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What are the side effects of Depakote?

Depakote can cause a number of side effects which require that you contact your doctor immediately. They include: an increase in the severity of seizures; unexplained bruising, bleeding or purple spots on the skin; allergic reactions, such as facial swelling, itching, blisters, rash or hives; unexplained fatigue or joint weakness; difficulty breathing or swallowing; uncontrolled movement of the arms, legs or eyes; an increased number of depressive or suicidal thoughts; a yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (jaundice); severe abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting; and confusion or a worsening of mood. Depakote also can cause side effects that do not require immediate medical attention. However, notify your doctor if these milder symptoms persist or worsen over time: fluctuations of menstrual cycle; changes in weight; a loss or increase in appetite; diarrhea or constipation; heartburn; drowsiness; slight loss of coordination or memory; mood swings, including agitation or slightly abnormal thinking; hair loss or unexplained growth; headaches or dizziness; flu-like symptoms, such as a runny nose or sore throat; ringing in the ears; blurred vision.

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