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  1. Actor Greg Grunberg Steps Up for Epilepsy

    On the NBC show Heroes, Greg Grunberg plays an ordinary guy with extraordinary powers. In real life, he credits astonishing powers to his 13-year-old son, Jake, who has lived with epilepsy for the past five years. Epilepsy, a neurological condition that affects 3 million Americans (350,000 of them a

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  2. Panel: Avoid Epilepsy Drug in Pregnancy

    April 27, 2009 (Seattle) -- Women with epilepsy should avoid taking the drug valproate (Depakote) during pregnancy if possible, according to new guidelines developed by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Epilepsy Society. "There is good evidence that valproate, whether used by

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  3. Epilepsy Drug Linked to Babies' Lower IQ

    April 15, 2009 -- Women with epilepsy who took the drug valproate (Depakote) during pregnancy gave birth to children whose IQ at age 3 averaged up to 9 points lower than the scores of children exposed to other epilepsy drugs, according to a new study. "Valproate exposure to the unborn child is assoc

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  4. Epilepsy Drugs Get Suicide Risk Warning

    Dec. 16, 2008 -- The FDA today announced that it will require makers of epilepsy drugs to add a warning about increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors to the products' prescribing information or labeling. The warning -- which won't be a "black box" warning -- applies to all antiepileptic me

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  5. Epilepsy Drug, Pregnancy Raise Autism Risk

    Dec. 1, 2008 -- Women who take the epilepsy drug valproate while pregnant may increase their child's risk of autism, a new study shows. British researchers looked at 632 children, almost half of whom were exposed to epilepsy drugs during gestation. Nine of the 632 have been diagnosed with autism, an

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  6. Survey Shows Under 2% Have Epilepsy

    Aug. 7, 2008 -- More than 1.5% of adults in the U.S. have been diagnosed with epilepsy -- a number that is likely to increase as the population ages, according to a new study published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The study, the first of its kind, reports that 1.65% of non-ins

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  7. FDA OKs First Generic Depakote

    July 29, 2008 -- The FDA today approved the first generic version of Depakote (divalproex sodium) delayed-release tablets. Depakote is approved by the FDA to treat seizures, bipolar disorder, and migraine headaches. "Generic drugs undergo a rigorous scientific review to ensure that they will provide

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  8. Topamax May Raise Risk of Birth Defects

    July 21, 2008 -- The epilepsy and migraine prevention drug Topamax has been linked to an increased risk of birth defects in babies born to epilepsy patients who took it during pregnancy, a small study shows. In a study published in the latest issue of the journal Neurology, taking Topamax (topiramat

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  9. FDA Panel: No Warning on Epilepsy Drugs

    July 10, 2008 -- An expert advisory panel on Thursday backed away from an FDA proposal to place strong new warnings of suicide risk on the packaging of 11 common epilepsy drugs. The panel's vote applies to drugs including Neurontin, Lyrica, and Topamax. All of the drugs are approved to treat epileps

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  10. Got Epilepsy? Take Medication as Directed

    June 19, 2008 -- Here's notice to persons with epilepsy: Not taking medication to control seizures could be deadly. That's according to a new review of medical records examined from 1997 to 2006. Study researcher Edward Faught, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Epilepsy Center, and co

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