The Consumer Justice Foundation Alerts Public of Report of Alleged Depakote Side Effect Involving Weight Gain as Written By Pharmacy Official in Houston

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The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation that is staffed by a team of professionals and whose Web site URL can be found at http://www.depakotebirthinjury.com, provides awareness for consumers through free online informational resources regarding the potential dangers of using certain prescription medications. The CJF hereby alerts the public that an allegation of a Depakote side effect was recently made by its inclusion on a list of medications that can lead to weight gain. The report was released by a prominent pharmacist in Houston.

I advocate patients talking with the pharmacist first, so they don't just arbitrarily stop their medication before their next [medical] appointment.

The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation that is staffed by professional consumer advocates dedicated to providing free online informational resources regarding the potential dangers of certain prescription medications, hereby alerts the public of a newly alleged Depakote side effect that was initially mentioned by a prominent pharmacist in Houston. This alleged Depakote side effect is weight gain.

Specifically, Ryan Roux, the Chief Pharmacy Officer with the Harris County Hospital District in Houston, Texas compiled lists of popular and prevalent medications in the United States that would be classified as "weight-promoting" and "weight-neutral or weight-loss" in terms of their effect on the weights of those who were using them. These medications included those that have been used for such medical conditions as high blood pressure, diabetes and bipolar disorder. These lists were disseminated by the publication known as HealthDay.

The alleged Depakote side effect of weight gain was mentioned because valproic acid, the active ingredient in Depakote, was included in the list of drugs that have been tied to weight gain along with other antipsychotic medications. "They work on the brain, and appetite control is largely a brain function. They make you more hungry," said Dr. Lawrence Cheskin, the director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center.

In conjunction with the release of this list, Mr. Roux stated, “I advocate patients talking with the pharmacist first, so they don't just arbitrarily stop their medication before their next [medical] appointment. It should not be an embarrassment either to a patient or a provider to try to dig in, to get into a person's specific comfort level with their medication."

About the Consumer Justice Foundation

The Consumer Justice Foundation, whose Web site is located at http://www.consumerjusticefoundation.com, is a public resource that's been built and maintained by a group of concerned professionals who want to provide general information for consumers regarding the potential dangers involved with the use of Depakote while pregnant. This resource is not to be considered as medical or legal advice, which should only be dispensed by a licensed medical doctor or a Depakote lawyer.

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