What should I know about Depakote ER before taking it?

Depakote ER has been known to cause liver failure that can be fatal. Liver damage is more common in those with a history of liver disease, severe seizure disorder in addition to developmental disability, organic brain disease and in children under two years of age who are taking Depakote ER. Pancreas inflammation has been known to occur, which also can be life-threatening. Depakote ER also has been linked with a severe drug reaction that can cause fever, a rash and swollen lymph nodes. If you notice these symptoms, tell your doctor right away.  

You should talk with your doctor or pharmacist about any medications you are currently taking or medical conditions that may be affected by Depakote ER. Once you begin taking Depakote ER, do not stop taking it without informing your doctor. Severe side effects can occur that a decrease in dosage can help avoid. Depakote ER can cause birth defects, so you shouldn't use Depakote ER if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Talk to your doctor if you become pregnant while on Depakote ER.

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