Lamictal has been tied to numerous serious side effects, including aseptic meningitis, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, severe headaches, and suicidal thoughts. And in 2011, the FDA indicated that Lamictal was far more dangerous to unborn children than was previously thought. Commonly referred to as an anticonvulsant, Lamictal is an antiepileptic drug that is used to treat seizures in adults and children. In the past, Lamictal was prescribed to children as young as two years of age. However, an FDA-issued warning in 2010 indicated that the drug was not safe for patients under the age of 16.
Lamictal comes with a wide range of possible side effects, and birth defects have recently become one of the most prevalent in FDA warnings. Lamictal lawsuits that concern birth defects have become increasingly common as more information becomes available that outlines the risks associated with the drug. If you or someone you love has given birth to a child with birth defects that can be tied to Lamictal, please contact Wormington & Bollinger today. Our legal team has extensive experience representing individuals who have experienced damaging side effects of Lamictal, many of which include serious birth defects.
Birth Defects Reported to the FDA
FDA received information from the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy (NAAED) Registry warning of the risks associated with taking Lamictal during pregnancy. According to their findings, babies who were exposed to Lamictal in the first trimester were at a higher risk of being born with a cleft palate or cleft lip.
Because of this information, the FDA issued a warning to physicians and health care professionals advising them to take precautions when prescribing Lamictal to pregnant women. The NAAED Registry discovered that 564 women who were using Lamictal during their pregnancy gave birth to children with oral clefts. This means that out of one thousand pregnant users, 8.9 gave birth to children with birth defects. In comparison, women who were not taking Lamictal give birth to children with cleft palates or cleft lips at a rate of just .5 to 2.16 per thousand.
This information is critical to both those working in the medical field and patients who are either pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant while taking the drug. It should be noted that the FDA-mandated Lamictal label does not include a ‘pregnancy’ entry within its ‘warnings and precautions’ sections.
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We have represented a wide range of individuals throughout Texas in Lamictal cases, including those involving birth defects. The legal process of demanding compensation and holding those responsible for the harm you’ve suffered can be challenging, which is where we come in. We are committed to offering excellent representation and doing everything we can to help you receive the compensation and justice you deserve. If you have taken Lamictal and think that you or your child have sustained injury or experienced severe side effects because of the drug, contact Wormington & Bollinger today.