Topamax, more widely known as Topiramate, is an anticonvulsant generic medicine or drug for people suffering from migraine attacks and epileptic seizures. Manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and made available in 1996, it came as a very timely medication that relieved the excruciating pains brought about by migraine, as well as attacks due to epilepsy. It reduced the pain and held back seizures by controlling nerve signals and, based on the effects it had then, Topamax showed to be much more effective than any other brand.
Its efficacy made it the top choice of both doctors and patients, including pregnant women. Not long after, though, stories about the drug’s severe side effects, most serious on unborn children, began to be recorded. The website of Williams Kherkher explains that the three widespread side-effects identified with Topamax are cleft palate, cleft lip, and hypospadias, a flaw that puts the urethra at the underside of the male organ; the urethra is the passageway of the urine from the bladder.
The effect on unborn children was due to women who took the drug during their pregnancy. Due to the greater harm Topamax caused, the United States Food and Drug Administration began advising doctors to issue the strictest caution to patients when prescribing the drug. A statement telling of the great risks Topamax exposed pregnant women and their unborn children to, was also released by the USFDA in March of 2011.
Besides the severe harm to unborn children, Topamax was also found to cause other, more ordinary, side effects, including nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, speech problems, coordination problems, vision and sensory distortion, difficulty with concentration and memory retention, which causes some people to experience memory recall issues, changes in taste (food and carbonated drinks), numbness and tingling, which is more commonly known as paresthesia, a numbness in the arms and /or legs which many describe as “pins and needles,” and others.
Once affected by Topamax, any deformity in the unborn child could be irreversible. Upon birth, however, surgical procedures may be performed to correct whatever the defect is. Surgery and other required treatments, though, are expensive. This is where the moral and legal obligation of the manufacturer of Topamax ought to be taken into account. Legally speaking, its manufacturers may be required to compensate those who can prove their child’s deformities were directly caused by Topamax.
Despite being effective, there are many recorded Topamax side effects and some of these are definitely serious. If you want to know what your legal rights are as a victim, going to a highly competent Topamax lawsuit attorney would be a commendable move.