The most common side effect while taking Depakote ER is drowsiness, in around 26% people who take this med, maybe you could have trouble focusing because of this effect.
However, if you feel its to bothersome, please do seek advice from the doc/pharmacist who prescribed the med to give you an alternate which would be more suitable to your system.
Take care, best wishes!
Just like Rajive said, yes extreme drowsiness is what you may mostly notice using this drug. I've used it long-term though, and in fact, used alone without anything else I find that my focus and perception is excellent (putting aside the fact that a 1 1/2 hour daily nap probably helps out with THAT lol!).
The drug data doesn't cite your issue as being a side effect either; so do you think it's possible that you might have acquired a touch of ADHD, as it can tend to happen with bipolar disorder? THAT issue would cause a lack of focus. Or alternatively, the depakote IF coupled with another drug, might cause you to zone out a bit, depending on the dosage plus the other drug(s). Hope that you get to the bottom of this! Kathleen
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