Topamax Lawyers, Washington, DC.
If you have suffered from the use of Topamax, it may be in your best interest to consult with a Topamax lawyer in Washington, DC. A lawyer in Washington, DC. may be able to help you receive the compensation that you deserve. Many users of Topamax have filed lawsuits against its manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, after using the drug during pregnancy. Claimants assert that the drug caused birth defects to their babies or that they have experienced other severe side effects.
What is Topamax?
Topamax is an anticonvulsant drug that is used to treat epilepsy and migraines.
If you or someone that you care about has used Topamax in the past you may have a claim. Contact a Washington, DC Topamax lawyer to see what your options are for seeking the compensation that you deserve.
Topamax has also been used for “off-label” bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions. The drug has been approved for use with:
- Monotherapy for Epilepsy with partial or generalized tonic-clonic seizures in adults and children ages 2 and up.
- Adjunctive therapy for epilepsy with partial or generalized tonic-clonic seizures in adults and children ages 2 and up.
- Seizures that are associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
- Prophylaxis of Migraine in adults and adolescents ages 12 and up.
Medications may be used “off-label” for conditions which have not been approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration. However, the manufacturers are prohibited from marketing or advertising drugs for off-label purposes’.
If you have used Topamax for “off-label” use, you may have suffered from some of the common and/or not as common but dangerous side effects. Contact a Washington DC Topamax lawyer today to discuss your options.
Some common side effects resulting from Topamax use include:
- Burning, prickling or tingling sensations
- Decreased sensitivity in skin
- Difficulty with memory
- Slowed thinking
- Lack of appetite
- Change in the way food taste
- Nausea or abdominal pain
- Speech problems
- Tiredness or drowsiness
- Clumsiness or unsteadiness
More severe side effects include:
- Eye pain
- Blurry vision
- Double vision
- Decreased sweating and increased body temperature
- Metabolic acidosis
- Loss of appetite
- Changes in the heartbeat
- Mental confusion
- Suicidal thoughts
- Anxiety or irritability
- Aggressive behavior
- Panic attacks
- Birth defects
If you have suffered from any of these conditions due to the use of Topamax, a lawyer in Washington, DC. may be able to help you receive the compensation that you deserve.
In 2011 the FDA issued a warning concerning the use of Topamax. Researchers found that the use of the drug during the first trimester of pregnancy increased the number of babies born with a cleft palate by 21%
A separate study found that Topamax compared to other anti-seizure medications had a three times greater risk of cleft lip or palate when using Topamax.
Other birth defects that may be found in babies include:
- Heart defects
- Cleft palate or lip
- Limb malformations
- Low birth weight
- Lung defects
- Spina Bifida
- Limb defects
- Neural tube defects
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn
- Fetal death
If you or your child have suffered from side effects of Topamax, you may deserve compensation. For a highly rated Topamax lawyer in Washington, DC, contact Cohen & Cohen, P.C. for a free case evaluation with no obligation.