I would really appreciate it if you could give me some info on anything that helps with the hairloss- I have been giving her a zinc and folate supplement since she started the Depakote but it doesn't seem to be preventing the hairloss. Though maybe without the supplements it would be worse who knows! I have left a message at the pediatricians asking him to ring me.
The Depakote does seem to be an effective drug though-she has had no partials and fewer absences since she has been on it. She has been started on 100mg per day single dose taken at night, but today I decided to split the dose and give her half in the morning to see if it would help her get through the whole school day. I've been picking her up at lunch time this week. I keep in touch with her via text messaging and she said at lunchtime that she was ok and that she was still able to concentrate which is an improvement for her as she has been quite spacey and feeling funny by this time on other days.
I feel so grateful that although these drugs have nasty physical side effects they don't seem to be impairing her ability to learn and she seems to have all her cognitive abilities intact.