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Old 04-10-2002, 09:33 AM   #1
missytelmar
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Unhappy BIRTH DEFECTS

severe birth defects due to anti sezure medications?
ive been under medical supervision of several different neuroligist
over the past five years and have used most of the anti sezure drugs
for control of grandmal sezures resulting from brain surgury.
ive been on topamax for past two years.none of the past neurolgist ever
advised that these drugs wil cause severe birth defects until my present
new neurologist according to him, has informed me of this fact. he is an
epiletologist the other neuroligist were not.i reviewed the medical warning
statments made by the manufactors of these drugs and found the absence of
birth defect warnings on these drugs.how could this be? dosnt any one remember
the Thelimide babys of the 70'my perents tell me about? i am a 25 year old female
and am very concerned. any coments or infomation regarding this subject of birth
defects would be much appreciated. [Contact details removed as per board rules]

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Old 04-10-2002, 10:39 PM   #2
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Hi there Missy! I am 30 & have gone to an OB Dr. that specializes in high risk prenancies & spoke with him about the risks of the meds and the birth deffect problem. I had the same question as you and what he basically told me is that Tegratol is the safest med to be AT THE MOMENT! I am currently takeing Neurontin & Tegratol & he said that I would have to be completely off of the Neurontin before we try to get pregnant! But he also said that the FDA changes their mind about these & the side effects of each & every one of them about every 6 months! He says that no one really knows which ones are better for the fetus. What his suggestions to his patients are very close monitoring & lotsa lotsa ultrasounds throughout the pregnancy! Are you considering having a baby? If you are then you can ask you Dr. to recomend you to a good OB Dr. that is very familiar with Epileptic woman & they should be able to answer a lot of your questions about everything & what they can not answer then I am sure that everyone here will do their best to help! I am considering going for a 2nd opinion from another OB before we take it any farther! It is a very scary situation to be in but woman in our same situations have healthy happy babies every day! I am sure we can too! http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/dance.gif
I wish you the best of luck & I will keep ya posted on what else I learn!
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