What is divalproex sodium?
Divalproex sodium affects chemicals in your body that may be involved in causing seizures.
Divalproex sodium is typically used to treat various types of seizure disorders.
Divalproex sodium may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide. Divalproex sodium is sometimes used together with other seizure medications.
The most severe side effect is a ten times higher-than-average incidence rate of serious, irreversible birth defects (teratogenic) such as births of brainless babies (anencephaly). Risk of birth defects such as spina bifida has been demonstrated among populations of female patients who took the medicine in childbearing age.
Otherwise, people who take this drug can experience a variety of side effects, some of which may require immediate medical attention.
Mild side effects include:
- decreased coordination
Especially dangerous side effects include:
- loss of appetite
- dark urine
The above side effects suggest a possibility of liver damage. People taking this drug should also call their doctor if they experience other serious side effects. Some serious side effects include:
- unusual bleeding (especially in the urine)
Some people also experience:
- body hair growth
1% to 10% of people report:
- weight gain
- increased appetite
- abnormal dreams
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