December 5, 2007

A New Study on the Effects of Pregnancy on Bipolar Disorder

A new study published in this month's issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry, examined three groups of pregnant women suffering from bipolar disorder. The goal of the study was to examine the course of bipolar disorder during pregnancy. Past studies have demonstrated that mothers suffering from bipolar disorder are at an increased risk for relapse during the postpartum period, i.e., the period of time immediately following childbirth. This risk has been shown to be higher for women (suffering from bipolar disorder) who aren't on mood stabilizers while pregnant, as compared to women who are on mood stabilizers while pregnant. Read more...
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May 9, 2007

Valproate Used During Pregnancy Linked To Lower IQ in Children

We've seen studies that have investigated Valproate in the treatment of bipolar disorder - but we don't know whether this practice has spread, and if so how frequently it is used off-label in this application. Because of the research that has been done in this area, we thought this would be of interest. Children of women who took the drug valproate during pregnancy appear to be at a greater risk for lower IQ, according to recent research. The study looked at IQ test results for 187 two-year-old children of mothers who took the epilepsy drugs carbamazepine, lamotrigine, phenytoin, or valproate Read more...
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October 3, 2006

Bipolar drug Lamictal tied to birth defects

The FDA is notifying health care professionals and patients of new preliminary information suggesting that exposure to Lamictal (lamotrigine) during the first 3 months of pregnancy may lead to an increased risk of cleft lip or cleft palate in newborns. New research suggests that babies exposed to Lamictal during the first three months of pregnancy may have a higher chance of being born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. Babies born with cleft lip or cleft palate have a gap in the upper lip or roof of the mouth. If you take Lamictal and are pregnant or are thinking Read more...
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