The Potential Dangers of Topamax

Topiramate , or Topamax as it is more commonly known, is a drug prescribed for epileptics and people suffering from serious migraines. It is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, and is specifically intended to take away the pain and suffering caused by migraine attacks and seizures by repressing seizure and pain-causing signals coming from the nerves.

Topamax is proven to work more effectively than other brands in eliminating symptoms. Therefore, more and more patients and doctors came to prefer it over similar products. Research, however showed that Topamax can cause life changing or even deadly side-effects, specifically for unborn children whose mothers who took the drug during pregnancy. Some of the most common side-effects Topamax causes are cleft lip, cleft palate, and hypospadias, a defect that puts the urethra, the tube where urine passes from the bladder, at the underside of the male’s sexual organ.

Though Topamax continues to be available on the market, the US Food and Drug Administration released a statement in March 2011 which advised doctors to observe strict care when prescribing the drug. Despite the fact that Topamax side-effects can be medically treated and corrected, treatment will require time and is quite costly, issues that will surely put the child and his or her family in a difficult position. If not corrected, however, any of the side-effects can have significant consequences on the child’s health and well-being for the rest of their life.

Those who have had a child with a birth defect that may have been caused by the use of Topamax during pregnancy may be entitled to seek legal representation in order to pursue compensation from the manufacturers of this pharmaceutical product. Indeed, a Topamax lawsuit may be the best available option for families struggling to deal with these tragic consequences to get the financial assistance they need.

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