Navigation Links
Fetal Exposure to Common Epilepsy Drugs May Harm Kids' IQ: FDA
Date:6/30/2011

THURSDAY, June 30 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday advised doctors to warn women of childbearing age that fetal exposure to certain drugs used to control seizures or migraines appears to diminish intellectual abilities in offspring.

The drugs include so-called "valproate products" -- medications such as valproate sodium (Depacon), divalproex sodium (Depakote, Depakote CP, Depakote ER), valproic acid (Depakene, Stavzor), and their equivalent generic formulations, the FDA said in a statement.

Children born to women who take these medications during their pregnancy "have an increased risk of lower cognitive test scores than children exposed to other anti-seizure medications during pregnancy," the FDA said.

The agency said it based its conclusions on epidemiological studies that showed that fetal exposures to the drugs tended to correlate with lower scores on IQ and other cognitive tests.

Valproate drugs are FDA-approved for use against epilepsy, migraine and bipolar disorder, although the agency notes that they are also used "off-label" for other conditions, mainly other psychiatric disorders.

The drugs have also long been linked to an increased risk of birth defects known as neural tube defects, the agency noted.

The FDA advises that doctors counsel women of childbearing age of the risks to offspring associated with valproate products, and "weigh the benefits and risks of valproate when prescribing this drug to women of childbearing age, particularly when treating a condition not usually associated with permanent injury or death. Alternative medications that have a lower risk of adverse birth outcomes should be considered."

In late 2010, a Swedish study of over 1,200 teenage children born to women with epilepsy found that those born to women who took two or more epilepsy drugs while pregnant fared worse in school than peers with no prenatal exposure to those me
'/>"/>

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Ultrasensitive detector pinpoints big problem in tiny fetal heart
2. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder linked to high prevalence of epilepsy, Queens study
3. Study finds changes in fetal epigenetics throughout pregnancy
4. Hurricanes Linked to Raised Fetal Distress Risk
5. AIUM announces ultrasound practice accreditation in fetal echocardiography
6. Figuring out fetal alcohol syndrome in fruit flies
7. Fetal Surgery Could Boost Outcomes in Severe Spina Bifida
8. Study finds even with fetal lung maturity, babies delivered prior to 39 weeks are at risk
9. Study finds that electronic fetal heart rate monitoring greatly reduces infant mortality
10. Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine commends FDA on makena announcement
11. The TET1 enzyme steers us through fetal development and fights cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Fetal Exposure to Common Epilepsy Drugs May Harm Kids' IQ: FDA
(Date:9/30/2014)... West Palm Beach, Florida (PRWEB) September 30, 2014 ... of Florida make the treatment of gum disease ... traditional treatments of the past. , “If you’ve ever felt ... into ice cream or sip a cold beverage, it’s possible ... Herbert Salisbury , who is a general dentist in ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... (HealthDay News) -- Medicare should cover low-dose computed tomography ... the disease, a coalition of more than 60 patient ... the Lung Cancer Alliance, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, ... and the American Society of Clinical Oncology, made its ... Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Such ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... made progress in reducing the stigma associated with seeking ... stress disorder, but more improvement is still needed, according ... of both the Defense Department and the Veterans Health ... still do not seek needed care for mental ... to promote treatment as a way to reduce stigma, ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... a gene mutation that causes a rare premature aging ... block the rapid, unstoppable cell division that makes cancer ... Michigan and the U-M Health System recently discovered a ... in which precious hematopoietic stem cells can,t regenerate and ... are prone to cancer and bone marrow failure. ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... FDA-approved injectable dermal fillers (i.e. hyaluronic ... in several procedures that are performed to restore ... primarily used for wrinkle treatment of the skin, ... are being used as popular treatments in nonsurgical ... the hands. (1) (2) Dr. Cynthia Elliott of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Florida Dentist Battles Gum Disease With Latest Techniques 2Health News:Florida Dentist Battles Gum Disease With Latest Techniques 3Health News:Groups Call for Medicare Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening 2Health News:US military making progress reducing stigma tied to seeking help for mental illness 2Health News:US military making progress reducing stigma tied to seeking help for mental illness 3Health News:Disease decoded: Gene mutation may lead to development of new cancer drugs 2Health News:Nonsurgical Cosmetic How-To: Skinspirations Details Proper Use of FDA-Approved Injectable Fillers for Hand Rejuvenation Procedures 2Health News:Nonsurgical Cosmetic How-To: Skinspirations Details Proper Use of FDA-Approved Injectable Fillers for Hand Rejuvenation Procedures 3Health News:Nonsurgical Cosmetic How-To: Skinspirations Details Proper Use of FDA-Approved Injectable Fillers for Hand Rejuvenation Procedures 4
... Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center researchers say preliminary studies show ... able to reduce or eliminate the last remaining cancer ... the drug Imatinib mesylate (Gleevec). Gleevec, one of ... CML patients, destroys most leukemic cells in the body, ...
... new study, scientists have searched for mutations in the gene regions ... samples from a single tumour type to be sequenced to date. ... type of kidney cancer, with 102,000 deaths worldwide each year. It ... its nature is remarkably consistent and the majority of cases ...
... arthritis (RA) patients are partially protected by the influenza ... determined that while the flu vaccine is safe, it ... months following rituximab treatment. Previous influenza vaccination in ... some defense to influenza strains. RA activity was ...
... /CNW/ - A recent evaluation by the Centre for Addiction ... alcohol use can be effective in changing drinking behaviours and ... first evaluation of its kind, the study published in ... online screener www.CheckYourDrinking.net, reduced their alcohol consumption by 30% - ...
... of mental health professionals, emergency response experts, and researchers ... results of a study that shows serious emotional disturbances ... Category 3 storm ravaged the Gulf Coast in August ... of the Journal of the American Academy of ...
... the US population becomes increasingly obese while smoking rates continue ... contributor to the burden of disease and shortening of healthy ... the February 2010 issue of the American Journal of ... College of New York calculate that the Quality-Adjusted Life Years ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Johns Hopkins researchers say vaccine appears to 'mop up' leukemia cells Gleevec leaves behind 2Health News:Unraveling kidney cancer 2Health News:Unraveling kidney cancer 3Health News:Efficacy of flu vaccine drastically reduced for RA patients treated with rituximab 2Health News:Technology new gateway into treatment for problem alcohol users: Study 2Health News:Obesity now poses as great a threat to quality of life as smoking 2
(Date:9/30/2014)... , Sept. 30, 2014 Passport Health, one ... , has launched FluFree.com, a website designed to ... For 20 years, Passport Health has provided ... flu. The launch of FluFree.com is designed to address ... the number of people who actually chose to get ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... September 2014 ... Acutus Medical, Inc. ... 3D-Herzkammer-Bildgebungs- und Dipoldichte-Mappingsystem in Echtzeit zur ... komplexen Herzrhythmusstörungen einschließlich Vorhofflimmern führen bzw. ... zusätzlichen Finanzierung über 26,2 Mio. USD ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... , Sept. 30, 2014  Arena Solutions, the ... today announced its Fall 2014 release, which includes ... and Arena DataExtract – and significant ... available products are focused specifically on speeding time ... aggregation of a complete history of tribal knowledge ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Passport Health Launches FluFree.com - Aims To Improve Flu Vaccination Rates and Fulfill Growing Public Health Priority 2Passport Health Launches FluFree.com - Aims To Improve Flu Vaccination Rates and Fulfill Growing Public Health Priority 3Acutus Medical, Inc. schließt zusätzliche Finanzierungsrunde Serie B über 26,2 Mio. USD ab, um Portfolio-Erweiterung zu finanzieren 2Acutus Medical, Inc. schließt zusätzliche Finanzierungsrunde Serie B über 26,2 Mio. USD ab, um Portfolio-Erweiterung zu finanzieren 3Arena Unveils Unique PLM Collaboration Platform And New Data Extraction Tool 2Arena Unveils Unique PLM Collaboration Platform And New Data Extraction Tool 3Arena Unveils Unique PLM Collaboration Platform And New Data Extraction Tool 4
... oxygen flowmeters., ,Options: , ... S to model number. Example: ... add suffix C to model ... Double Flowmeters with Power Take-Off, ...
... flowmeters., ,Options: , For ... to model number. Example: FMC107S. ... suffix C to model number. ... Flowmeters with Power Take-Off, add ...
... Slim Line Flowmeters with brass and ... security chain, add suffix S to ... Canadian Color-Code, add suffix C to ... Double Flowmeters with Power Take-Off, add ...
... Flowmeters with brass and aluminum body., ... add suffix S to model number. ... add suffix C to model number. ... with Power Take-Off, add PT to ...
Medicine Products: