Valproate – contraindicated in women of childbearing potential

1st November 2018 by Louise Hudman

Valproate – contraindicated in women of childbearing potential

You have probably heard about this on the news, or seen it in other forms, but in case you have missed it, I felt it important to do an update. This information came out in Apr 18 from MHRA.

Valproate is contraindicated for any reason, unless a Pregnancy Prevention Programme is in place (see below).

It is also contraindicated in pregnancy. The only exception is in epilepsy where it may not be feasible to change medications.

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