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Can pregnant women take Topamax (topiramate)?

Topamax (topiramate) is classified as a pregnancy Category D medication, meaning that it may cause harm to your unborn child. An increased risk of cleft lip and/or cleft palate development in the fetus of a pregnant woman taking Topamax has been reported. In animal studies, the medication caused birth defects, miscarriages and low fetal weight when it was given during pregnancy. If you are taking Topamax and you become pregnant, talk to your doctor so the benefits and risks of taking the medication can be discussed.

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