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Hair loss appears to be a common complaint in people taking Depakote® (divalproex sodium). In clinical studies, hair loss was reported in up to 24 percent of people who took the medication. In these studies, this problem occurred more frequently in people taking Depakote than in those not taking the drug. It was most common in people taking Depakote for complex partial seizures and was less common in those taking the medicine for other conditions.
If you are taking Depakote and hair loss becomes a problem, talk with your healthcare provider. Depending on how severe the problem is, there are things that he or she may be able to do. If your symptoms continue to be bothersome, or if your healthcare provider believes Depakote is causing your hair loss, he or she may recommend trying a different medicine to treat your condition.
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