Are there any risks in taking Depakote?

Depakote has been known to cause life-threatening liver damage, especially in children younger than two years of age and people currently taking medications for seizures. Other people at risk for liver damage include: those who have mental retardation, liver disease, metabolic disorders or severe seizures. Depakote also can affect the pancreas and other internal organs. Depakote 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.  

If taken during pregnancy, Depakote can cause birth defects, stunted fetal growth, or lowered IQ in the child. Women who take Depakote while breastfeeding also risk harming their nursing infants. Because taking Depakote has been associated with depression of the nervous system, people taking Depakote may have trouble driving or performing other activities that involve coordination and sharp response. Adding other depressive substances, such as alcohol, may increase drowsiness.

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