Generic Name: Valproic Acid (val-PROE-ik AS-id)Drug Class: Anticonvulsant
- Drug Uses
- General Information
- How it Works
- How to Take It
- Possible Side Effects
- Warnings and Precautions
- Drug Interactions
- Missing a Dose
- Pregnancy or Nursing
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect,
adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions
about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.
How it Works
How to Take It
Possible Side Effects
- Talk to your doctor if these side effects become severe:
- hair loss
- Contact your doctor immediately if you experience:
- abdominal cramps
- change in weight
- changes in mood
- loss of appetite
- yellowing of the eyes or skin
- severe stomach with nausea and vomiting
- swelling of the face
- changes in mentrual cycle
- Valproic acid should be used cautiously by patients with liver disease and by the elderly.
- This medication should NOT be abruptly discontinued, due to the possibility of life-threatening seizure activity.
- This medicine can cause dizziness or drowsiness.
- Alcoholic beverages can increase the side effects of this medicine and should be avoided.
- Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
- Tell your doctor about all medications that you are taking including:
- and warfarin
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out
of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat
and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated
or no longer needed.
This medicine can cause fetal damage during the first trimester and should
not be used during pregnancy if other options are available. Small amounts
of divalproex have been shown to be excreted in breast milk, so should be
used with caution while breast-feeding.
More InformationFor more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 19 May 2015
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