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Depakote Side Effects

Bipolar Medications Library

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Updated July 06, 2009

List of Depakote side effects. Depakote is one of the brand names for the generic medications valproic acid and divalproex sodium. Depakene is another brand name. These anticonvulsants are frequently used as mood stabilizers in the management of bipolar disorder. Patients taking any form of Depakote should be aware of the potential side effects.

Common Depakote Side Effects:

Check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

Abdominal or stomach cramps (mild); change in menstrual periods; diarrhea; hair loss; indigestion; loss of appetite; nausea and vomiting; trembling of hands and arms; unusual weight loss or gain

Less Common Depakote Side Effects:

Check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

Clumsiness or unsteadiness; constipation; dizziness; drowsiness; headache; skin rash; unusual excitement, restlessness, or irritability

Always notify your doctor if you experience any of these Depakote side effects:

Less Common: Abdominal or stomach cramps (severe); behavioral, mood, or mental changes; continuous, uncontrolled back-and-forth and/or rolling eye movements; double vision; increase in seizures; loss of appetite; nausea or vomiting (continuing); spots before eyes; swelling of face; tiredness and weakness; unusual bleeding or bruising; yellow eyes or skin

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other Depakote side effects, check with your doctor.

Disclaimer: This is not intended to be all-inclusive or to replace information provided by your doctor or with the prescription from the manufacturer.

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