Topamax and Birth Defects

Date: March 16, 2011
Posted In: DLP Law

Susan was having terrible migraine headaches and despite the fact that she was two months pregnant, her doctor prescribed Topamax for the headaches. When Susan gave birth to her daughter, the daughter had a very large cleft palate and other disfiguring defects in her mouth.

ISSUE:          Is it possible the Topamax caused the condition in Susan\’s daughter\’s condition?

ANSWER:     Yes.     On March 4, 2011, the F.D.A. issued a warning that Topamax, which is a seizure, epilepsy and migraine medication, can increase the risk of oral birth defects. Information collected from a registry of pregnant women showed a higher rate of cleft palate and cleft lip in babies whose mothers were taking the drug during their first trimester.

Disclaimer: The above article is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive.  Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column. 

Tom Cummings
Thomas P. Cummings has been a Partner with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP since 1996 and has been with the firm since 1991. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury cases.