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What should I know about Depakote Sprinkle Capsules?

You should know that women who are pregnant, or who may become pregnant, should not take Depakote. The drug may cause severe birth defects or lower IQ in the child. Women of childbearing age should not take Depakote unless the drug is essential to the management of a medical condition.

If you have a history of liver problems, a known allergy to divalproex sodium or suffer from urea cycle disorder, you should not take Depakote. This medication has been known to cause liver failure, particularly in children under two years of age. Children who are mentally impaired, taking multiple seizure medications or suffering from a metabolic disorder are at increased risk of liver failure if they take Depakote. This medication has been known to cause mental health problems. If you have suicidal thoughts while taking Depakote, you should contact your doctor immediately. You should discuss taking Depakote with your doctor if you have a history of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) or CMV (cytomegalovirus) infection, head injuries, coma, bleeding or blood clotting disorder, brain disorders or a history of a urea cycle disorder in your family.

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