Can I take valproic acid if my husband and I are trying to have a baby?

Valproic acid can cause birth defects or reduced IQ in babies born to women who use this medicine while they are pregnant. In addition, studies have linked valproic acid use in pregnancy to an increased chance of autism spectrum disorders in the children. You should not take valproic acid if you are trying to get pregnant. If you are not pregnant, you should use effective birth control measures. The risk of birth defects is high during the first trimester of pregnancy, when you might not even know you are pregnant.

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