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NHS to send information to women and girls in England taking sodium valproate – Epilepsy Action

Wednesday, 16 June, 2021

NHS to send information to women and girls in England taking sodium valproate – Epilepsy Action

The NHS will be sending a letter with information to 20,000 women and girls in England who have a prescription of sodium valproate, over the coming days.

The letter will be sent to women and girls aged 12-55 and will contain information about actions to take if they are pregnant, trying for a baby or haven’t had a recent medicine review.

Sodium valproate can be used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder and may be the most effective medicine for some people. However, it is linked to increased risk of physical birth abnormalities, autism and developmental problems in babies exposed to it during pregnancy.

Read more at: https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/news/news/nhs-send-information-women-and-girls-england-taking-sodium-valproate-75368

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