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valproic acid (as sodium salt) oral

Does valproic acid (as sodium salt) oral have side effects?

The following side effects are associated with valproic acid (as sodium salt) oral:

Common side effects of valproic acid (as sodium salt) oral:

Ringing in the EarsLess Severe
Throat IrritationLess Severe
IndigestionLess Severe
Irregular PeriodsLess Severe
Hair LossLess Severe
DrowsinessLess Severe
DizzyLess Severe
Chronic Trouble SleepingLess Severe
Involuntary QuiveringLess Severe
Loss of AppetiteLess Severe
Weight GainLess Severe
Weight LossLess Severe
Feel Like Throwing UpLess Severe
Throwing UpLess Severe
DiarrheaLess Severe
Stomach CrampsLess Severe
InfectionLess Severe

Infrequent side effects of valproic acid (as sodium salt) oral:

Double VisionSevere
Involuntary Eye MovementSevere
Mental ImpairmentSevere
Fluid Retention in the Legs, Feet, Arms or HandsSevere
Trouble BreathingSevere
Mood ChangesSevere
DepressionLess Severe
Unsteady WalkingLess Severe
Hemorrhage of Blood Under the SkinLess Severe
Incomplete or Infrequent Bowel MovementsLess Severe
BackacheLess Severe
Loss of MemoryLess Severe
FeverLess Severe
Flu-Like SymptomsLess Severe
Voluntary Movement DifficultyLess Severe
Increased HungerLess Severe
Head PainLess Severe
NervousLess Severe
Feeling WeakLess Severe
Easily Angered or AnnoyedLess Severe

Rare side effects of valproic acid (as sodium salt) oral:

Problem BehaviorSevere
Yellowing of Skin or Eyes from Liver ProblemsSevere
Seeing SpotsSevere
Acute Liver FailureSevere
Hepatitis caused by DrugsSevere
Acute Inflammation of the PancreasSevere
Puffy Face from Water RetentionSevere
Swollen Lymph NodesSevere
Abnormal Liver Function TestsSevere
Low Body TemperatureSevere
High Amount of Ammonium in the BloodSevere
Decrease in the Ability of Platelet Cells to ClotSevere
Decreased Blood PlateletsSevere
Having Thoughts of SuicideSevere
Muscle WeaknessLess Severe
RashLess Severe
Over ExcitementLess Severe
Panic DisorderLess Severe

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