Important information— Depakote shows to increase the risk for birth defects. Depakote is an anti-seizure medication and also used for the treatment of migraine headaches and for bipolar disorder.



This drug causes serious birth defects. In fact, 1 in 5 babies born to mothers who were treated with anti-convulsant drugs suffered congenital defects.

Birth Defects Linked to Depakote

  • iniencephaly, the baby’s head is severely bent toward the spine
  • cardiovascular malformations such as atrial septal defects (holes in the heart)
  • craniofacial (skull and face) defects, such as craniosynostosis (the skull closes prematurely) and cleft palate
  • spina bifida and other neural tube defects
  • hyraencephaly, here, the cerebral hemispheres did not form; cerebrospinal fluid fills the skull
  • extra fingers and/or toes

The FDA requires a “black box warning” on the packaging which is the most severe type of warning.

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