Depakote (valproic acid) is prescribed alone or in combination with other drugs to cure specific seizures’ types. Depakote is also prescribed to treat mania disorders (abnormal excited mood and frenzied episodes in patients, who have bipolar disease mania episodes, manic depressive disorders, illness that resulting in depression, and other mood changes). It’s also taken for migraine headache prevention, but Depakote (Valproic Acid) does not subside headache that has already started. Depakote (valproic acid) belongs to Anticonvulsant drugs group. It works by increasing the brain’s specific amount of natural substance.

Depakote comes as the long-lasting extended-release tablet; capsules; syrup; sprinkle capsules (the capsules consisting of tiny medication beads that may be sprinkled on meal); and slow working (delayed-release) tablet- all types are used by mouth. The sprinkle capsule, syrup, delayed-release tablet, and capsules, are commonly prescribed for use 2 or more times a day. Depakote should be taken with a meal to prevent upset to your stomach from this medication. People must follow instructions carefully on their prescription label. If you don’t understand any part written on bottle label, ask your physician or pharmacist to explain. Use Depakote exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Don’t take less or more of prescribed dose.

Swallow an extended-release tablet and capsules whole – never crush, chew, or split. You may open the sprinkle capsule and sprinkle its beads on the teaspoonful soft meal, for example, pudding or applesauce. Swallow the mix of this medication’s beads and food promptly after preparing. Do not chew the beads. Do not keep unused mixture of medication and food. Do not mix Depakote syrup with carbonated drinks.    Your physician or psychiatrist can start you on small depakote dose and slowly increase the dose, not more frequently than 1 time per week.

Depakote can help you keep your condition under control, but it does not offer a cure. Continue to use Depakote even if you feel good. Never stop using Depakote without your doctor’s permission to do that. If you abruptly discontinue to use this drug, you can experience a long lasting, severe and possibly, fatal seizures. Your psychiatrist will reduce dose slowly.

Depakote (valproic acid), in some cases,  is used to treat children’ aggression outbursts with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder); Chorea (the condition affecting to control movement abilities); and specific disorder, affecting understanding, learning and thinking. Discuss with your physician about some side effects by taking Valproic Acid for your condition.

Before starting the use of Depakote:

1.Tell your physician, if you have any allergies to this drug as well as to other medicines; 2 What over-the-counter or prescription drugs, herbal products, nutritional supplements, minerals and vitamines you use or intending to use. Mention any of the following medications: Zovirax (acyclovir); antidepressants such as Pamelor (Nortriptyline) and Elavil (Amitriptyline); Aspirin; blood thinners Anticoagulants including Coumadin (Warfarin); Valium (Diazepam); Klonopin (Clonazepam); drugs for mental disorder or anxiety; other drugs for seizures, such as Tegretol (Carbamazepine), Mysoline (Primidone), Dilantin (Phenytoin), Topamax (Topiramate), Zarontin (Ethosuximide), Mebaral (Lamotrigine), and Felfatol (Felbamate); Rifadin (Rifampin); Merrem 4 (Meropenem); sleeping pills; sedatives; Retrovir (Zidovudine); Tranquilizers; and Tolbutamide. Your physician might need to change the dosage of your drugs or carefully monitor you for adverse reactions. 3. Tell your physician if you ever had or have urea disorder. Such condition may affect abilities to change protein from meal into the energy. Your physician, probably, will ask you to not use Depakote. 4. Inform your physician if you are breast-feeding. 5. Tell your physician, if members of your family have ever had the Urea Cycle Disorder or died from unknown causes in the 1st months of their lives. Also, let your doctor know, if you had or have irritability, extreme tiredness, vomiting, confusion episodes, coma, difficulty of thinking or understanding, mental retardation, confusion, HIV, CMV (Cytomegalovirus); kidney disorder, or hyperlipidemia high amount of fat in blood. 6. Keep in mind that alcohol may worsen drowsiness resulted from this medicine.   7. If you have surgeries, including dental ones, let know your physician or dentist that you use Depakote. 8. You have to know that Depakote can result in drowsiness. Don’t operate machinery or drive car unless you learn, how this drug affects you.

Continue your usual diet unless your physician tells you otherwise. Drink plenty of water or other fluids while you use Depakote.

Side effects of using Dekapote may include: dizziness, drowsiness, diarrhea, headache, heart burn, constipation, changes in weight and in appetite, mood changes, agitation, backache, coordination loss, hair loss, sore throat, ears ringing, double or blurred vision, coordination loss, abnormal thinking, runny or stuff nose.

More serious side effects include: depression, unusual bleeding or bruising, joints weakness, purple skin spots, swallen glands, fever, itching, rash or blisters, confusion, swallowing or breathing difficulties, thoughts about killing yourself, or try or plan to do that.  In overdose cases, call your local poison control center. Overdose symptoms can include: irregular heartbeat, sleepiness or coma consciousness loss for some period of time.

Store Dekapote in the existing container, out of reach of children. Keep this medication at room temperature away from moisture for example, bathroom and heat. Brand name of Dekapote includes Stavzor, Epilim, Depakene. Other names include Valproate Sodium and Divalproex Sodium. If you or your family members got Spina Bifida or have Birth Defects, caused by Depakote – you are qualified for a cash settlement. Search for a lawyer/attorney with medical practice in your area.

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