Topamax (topiramate) is a commonly prescribed drug used to treat seizures and migraine headaches. It is a member of the class of drugs known as “anti-convulsants,” and is manufactured and sold by Janssen Pharmaceuticals (formally Ortho-McNeil), a division of Johnson & Johnson.
Topamax has been successful at treating certain types of epileptic seizures and migraine headaches because it helps decrease abnormal nerve cell activity. Moreover, the medication is frequently prescribed, in addition to other drugs, as a treatment for Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, a type of childhood epilepsy, which often causes developmental delays.
In March 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned the public about an unpublicized danger associated with Topamax, which is that women who take the drug during pregnancy are 21 times more likely to give birth to a child with oral cleft defects, than women who do not take the medication. Additionally, there is an increased risk of other birth defects, including:
- Hypospadias (a penile defect in male infants).
- Spina Bifida
- Heart defects
- Lung defects
- Limb malformations
Many women who took Topamax while they were pregnant, and gave birth to children with birth defects, are now exploring their legal options. These women are alleging that had they known about the potentially harmful side effects, they would not have taken the medication during pregnancy. They are filing lawsuits against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, seeking compensation for costly medical treatments associated with their children’s birth defects, including multiple surgeries, and long-term care. Moreover, some plaintiffs further allege that Janssen Pharmaceuticals had knowledge as far back as 2008, that Topamax might cause birth defects, and failed to warn the public about these dangers.
The Rottenstein Law Group Advocates For Families With Children Injured by Topamax
If you were prescribed Topamax, took the drug as directed even during pregnancy, and gave birth to a child with birth defects, you and your child might be entitled to compensation for those injuries.
The Rottenstein Law Group has over 25 years of collective experience offering compassionate representation to victims of dangerous drugs and defective medical devices. Our personal injury lawyers will help you obtain compensation for unforeseen medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
If you feel you have cause to sue Janssen Pharmaceuticals for injuries you or your child suffered as a result of having taken Topamax, The Rottenstein Law Group can help. For a free consultation with an RLG attorney, please fill out this contact form, or call, 1 (877) 411-9617.