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Is Depakote Safe?

Depakote is a prescription drug used to treat epilepsy, manic episodes or migraine headaches. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration first approved the drug in 1983. It may cause various side effects and complications, some of which can be quite serious.

Learn more about the drug, its possible complications and legal implications. Cordisco & Saile LLC can help if you suffered harm – call 215-642-2335.


What’s in Depakote, and how does it work?

The active ingredient in Depakote is divalproex sodium. Depakote was originally developed to treat epilepsy. Today, doctors may prescribe the drug to treat manic episodes in those who suffer from bipolar disorder. They also may prescribe it to provide relief for those who suffer from migraine headaches. Divalproex sodium reduces the rate at which neurotransmitters fire. This can help reduce mania, seizures and migraines.

The Potential Dangers of Depakote

Depakote has proven to be an effective treatment option for many. But it does not lack the potential for serious consequences. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, risks of Depakote include suicidal behavior and ideation and risks for a fetus if taken during pregnancy. Risks to the fetus include neural tube defects, craniofacial defects and cardiovascular malformations.

The other side effects of Depakote are no more welcoming – complications might include an increased risk of pancreatitis, liver failure, blood clotting problems and more. Patients should review the risks and benefits of the drug with their doctors.

Filing a Defective Drug Lawsuit for Serious Depakote Side Effects

Defective and dangerous drugs fall under product liability laws in the United States. The manufacturer of a product must create a product that is relatively safe for consumer use and warn of any product hazards. When a hazard is unknown to the consumer, has an unexpected danger or causes harm to a consumer, then the manufacturer of that product may be liable for any injuries.

Abbott Laboratories manufactures Depakote. Many victims of Depakote – like mothers who gave birth to babies with birth defects after taking Depakote – have already filled a product liability suit against Abbott Laboratories. In some cases, an injured patient may file a claim against a doctor who negligently prescribed the drug or other negligent parties.

Compensation Available & Statute of Limitations for Defective Product Claim

If you file a lawsuit against Depakote and win, you will be awarded damages. Damages that you may recover in a defective drug lawsuit include pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and more. An attorney can better explain to you recoverable damages based on the circumstances of your case.

If you believe you have a valid case against the manufacturer or another party, meet with an attorney to review your case. Keep in mind that Pennsylvania limits the amount of time that you have to take legal action against the manufacturer of a dangerous product. The statute of limitations is two years from the date your injury occurred.

Call an Attorney in Pennsylvania if You Suffered Harm

If you suffered harm and suspect Depakote is to blame, get help from an attorney familiar with product liability law and dangerous drugs in particular. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our attorneys are ready to meet with you to explain your legal rights and options. If you decide to file a lawsuit, we’ll collect evidence and present it during negotiations or during a lawsuit. Get started by calling us today. You can reach our offices now at 215-642-2335 or fill out the form on our contact page to set up a consultation.