As with any medicine, side effects are possible. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects include, but are not limited to:
- Shakiness (tremors)
- Nausea or vomiting
(Click Depakote Side Effects to learn more about the possible side effects, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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Depakote can potentially interact with many other medicines (see Depakote Drug Interactions).
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
- Liver disease, such as liver failure or cirrhosis
- A urea cycle disorder
- Mental retardation
- A blood disorder
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Depakote and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding (see Depakote and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Depakote Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)