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Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Treatment

If you know an infant or child with cleft lip or cleft palate, you may be wondering: how do you treat cleft lip and cleft palate? How is it repaired? Is it difficult to repair?

Each individual case is different and your doctor, or a team of doctors, will come up with an individual plan, based on the severity of the condition.

The following specialists may become involves in treating a child with cleft lip or cleft palate:

  • Pediatrician,
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Causes of Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

If you have a child or know someone with cleft lip and cleft palate, you may be wondering what causes cleft lip and cleft palate?

Doctors are often unable to determine the cause, but researchers have shown that when mothers have taken Topamax in the first trimester of pregnancy, their babies are 21 times more likely to develop cleft lip or cleft palate.

In many cases, however, the condition may be due to ...

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Topamax and Birth Defects

Several studies show that Topamax, or topiramate, can cause or increase the risk of birth defects.

Topamax is an anti-seizure drug manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.  It is also prescribed to treat migraines and bi-polar disorder. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed across the United States, claiming that Topamax caused cleft lip, cleft palate, or other birth defects.

Although cleft lip and cleft palate can occur in the normal population, several studies demonstrate ...

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What are the side-effects of 2,4,6-tribromoanisole, or TBA?

After Johnson & Johnson announced that Topamax, Tylenol, and other over-the-counter drugs may be contaminated with TBA (short for a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole), people are wondering whether should be worried about adverse health effects. TBA is also called a “halogenated anisole compound.”

Unfortunately, not much is known about the effects of TBA. The FDA reports that the risks appear to be minimal, particularly because TBA-contaminated drugs likely contain very low levels of the ...

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Topamax Side-Effects

Topamax, or topiramate, is associated with a variety of side effects. Fortunately, most of them are relatively minor. According to the manufacturer, Topamax is associated primarily with:

  • numbness and tingling,
  • fatigue,
  • taste changes,
  • weight loss,
  • and difficulty with concentration, attention and memory.

There are also reports of more serious symptoms, including:

  • sudden decrease in vision,
  • decreased sweating,
  • fever,
  • suicidal thoughts or actions,
  • hyperventilation (rapid, deep breathing),
  • tiredness,
  • loss of appetite,
  • irregular heartbeat, and changes in the level of alertness.

Probably the most serious side effect ...

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Further Quality Problems Plague Topamax

Topamax, or topiramate, is an anti-seizure drug manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.  It is also prescribed to treat migraines and bi-polar disorder. There have been hundreds of lawsuits claiming the drug causes birth defects. Last month, J&J issued a recall notice for two lots (approximately 57,000 bottles) of Topamax after complaints about an unusual odor.

J&J has already recalled Tylenol and dozens of other over-the-counter medications because of unusual odors, which the ...

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