What side effects can my brother get if he takes valproic acid?

When taking valproic acid, side effects your brother could have may include:

• back pain
• changes in thinking
• constipation
• diarrhea
• dizziness
• hair loss
• headaches
• heartburn
• loss of memory
• mood swings
• sleepiness
• sore throat
• stuffy or runny nose
• trouble with coordination
• vision problems

Call your brother’s doctor right away if he has serious side effects, including:

• confusion
• depression
• fever
• hives
• skin blisters
• skin bruising or bleeding
• skin rash
• small purple skin spots
• swollen glands
• thoughts of suicide
• weak joints

If your brother has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

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