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Epilepsy drug might harm fetuses

Children exposed to valproate in utero may face risk of lower IQs

5:21pm, April 15, 2009

Editor’s note: This story first appeared on SN Online April 15. Science News is reposting it as a way to communicate that, based on this study and other research, the American Association of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society decided on April 27 to recommend that women who have epilepsy avoid taking valproate during pregnancy.

“Good evidence shows that valproate is linked to an increased risk for fetal malformations a

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