Consumers of prescription medications such as Depakote rightly have an expectation that the medicines they are prescribed by doctors are safe to use and should help them recover from their illnesses. Unfortunately, not all medications work as prescribed and many cause harmful injuries.
Depakote has become infamous in recent years for causing a number of different complications. People who take Depakote have endured many different problems ranging from depression and suicidal thoughts to liver and pancreas failure. Additionally, Depakote has been found to cause birth defects when taken by pregnant women. If you or someone you know has taken Depakote, you should consult your doctor immediately after any complications occur and seek treatment.
Depakote is a small red pill that also goes by the name of Divalproex, which also has many generic forms available on the market. Taking Depakote has several possible benefits. While it is most commonly used to prevent seizures caused by epilepsy and other disorders, it is also occasionally prescribed to treat bipolar disorder and has also been known to cure migraine headaches.
Harmful Side Effects Associated with Depakote
The most common side effects associated with the use of Depakote are drowsiness and dizziness, but Depakote is also linked to a number of possible side effects that are far worse. First, Depakote has been known to affect attitude, causing mood swings, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. This side effect will often become immediately noticeable, and people who experience any changes in their behavior should contact their doctor as soon as possible.
Second, Depakote is also correlated with a condition known as hepatoxicity, which can cause liver problems and pancreatitis. This condition is most commonly associated with unexpected abdominal pain and nausea. In some extreme cases, hepatoxicity caused by Depakote has resulted in unexpected deaths. Finally, Depakote also creates a risk of pregnancy complications including birth defects, and it should not be taken by pregnant women under any circumstances.
Learn More About Depakote Injury Lawsuits
The most common Depakote lawsuits filed in the recent past against Depakote’s manufacturer, Abbott Labs, have been related to birth defects in newborns whose mothers took Depakote while pregnant. In fact, Abbott Labs recently pleaded guilty to improperly marketing Depakote to patients who did not need it and was assessed criminal fines. Abbott Labs’ unethical marketing practices almost certainly resulted in more injuries and birth defects than would have occurred otherwise.
If you or a family member has taken Depakote and suffered injuries including birth defects, pancreatitis, or death, you may have a legal claim. Under the law of products liability, manufacturers of pharmaceuticals have a legal duty to ensure that their medications are safe to market. When medications prove harmful to those who take them, the victims are entitled to legal compensation for any injuries they suffer. Victims of Depakote should contact an attorney to discuss legal options.
Contact a Colleyville Depakote Injury Lawyer Right Now
If you or a loved one suffered serious side effects after taking the prescription medication Depakote, contact the Montes Law PLLC right away. Our experienced and skilled legal team is ready to help you and your family. Schedule a free, confidential case review today.