Shezad Malik Law Firm Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm has offices based in Fort Worth and Dallas and represents people who have suffered catastrophic and serious personal injuries including wrongful death, caused by the negligence or recklessness of others. We specialize in Personal Injury trial litigation and focus our energy and efforts on those we represent.

Topamax Topiramate Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Lawsuits

As a Dallas Topamax Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate attorney I am providing this update regarding Topamax and Topiramate Lawsuits.

Was your child born with a cleft palate or cleft lip after the use of Topamax (topiramate) while pregnant? If so, you should know that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has increased its warning of these birth defects caused by Topamax. The FDA announced that “there is positive evidence of human fetal risk” and warned that taking this medication during pregnancy created a higher risk that the baby would develop a cleft lip or cleft palate.

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Medical providers who treat migraine headaches are warning women of childbearing age about the pregnancy risks with Topamax, and warn that contraceptives should be used to avoid getting pregnant while on the medication.

Use of the epilepsy and migraine medication during the first trimester of pregnancy, could cause babies to born with the serious malformations from side effects of Topamax.

Topamax (topiramate) was first approved for treatment of epilepsy, and in 2004, the FDA approved Topamax for use of treating migraines. Generic forms of the drug began to appear in 2006.

The FDA estimates that approximately 32.3 million prescriptions for Topamax or a generic equivalent were issued from January 2007 through December 2010.

According to data from the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry, children born to mothers who took Topamax while pregnant had an oral cleft birth defect about three times more often than infants born to women who took other antiepileptic drugs. When compared to children born to women without epilepsy or treatment with other antiepileptic drugs, the Topamax pregnancy risk was associated with a 20 times greater prevalence of cleft palate or cleft lip.


We are currently accepting clients for individual lawsuits for damages caused by the use of Topamax. If your child was born with a cleft lip or palate and you were prescribed Topamax or the generic Topiramate while pregnant, contact Dr Shezad Malik, Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm. You and your baby may be entitled to compensation if he or she has a cleft lip or palate that was caused by Topamax or the generic Topiramate.

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