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 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 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.
Conclusion from a study of 1.4 million births. They are also three times as likely to develop the agonizing condition in later life Experts say children born to arthritis sufferers should be given ‘special attention’ The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, was derived from 25 years of research
There is a significant relationship between the age of seizure onset and the age of menarche (the first occurrence of menstruation) in women with epilepsy, according to research presented at the 2017 American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting, held December 1-5, 2017 in Washington, DC. Researchers gathered data from a web-based survey from the Epilepsy […]
Some drugs used to treat epilepsy harm children who are exposed to them in the womb or through breast milk, a new analysis of the literature suggests1. The drug valproate is particularly risky, boosting the likelihood of autism and other developmental problems up to 17-fold. The study is the first to compare the relative risks […]