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Depakote Side Effects and Depakote (Divalproex) Medication Monograph





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Depakote
Generic Name: Divalproex
Pronounced: dye-VAL-pro-ex
Drug Class: Anticonvulsant

IMPORTANT NOTE: THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS ONLY INTENDED TO SUPPLEMENT, NOT SUBSTITUTE FOR, THE EXPERTISE AND JUDGMENT OF YOUR PHYSICIAN, PHARMACIST OR OTHER HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL FAMILIAR WITH YOUR CONDITION. THIS INFORMATION SHOULD NOT BE CONStrUED TO STATE OR IMPLY THAT USE OF THE DRUG IS SAFE, APPROPRIATE, OR EFFECTIVE FOR YOUR CONDITION. ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL BEFORE USING THIS OR ANY OTHER DRUG.

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Depakote (Divalproex) Uses

This medication's primary use is to prevent seizures (anticonvulsant). It is also approved to treat bipolar disorder and for prevention of migraine headaches.

How Depakote (Divalproex) Works

The exact mechanism of action this medication exerts is not proven, however it is believed that this drug's effects are related to increasing levels of a chemical normally found in the brain called GABA.

How To Take Depakote (Divalproex)

Usual dosing is once a day. This medication should be swallowed whole. Do not crush or chew.

Depakote (Divalproex) Possible Side Effects

Dizziness, drowsiness, nervousness, hair loss, and other less common side effects may occur with this medication. Consult your health professional.

Depakote (Divalproex) Warnings and Precautions

This medication should be used cautiously by patients with liver disease and by the elderly.

Also, do NOT be abruptly discontinue this medication, due to the possibility of life-threatening seizure activity.

Depakote (Divalproex) Drug Interactions

This medication's effects may be increased by erythromycin, cimetidine, salicylates, and decreased by carbamazepine. This medication may increase the effects of diazepam, phenytoin, and warfarin. Other drug interactions may occur. Consult your health professional.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take double doses.

Storage

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Keep out of reach of children. Store at room temperature, away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw out medication that is outdated or no longer needed.

Depakote (Divalproex) Pregnancy/Nursing Precautions

This medication can cause fetal damage during the first trimester and should not be used during pregnancy if other options are available. This medication has been shown to be excreted in breast milk, so use with caution while breast-feeding.


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