Mild Depakote side effects
Not all the adverse effects of Depakote are reported, but usual are:
- mild drowsiness
- stomach pain
- changes in the menstrual periods
- enlarged breasts
- weight changes
- hair loss
- vision changes
- unpleasant taste in the mouth
Severe Adverse effects of Depakote
Severe Depakote side effects require urgent medical attention and include:
- allergic reactions
- easy bruising
- bloody urine
- body aches
- flu symptoms
- less urination
- extreme drowsiness
- lack of coordination
- double vision
- severe skin reactions
What is Depakote used for?
Depakote, on its generic name Divalproex Sodium, is a medication that affects chemicals in the body, the chemical swhich are responsible for the appearance of seizures. This medication is helpful in treating several types of seizure diseases.
Depakote Interactions and Risks
- You encounter nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, appetite loss, low fever, dark urine, black stools or jaundice. All of these may be the signs of pancreatitis or liver damage. If you encounter any of these symptoms, you need to consult your doctor urgently.
- You have any new or worsening symptoms, such as behavioral or mood changes, anxiety, depression, agitations, hostility, restless, mental or physical hyperactivity or suicidal thoughts. All of these symptoms need to be reported to your healthcare provider immediately.
- You are likely to develop liver failure. In rare situations, this medication caused life-threatening liver failure, especially in children younger than 2 years of age. This category of patients is more likely to develop liver problems. These patients are in a greater danger as far as the risk of liver diseases is concerned, especially if they suffer from a metabolic condition, a brain disease that relates to mental impairment or if they take more than one seizure drug.
- You ever presented allergic reactions to Depakote.
- You suffer from liver disorder, urea cycle disorder, a blood clotting or bleeding disease, brain disease or HIV. All of these illnesses need to be reported to your doctor before starting to use Depakote, in order to make sure that you can safely take this drug along with these conditions.
- You have suicidal thoughts, symptoms of depression or any other new or worsening symptoms in the first months of treatment with Depakote. Report these to your healthcare provider. You may be required to visit your doctor on a regular basis and you should not miss any scheduled meeting. These symptoms usually appear when your dose is adjusted.
Depakote and pregnancy
Depakote received a category D rating and it’s expected to cause birth defects. It’s not recommended to use this drug without medical advice, if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Take efficient birth control pills, in order to avoid pregnancy during your treatment period with Depakote.
Despite of its harmful effect on the fetus, since a seizure during pregnancy is extremely dangerous. Don’t start or stop taking this drug during pregnancy without medical advice. You need to control your seizures during pregnancy.
Depakote and breastfeeding
Depakote may pass into breast milk and considered to be dangerous to the nursing baby. You are not allowed to take this drug during breastfeeding without being under constant medical attention.
Depakote daily dosage and overdose
The ideal Depakote dosage is 750 mg daily.
Be careful with overdosing; symptoms include: insomnia, drowsiness, shallow breathing, weak pulse or loss of consciousness.