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Epilepsy Drug May Increase Risk for Spina Bifida.

Epilepsy Drug May Increase Risk for Spina Bifida.

HealthDay (12/3, Reinberg) reported, "Pregnant women with epilepsy who are taking carbamazepine (Tegretol) to control seizures may be at a slightly increased risk of having an infant with spina bifida, a new study finds." Researchers "reviewed existing research to determine the risk of birth defects among women taking Tegretol." They "found that infants of women taking Tegretol were 2.6 times more likely to have spina bifida, compared with women not taking any anti-epileptic medication."

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