You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug 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:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Depakote and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Depakote and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Divalproex to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
People who take too much divalproex may have overdose symptoms that could include:
- Heart block (a problem with the electrical system of the heart)
- Loss of life.
If you happen to take an overdose, seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Depakote Overdose for more information.)
Divalproex should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. You should store the tablets and capsules in an airtight container.
Keep this and all other medications out of the reach of children.