Foetal Anti – Convulsant Syndrome

 

 

What is that you may be thinking ..

FACS can occur when anti-convulant Medication is taken during pregnancy. The medication crosses the Placenta and through to the developing Fetus.

FACSs refers to 3 different syndromes. These are –

  • Foetal Valproate Syndrome
  • Foetal Carbamazepine Syndrome
  • Foetal Hydantoin Syndrome

FACS can be diagnosed by a specialist when a mother to be is taking Anti – Epilepsy Medication during pregnancy.

The of type of drugs to think about are –

  • Epilim
  • Tegretol – Carbamazepine
  • Dilantin  – Phenytoin

Some of the possibilities are

  • Spina Bifida
  • Visual Difficulties
  • Lower IQ
  • Small size at birth
  • Attention and Memory problems
  • Slow Development

I have seen many questions about Medication and Epilepsy. It was interesting to hear this information. I have always thought the possibilities of these type of problems due to Epilepsy were pretty small. As I said, not all woman taking this type of medication will be affected, but sounds like they are a possibility.

I have often though that it wasn’t anything to worry about. I did think about this sort of thing when becoming a father. I was glad we didn’t have any problems getting pregnant. We have 2 healthy children.

People can be on these drugs for types for Medical issues other than Epilepsy, such as Mental Health.

For more information , take a look at the following website – FACSNZ

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3 thoughts on “Foetal Anti – Convulsant Syndrome

  1. That was so useful. I’ve been on Epilim/Depakote for 24 years and I’m running out of options. It’s great to have so much information in order to make an informed decision about whether to have children or not. Thank you!

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    1. Sounds like we started about the same time. I’m 34 and Epilepsy has been with me about 20 yrs. I’ve been on every drug available. Epilim was my first drug all those years ago.
      Thanks !!

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