US Pharm. 2017;42(5):36.
Aarhus, Denmark—Previous studies have shown that antiepileptics taken during pregnancy could cause congenital fetal malformations and affect the child’s brain development. However, a new study of 963,010 children born between 1997 and 2012 found that those whose mothers took antiepileptics during pregnancy (n = 4,478) did not visit the doctor more often than children who were not exposed to these agents in utero, and being born to a mother who took antiepileptics during pregnancy appeared not to harm the child’s health. There remains a lack of knowledge regarding the general health of children exposed to antiepileptics in utero, but this new study is reassuring for women who need to take these medications while pregnant.To comment on this article, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.