valproate sodium syrup - oral, Depakene (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: See also Warning section.Before taking valproate sodium, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to valproic acid or divalproex sodium; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this drug, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: liver disease, pancreatitis, certain metabolic disorders (urea cycle disorders).Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: alcohol abuse, bleeding problems, brain disease (dementia), kidney disease, low body water (dehydration), poor nutrition.Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to its side effects, especially drowsiness or tremor.This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. However, since untreated seizures are a serious condition that can harm both a pregnant woman and her unborn baby, do not stop taking this medication unless directed by your doctor. If you are planning pregnancy, become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, immediately talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of using this medication during pregnancy. Your doctor may switch the type of medication you use during pregnancy. See also Warning section.This medication passes into breast milk. While there have been no reports of harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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