Category: "Women and Epilepsy"

Exposure to Valproate Risk for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Exposure to Valproate Risk for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

What is the risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children prenatally exposed to valproate (Depakote) and other antiepileptic drugs? In a population-based study of 913,302 children in Denmark, prenatal exposure to valproate was significantly associated with a 48% increased risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder compared with children with no valproate exposure. No association was identified for other […]

Catamenial Epilepsy

Catamenial Epilepsy

Catamenial epilepsy is a form of seizure disorder that occurs in women with the frequency of the seizures related to the time of the menstrual cycle. Its name comes from the Greek word “katomenios”, meaning “monthly”. It seems to be caused by fluctuations in the level of estrogen and progesterone. It makes up about 10% […]

Prenatal Folic Acid Supplementation Found to Reduce Risk of Autistic Traits in Children of Women Taking AEDs

Prenatal Folic Acid Supplementation Found to Reduce Risk of Autistic Traits in Children of Women Taking AEDs

Prenatal folic acid supplements were found to reduce the risk of autistic traits in children born to women who were taking antiepileptic drugs while pregnant, according to a study published online on December 26 in JAMA Neurology.   The risk was less for these women compared with those who did not take folic acid supplements.

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