Valproic Acid

Side Effects of Valproic Acid

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with valproic acid. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
 
  • Shakiness (tremors)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Weakness
  • Drowsiness.
     
(Click Valproic Acid Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 

Drug Interactions

Valproic acid can potentially interact with many other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Valproic Acid).
 

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking valproic acid if you have:
 
  • Liver disease, such as liver failure or cirrhosis
  • A urea cycle disorder
  • Mental retardation
  • A blood disorder
  • Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
You should also make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Valproic Acid to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 
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