The Australian Pregnancy Register is a voluntary, national register of women who become pregnant while taking an antiepileptic drug. It has been running for 10 years.
From previous research it is believed that women who are taking an AED may have a slightly higher incidence (4-6%) of having babies with birth defects than the general population (2-3%).
After ten years of data collection and analysis, there is now some evidence to determine whether this small increase is related directly to the drugs, the epilepsy itself, or other factors.
As a result from this study we are getting closer to defining safer treatment choices.
DO NOT STOP TAKING MEDICATIONS WITHOUTFIRST CONSULTING YOUR DOCTOR AS THIS MAY RESULT IN UNCONTROLLED SEIZURES WITH POTENTIALLY SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES FOR BOTH THE MOTHER AND THE UNBORN BABY.
Call the toll free number 1800 069 722 or visit www.apr.org.au.
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