Our birth defects attorneys have been contacted by many parents with children born with cleft lips and palates. Many of these mothers have taken Topamax (topiramate) for various reasons. One reason that Topamax is taken is for migraine headaches. If you have ever experienced a migraine headache you can attest to the fact that the pain and discomfort can be almost unbearable. However, it is extremely important to know what the side effects of the drugs you take are, especially if you are of child bearing age, or are pregnant.
Most of the time, drug side effects are published when the drug is released so that doctors and patients can consider them. However, some drugs, like Topamax, have had significant side effects discovered after they had been on the market for a considerable amount of time. It has recently been announced by the FDA that Topamax increases the likelihood that your child will develop a cleft palate birth defect in utero by over twenty-one times the normal rate. The birth defects attorneys of the Mininno Law Office suggest thorough research on any drug you may take, especially during pregnancy, and consultation with medical personnel to determine the right medications for you.
Birth Defects Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If your child was born with a cleft lip or palate you may be asking yourself if legal representation is necessary. The answer certainly depends on your individual circumstances. If you believe that Topamax may have been linked to the development of your child’s birth defect, do not hesitate to contact the Mininno Law Office for a free consultation and case evaluation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Our birth defects attorneys have your interest at heart, and can provide financial remedies that will make dealing with your child’s cleft lip/palate easier.