Topamax Side Effects - Cleft Palate

Cleft palate

Cleft palate occurs when the two parts of the skull that form the roof of the mouth (hard palate) do not properly join. Additionally the soft-palate is not joined. In most cases of cleft palate, cleft lip also occurs. The degree of cleft may vary. Cleft palate appears as a hole in the roof of the mouth that leaves the nasal cavity exposed to the mouth. Surgery to correct cleft-palate (and accompanying cleft lip) is usually successful, especially when performed early.

Risks of Topamax to a developing baby

In a continuing study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health since 1997, findings indicate that Topamax cleft palate and cleft lip may occur when pregnant women take this anti-seizure medication either alone or in combinations with other medications. If you have taken anti-epilepsy or anti-seizure mediations while pregnant, the AED (Antiepileptic drug pregnancy) Registry would like to hear from you about your experience. You may contact them here:

Topamax cleft palate lawsuit

If your child suffers from Topamax cleft palate, contact our Topamax legal team about filing a Topamax cleft palate lawsuit. A successful lawsuit could compensate you and help you care for, or even treat, your child’s Topamax side effects.


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Last modified: September 10, 2020