I just received this medicine today to treat headaches/migraines. I've been reading through the reviews and I'm concerned with the side effects of hair loss and weight gain. I wanted to talk to some people about their experiences with this medicine and if they think the pros outweigh the cons.
Everyone will give you a different experience because that's how it is with meds. You can count on drowsiness (until you adapt to it, 2-3 weeks or less) and if you do not make the necessary dietary adjustments, weight gain is a possibility but easily curbed. Here is solid stuff to consider from our site, as it's not subjective, hope it helps:
Possible side effects of Depakote ER extended-release tablets:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Change in appetite; constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; hair loss; headache; indigestion; nausea; stomach cramps or pain; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weakness; weight changes.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing or swallowing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue); abnormal thinking; change in menstrual period; changes in behavior; chest pain; confusion; dark, tarry, or bloody stools; difficulty speaking; difficulty urinating or other urination problems; extreme tiredness; fast or irregular heartbeat; fainting; hallucinations; hearing loss; involuntary movements of the arms and legs; involuntary movements or chewing movements of the face, jaw, mouth, or tongue; joint pain; lack of energy; loss of coordination; memory loss; new or worsening mental or mood changes (eg, aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, depression, exaggerated feeling of well-being, hostility, impulsiveness, inability to sit still, irritability, panic attacks, restlessness); new or worsening seizures; nosebleed; pounding in the chest; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; ringing in the ears; severe or persistent nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain; shortness of breath; suicidal thoughts or actions; swelling of the arms or legs; swollen lymph nodes; symptoms of infection (eg, fever, chills, sore throat); symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine, loss of appetite, pale stools, severe stomach pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes); tremor; unusual bleeding or bruising; unusual weakness; vision changes or blurred vision.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
I stopped taking Depakote as I have bad ocd and insomnia. It seemed to cause daytime drowsiness but also insomnia. Strange medication. I currently take Trazodone extended release, Klonopin and Ambien. Trazodone E. R. Is called Oleptro and will not cause daytime drowsiness and is a powerful anti anxiety medication.
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