My daughter had a miscarriage in 1997. She blames the use of tegretol . I was wondering when the studies revealed this was a cause of miscarriage as she blames me and her drs on signing for her to receive this medication. Did the drs know this- as she was under age, and this has been traumatic for us. Tx
If you had to sign permission for her to have it, I would bet what you signed was an informed consent paper, because it could cause miscarriage and birth defects. Its known that seizure meds can cause this. If there was no reason to believe she was pregnant, if she was underage, or didn't tell you, she can hardly blame you for it. I will try to find a date for you. If it was known then, you'd think the dr would have done a pregnancy test before ordering it. The pharmacist that filled it should have asked if the person taking it was pregnant. It was first marketed in 1960 and had been widely used for quite a while when she took it. With all meds, they can be a risk during pregnancy.
It doesn't always cause these problems. In this case the need outweighed the risk, so it was given to her. She pretty much needs to move on into the future and stop worrying about the past. Miscarriages happen, many of us have had one. We can't dwell on it for the rest of our lives.
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