Could taking the drug Depakote during pregnancy be linked to a higher instance of autism?
A study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that taking the drug Depakote (otherwise known as sodium valproate) during pregnancy may increase the risk of autism and other birth in the unborn child.
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Depakote has also been linked to a higher risk of birth defects such as Spina Bifida, cleft palate and behavioral deficits. Depakotes label now indicates that the risk of birth defects when taking Depakote during pregnancy is up to four times higher than with other anti-epilepsy medications.
The study looked at all the children born alive in Denmark between 1996 and 2006. Using national registers, the study identified children who were exposed to Depakote during pregnancy and were subsequently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (such as childhood autism, Asperger syndrome, atypical autism and other development disorders).
According to the findings of this study, there appeared to be a significantly increased risk of autism spectrum disorder and childhood autism disorder. The absolute risk of autism in the children exposed to Depakote during pregnancy was found to be 4.15%. Compared to this, the absolute risk of autism among children who were not exposed to Depakote was only 1.02%
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