat wood. That treated wood is used to construct pallets made to transport or store products.
FDA Warnings for Topamax
The FDA on May 15, 2011 issued a warning about the potential danger of Topamax causing birth defects. The FDA mandated that the manufacturer of Topamax alter its label to warn that women who may become pregnant while taking the drug stand at greater risk of delivering a baby with possible Topamax-related birth defects.
What is Topamax?
Topamax is a drug approved by the FDA to treat seizures or epilepsy in both children and adults. It may be taken alone, or it may sometimes be taken in conjunction with other anticonvulsant drugs. Topamax has also been approved by the FDA for use in migraine headache treatment.
› goes by the generic name topiramate®.
› contains the active ingredient topiramate
› was originally approved December 24, 1996
› is manufactured by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc.
› is approved for the treatment of epileptic seizures and migraine headaches
Off –label Uses of Topamax
Despite severe side effects related to the use of Topamax, many users take the drug for:
› bipolar disorder
› eating disorder
› post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Topamax Side Effects
While Topamax may be effective in the treatment of epilepsy or migraine headaches, side effects associated with the drug can be severe. They include:
› cleft palate
› cleft lip
› heart defects
› lung defects
› brain defects
› arm and limb defects
› Sleepiness, Fatigue, Lethargy
Houston Topamax Lawsuit Information
If you or a loved one has experienced adverse side effects from the use of Topamax, you may qualify for compensation to help with the cost of your medical expenses, as well as your pain and suffering.
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