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Topamax and Birth Defects


Lawyers Represent Children Harmed by Topamax, Topiramate

March 4, 2011—The FDA warned that Topamax (Topiramate) may increase the risk of birth defects in children born to mothers who take the drug during pregnancy. The announcement followed research conducted by the North American Antiepileptic Drug (AED) Pregnancy Registry that revealed an increased incidence of cleft palate and cleft lip with infants exposed to Topamax and its generic version, Topiramate.

According to the data, approximately 1.4% of infants developed either cleft lip or cleft palate when exposed to Topamax or Topiramate during the first trimester of pregnancy. This represents a risk approximately sixteen times greater than other antiepileptic drugs.

The risk of birth defects prompted the FDA to classify Topamax as Class D drugs, reflecting that there is positive evidence of fetal risk based on human data. The drug previously was classified as Class 7 after risks were uncovered during animal testing.

Topamax is manufactured by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson, and is prescribed for treatment of seizures associated with epilepsy. It also is prescribed for treatment of severe migraines.


Your Legal Rights

If your child developed cleft palate or cleft lip following the mother's use of Topamax or Topiramate during pregnancy, your child may be entitled to compensation. You should act immediately to contact a lawyer experienced in matters involving dangerous pharmaceuticals.

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We are investigating claims against the manufacturers of Topamax and Topiramate. We invite you to contact us for a free, confidential consultation about your legal rights.

We represent clients throughout the United States. We can help you, too, wherever you live.

For free answers to your questions about Topamax and Topiramate, just call us toll free at 800.581.4313 or submit this online contact form.

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