Articles Tagged with Topamax

Recent reports indicate that in addition to problems such as cleft palates and cleft lip from taking Topamax, Topamax may cause oral contraceptives to loose their effectiveness.

Topamax (topiramate) is a popular migraine and seizure medication that has been recently revised by the FDA as a “Class D” pregnancy drug – i.e. one where significant evidence exists that the drug may cause harm to a fetus during pregnancy. Now, combined with evidence that Topamax may render certain birth control ineffective, physicians are urged to inform patients of the danger of Topamax and oral contraceptive interactions.

In addition to the potential for birth defects, patients taking Topamax have developed eye disorders such as glaucoma and acute myopia.
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Johnson & Johnson has issued a Topamax recall after receiving complaints about an unusual odor linked to a byproduct from a chemical used in treating wood. Sources believe the contamination may have occurred as a result of the way medication is shipped and stored.

Topamax has recently come under fire after the FDA issued warnings of an increased risk of cleft lips and cleft palates in infants of mothers who take Topamax (topiramate) during pregnancy.

The FDA has given the Topamax a pregnancy risk rating of D, indicating positive evidence of human fetal risk and birth defects.

Topamax has also been linked to eye disorders such as blurred vision, acute myopia and secondary angle closure glaucoma.
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The New York Times reports that Topamax, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, has been linked to birth defects, such as a higher risk of developing cleft lips and palates, genital malformations and cranial malformations.

Topamax is an anti-seizure and migraine drug used in the treatment of migraines and epilepsy. It is also used in the weight-loss drug Qnexa.

Infants exposed to the dangerous drug during their mother’s first trimester of pregnancy had a 3 times higher rate of mouth defects than those whose mothers took other seizure medications.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by taking Topamax, contact an experienced New Mexico Topamax attorney to discuss your options.

The FDA notes “doctors should think carefully before prescribing the drug to women of childbearing age and ‘alternative medications that have a lower risk of birth defects should be considered.'”
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