Depakote ER and Pregnancy and Nursing

Depakote ER and Pregnancy and Nursing Overview

 

Pregnancy Category D

Studies in humans and other reports show that when pregnant women use Depakote ER, some babies are born with serious problems related to the medicine. That’s why you should only use Depakote ER during pregnancy if the potential benefit is greater than the potential risk to your unborn child. If you are pregnant, or think you might be pregnant, talk to your doctor about using Depakote ER.

You can also check to see if there is a pregnancy exposure registry for that medicine. The Food and Drug Administration has a list of pregnancy exposure registries (http://www.fda.gov/womens/registries/default.htm) that pregnant women can join.

Additionally women who become pregnant while using valproic acid can enroll in the North American Antiepileptic Drug ( NAAED ) Pregnancy Registry by calling 1-888-233-2334 or online at http://www.aedpregnancyregistry.org/

 

Taking Depakote ER While Breast Feeding

Because valproate is passed through breast milk and can cause side effects in the baby you should decide with your doctor whether to stop nursing or take another drug.

Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010. Click the References Link below for a complete list of references.

Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010.
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