I've been on Depakote with little help in controlling my moods. It caused weight gain, skin discoloration and acne, stopped my periods, and made my hair darker and wavier.
Tegretol, Trileptal, Lamictal, all caused dizziness, double vision, and poor coordination.
Topomax caused memory problems and word finding problems.
None helped my moods much, except, MAYBE Lamictal. NOW, I am one of those people that gets the side effects at a low dose and can't tolerate a therapeutic dose. That's me.