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ABN statement on use of sodium valproate in pregnancy for general readers

The Association of British Neurologists has been concerned for many years about women taking the epilepsy treatment sodium valproate in pregnancy.  We strongly support the proposed changes in labeling and the provision of additional information for women taking this treatment. Valproate can damage the unborn baby, and can increase the risk of low intelligence and autism in children whose mothers took this medication in pregnancy.

 However, for women taking valproate and thinking of a pregnancy, changing to another treatment is not straightforward, because valproate is such a good treatment for some kinds of epilepsy. If a young woman is already taking valproate and would like to become pregnant, it is important she is made aware of and understands the other risks.

 Thus, we are very keen that any woman who is taking valproate must know all about the risks of becoming pregnant whilst taking this treatment. However, we also know changing to another treatment can have its own problems, and anyone making this change will need a lot of information and support.

 

A more detailed statement is available here

 

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