Are you receiving the right information?
Data from our sodium valproate survey showed us that almost 70% of the women surveyed have not received new safety warnings about the dangers of taking it during pregnancy.
The MHRA said: "The results of the survey are important in helping us understand the effectiveness of the measures taken to date in the UK."
"If you are at all worried seek the advice of your GP"
‘There is a lot of talk in the media about the epilepsy medication sodium valproate at the moment. This is focusing on risks associated with the drug during pregnancy. It is always important not to suddenly stop taking your medication but if you are at all worried, to seek the advice of your GP. You can also call our helpline from Monday to Wednesday on 01494 601 400.’
Professor Ley Sander, Epilepsy Society medical director.
The Valproate Toolkit contains up-to-date information on the risks
"It is terrible to be given a drug for a severe illness and not be told about the side effects"
In this personal story Michelle discusses having her second baby, Stephen, while taking sodium valproate and her fury at not being told about the side effects of the epilepsy drug.