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Can I take Depakene if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

Depakene can cause severe birth defects. Approximately 1% to 2% of babies born to women who take a drug containing valproic acid (the active ingredient in Depakene) during the first three months of pregnancy develop spina bifida. This birth defect can cause paralysis, learning disabilities, and other profound problems. The drug may also lower IQ in the child. Depakene can also be passed to a nursing infant through breast milk; do not breast-feed while taking this medication.

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