Depakote Lawsuit Lawyers

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Depakote-Copy-300x206Depakote has been linked to many harmful and sometimes fatal side effects such as birth defects, cleft palate, fetal death, growth retardation, heart malformations, neural tube birth injury, spina bifida and more. Contact a Depakote Lawyer for a free legal consultation and a potential Depakote Lawsuit against the manufacturer Abbott Laboratories.

Depakote FDA Label Change

In April 2009, the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) approved a Depakote safety label change on certain forms of the drug.  The label change contained new information regarding the affiliation of suicidal behavior with Depakote and the danger of using Depakote during pregnancy.

The FDA-approved Depakote label change stated that the use of Depakote and other AEDs may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior.  The label change noted that pregnant women taking Depakote should enroll in the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry.

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Depakote Lawsuit Information

If you or a loved one has experienced adverse side effects from the use of Depakote, you may qualify for compensation to help with the cost of your medical expenses, as well as your pain and suffering. To contact a Depakote lawyer for a free consultation and Depakote lawsuit information, call Matthews and Associates toll free at 1-888-520-5202.

Depakote FDA Black Box Warnings

The FDA warns consumers that Depakote has been linked to

  • Liver damage and liver failure
  • Birth Defects such as spina bifida and neural tube defects
  • Pancreatitis or inflammation of the pancreas

What is Depakote?

Depakote is a prescription medication used to treat seizures, mania associated with bipolar disorder and migraine headaches.


  • goes by the generic names of divalproex sodium
  • contains the active ingredient divalproex sodium
  • was originally approved March 10, 1983
  • is manufactured by Abbott Laboratories
  • is approved for treatment of seizures, mania related to bipolar disorder, and migraine headaches.

Off-label Uses of Depakote

Despite the severe and sometimes fatal side effects related to the use of Depakote, many users take the drug for the treatment of –

  • dementia
  • hiccups
  • agitation

Depakote Side Effects

While Depakote can help treat seizures, mania related to bipolar disorder, and migraine headaches, the side effects associated with the drug are often severe and sometimes life threatening. They include:

  • Birth defects
  • Cleft Palate
  • Fetal Death
  • Growth Retardation
  • Hand Deformations
  • Heart Malformations
  • Neural Tube Birth Injury
  • Skeletal Birth Defects
  • Spina Bifida
  • See other Depakote side effects

Depakote Resources

Depakote Medication Guide
Food and Drug Administration


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