Reducing Epilepsy Drug Doses Key to cutting Birth Defects

Epilepsy drug in pregnancy linked to baby’s higher autism risk

Epilepsy drug in pregnancy linked to baby's higher autism risk
Melissa Healy, LA Times science and medicine reporter

Pregnant women who took the anti-seizure drug valproate during pregnancy increased the odds that their baby would have autism, and were roughly twice as likely to give birth to a child who would go on to be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, according to a large study that captured ten years of births in Denmark.

Read Epilepsy drug in pregnancy linked to baby’s higher autism risk, by Melissa Healy, 24 April 2013

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