Depakote Birth DefectsThe US Food and Drug Administration, FDA, has required Abbott Laboratories, the manufacturer of Depakote to alert doctors and patients that Depakote can cause serious and life-threatening side effects, including birth defects.  The Depakote side effects may include potentially fatal liver damage, birth defects, and serious pancreatitis. The “Boxed Warning” mandated by the FDA,  is the strongest warning that the FDA can require a company to use in its drug labeling.

Birth defects associated with this increased risk include neural tube defects such as spina bifida, craniofacial defects, cardiovascular malformations, and malformations involving other parts of the body. Neural tube defects, including spina bifida, occur when the developing spinal column does not close properly, leaving the brain and or spinal cord exposed at birth.

Depakote, or divalproex sodium, is a compound made up of sodium valproate and valproic acid. The product is available as a tablet, solution, injectable, capsule, and long acting formulation.  Depakote is prescribed for the treatment of manic episodes associated with bi-polar disorders, seizure disorders, and migraine headaches. The various formulations are marketed as Depacon, Depakote, Depakote CP, Depakote ER, Depakene, and Stavzor.

If you took Depakote during pregnancy and your child was born with a birth defect, you and your child may have a “significant claim”. Solberg, Stewart & Miller are investigating possible Depakote injury lawsuits in Fargo, North Dakota and Minnesota.  If the Solberg law firm takes your case, you pay nothing unless you make a recovery.   Call 237.3166 (Fargo) or 1.877.237.3166 (toll free) or email

Contact  our “Depakote lawsuit attorneys” in Fargo, North Dakota and Minnesota.