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Sodium Valproate Guidelines

New warnings and guidance on prescribing sodium valproate to girls and women with epilepsy have been issued by the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency). Research has shown that sodium valproate can cause serious problems in a developing baby. Of babies whose mothers take sodium valproate during pregnancy, up to 1 in 10 (10%) …

Toolkit on the risks of valproate medicines in female patients

Information about the toolkit to ensure female patients are better informed about the risks of taking valproate medicines during pregnancy. 14107630_10154526274844359_3141616800511632754_o Sodium Valproate is a treatment for epilepsy and bipolar disorder and is prescribed to thousands of women. Since its introduction in 1974, the product information for doctors has included a warning about the possible …

Parliamentary Written Questions

As part of the ongoing work of the APPG the following Written Questions was submitted to the Department of Health on behalf of our APPG member Andrew Gwynne MP. 1) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking through the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to ensure that …

Vital Knowledge

Let me ask you : Out of all your female friends/family aged 16-39ish, who are of childbearing age : Do you know anyone who suffers with deoression…maybe yourself, your sister or a friend?? Does one of the mums at school/work suffer with migraines?? Maybe a niece, cousin, auntie is diagnosed with Bipolar, mood swings?? A …

In-FACT ‘Independent Fetal Anti Convulsant Trust’

In-FACT (Independent Fetal Anti Convulsant Trust) was formed in November 2012 by myself and colleague Janet Williams. Both ourselves have children affected and diagnosed by the exposure to Sodium Valproate (Epilim). Janet has 2 children diagnosed with FACS and I myself have 5 children all diagnosed with FACS In-FACT’s OBJECTIVES In-FACT have been noted through …

Our Story

The FACS Association was established in November 2012. Founded by myself and colleague Janet Williams, FACSA are a not for profit support group providing information, support and help to children and their families diagnosed with the medical condition FAC-SYNDROME. The FACS Association is a sister organisation to In-FACT, both working together to ensure children with …

What is FACS?

Fetal Anti Convulsant syndrome is an Umbrella Term for a host of different Epilepsy medications taken during pregnancy that have had an affect on the baby in Utero. The following medications are medically known to be Teratogenic during pregnancy Sodium Valproate (1973) Phenytoin (1938) Carbamazepine (1963) Lamotrigine (1991) Topiramate (1995) Levetiracetem (2000) Epilepsy medicines are …