Epilepsy medications during pregnancy affected children differently depending on type
(dailyRx News) Women with epilepsy usually need to take medications to treat the condition even while they are pregnant. But how do those medications affect their developing babies? A recent study found that one epilepsy medication appeared to affect children’s development less than another when the children were preschoolers.
The two medications studied were levetiracetam (brand name Keppra) and valproate sodium (brand name Depacon, Depakene or Depakote). Children whose mothers took levetiracetam during pregnancy scored similarly to children not exposed to medications in the womb. Children whose mothers took valproate sodium scored lower with motor skills and language skills.
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