Women taking valproate still unaware of pregnancy risks, survey finds

One in ten women currently taking valproate are unaware that the medicine can cause birth defects in pregnancy, according to a survey carried out by three epilepsy charities.

by Chloe Harman
In girls or women of childbearing potential valproate should be initiated and supervised by a specialist and only used when other medications are not tolerated or ineffective. | GETTY IMAGES
In girls or women of childbearing potential valproate should be initiated and supervised by a specialist and only used when other medications are not tolerated or ineffective. | GETTY IMAGES

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