I read somewhere that an unusual side effect of depakote is an increased occurence of upper respiratory infections. I don't know if that's true, but I never got sick until the last few years. Now I'm hacking my head off at least 4 times/year. The only thing is that I work with a lot of germs. I catch things my co-workers don't, but my body is under more constant stress.
Once I get sick I pretty much can't take anything. Tylenol, which is useless. Claritin, which has a questionable effect, as does nasal spray. I have a prescription for Vicodin to use with severe coughing; tonight that is coming out because I'm coughing so hard it's gagging me.
I feel terrible. I want nothing more than to sleep for several days and I can't sleep because I have to be upright to breathe.
But it is a happy day because I am going to see the psychiatrist and I can beg to be allowed a few does of something more effective than hot tea at cleaning out my lungs.
Darn germy patients (and this time I know exactly which one....:)