25 Jan 2019

Risks of anti-epileptic drugs during pregnancy

From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 25 January 2019
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Taking anti-epileptic medicine during pregnancy can cause serious lifelong consequences for children. Auckland mother, Denise Astill's twins were affected in utero and have foetal anti-convulsant syndrome.

This impacts their health and education. Anti convulsant medication is not prescribed to treat epilepsy.

ACC's Senior Injury Prevention Specialist, Dee Young says it is imperative that the medical fraternity informs women of child-bearing age of the potential risks.

Denise Astill with Natasha and Jazmyn

Denise Astill with Natasha and Jazmyn Photo: supplied