Without a Prescription
Depakote, an epilepsy drug, is prescribed to treat certain types of seizures and convulsions.
It may be prescribed alone or with other anticonvulsant medications.
Depakote side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Throat inflammation;
- Swelling of the arms and legs due to fluid retention;
- Ringing in the ears;
- Loss or increase in appetite;
- Involuntary eye movements;
- Hair loss;
- Dimmed or blurred vision;
- Breathing difficulty;
- Abdominal cramps;
Older adults generally are prescribed reduced starting doses, and receive dosage increases more gradually than younger people.
ADULTS AND CHILDREN 10 OR OLDER
Your doctor may increase the dose at weekly intervals by 5 to 10 per 2.2 pounds per day until seizures are controlled or side effects become too severe.
The usual starting dose is 10 to 15 per 2.2 pounds of body weight per day.
The daily dose should not exceed 60 per 2.2 pounds per day.
If stomach upset develops, the dose may be increased more slowly.