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What is the relationship between medications and spina bifida?

Medications don't cause spina bifida in children or adults, but certain medications taken early in a pregnancy can put an unborn baby at risk for developing the disorder. These medications, generally those that prevent seizures, can change how the body uses folic acid. Because spina bifida is associated with a folic acid deficiency, anti-seizure medications can contribute to an unborn baby's risk of developing the disorder.  

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