Topamax Side Effects Can Affect Your Unborn Child

by Terry Bryant

More research is being done to reveal some serious Topamax side effects. One of those is a birth defect that occurs during the early stages of fetal development. Studies have shown a link between a pregnant woman taking Topamax and oral clefts being present at birth. The fetus’ mouth opening or the roof of their mouth is not completely formed in this case. This may occur if the mother is taking this medication during her first trimester of pregnancy.

Topamax is a commonly dispensed medication for people who suffer with migraines and seizures. Although not much is known about how it eases the pain of migraines, a lot is known about its effects on seizures. The medication slows down and balances the nerve activity in the brain. It is shown that one reason people suffer from seizures is the hyper activity of different neurotransmitters in the brain. By reducing the rapidness of the nerves firing off, blocking sodium in the nerves, and blocking glutamate receptors, seizures are reduced or eliminated. When being used to treat migraines, it is taken daily to reduce the frequency of these debilitating headaches.

Many people who take Topamax understand the common side effects. However, many living with chronic migraines and frequent seizures may not know the risks associated with taking the medication. What researchers are now concerned with are the effects on the unborn fetus, and for women who are breastfeeding. There continues to be more review of the link between pregnant woman using Topamax and oral clefts being present when the infant is born.

If someone was taking Topamax and these side effects occurred, they may want to think about speaking with a drug injury lawyer. These legal professionals are experienced in dealing with these types of cases and can advise those affected on whether or not there is sufficient evidence for a suit.