Valproate Anti-seizure Products Contraindicated for Migraine Prevention in Pregnant Women
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising healthcare professionals and women that the anti-seizure medication valproate sodium and related products, valproic acid and divalproex sodium, are contraindicated and should not be taken by pregnant women for the prevention of migraine headaches.
A Pregnancy Dilemma for a Medication?
Some medications are linked to disorders such as autism or to birth defects when taken during pregnancy. However, that risk must also be balanced against the medication's benefits.