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Who should not take Depakote?

Because Depakote has been known to cause life-threatening liver damage in children under two years of age, doctors must weigh the risks of Depakote against the possible benefits. Depakote is not usually given to children unless it is absolutely necessary. Depakote can cause birth defects and be passed to an infant through breastfeeding. Pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding must talk to their doctors before taking Depakote. Also, talk to your doctor before taking Depakote if you have a disease that affects your blood, kidneys, brain or liver, as Depakote may react with any one of these conditions. Inform your doctor of any medicine or drugs you are taking, any allergies you have or any upcoming surgeries. People who have a personal or family history of urea cycle disorder (excess amounts of ammonia), depression or suicidal thoughts should discuss the risks of taking Depakote with their doctor.

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