Nowadays, everything is linked to depression, and migraines are no different in some experts’ eyes. In fact, female migraine sufferers are 40 percent more likely to show signs of depression, which is ironic since one of the leading treatments for migraines is Topamax, which causes birth defects in babies born to women who take the drug while pregnant.
These days, studies are being conducted to see if migraines and depression are linked to one another. One of these studies is being led by a group of researchers at CCNY’s Grove School of Engineering. The group has developed tDCS, (Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation), which the researchers believe can actually undo the brain changes that are caused by chronic migraines. The tDCS is believed to be able to reduce the intensity of a person’s migraines by 37 percent as well as prevent migraines when it is used every day.
Scientists think that the tDCS device could even be safer than taking migraine medications, including the popular epilepsy drug Topamax, which often is prescribed to migraine sufferers. So far, the side effects linked to tDCS include a “mild tingling sensation.” However, the side effects linked to Topamax use may be far more significant, as they include PPHN, cleft palate and heart, lung and brain defects in babies whose mothers take the drugs while pregnant.
While the tDCS device requires more research before it can be confirmed as an effective treatment for migraines, drugs like Topamax will continue to be used. With the risk-to-benefit ratio being so iffy with Topamax, the results of future studies of the tDCS device will be a very welcome bit of information.
If your baby was born with any of these birth defects after being exposed to Topamax during gestation, contact Greg Jones today for a free consultation. I am experienced at fighting Topamax lawsuits and may be able to help you recover money for your baby’s injuries.