Valproic Acid Oral capsule
What is this medicine?
VALPROIC ACID (val PROE ik AS id) is used to treat certain types of seizures in patients with epilepsy.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the capsules whole with a drink of water. Do not crush or chew. If this medicine upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine unless instructed by your doctor or health care professional. Stopping your medicine suddenly can increase your seizures or their severity. Read More ›
Depakene can be used to treat the following conditions:
- myoclonic seizures
- partial seizures
- singultus (hiccups)
- tonic-clonic seizures
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
blurred or double vision or uncontrollable eye movements
changes in the frequency or severity of seizures
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
stomach pain or cramps
trembling of hands or arms
unusual bleeding or bruising or pinpoint red spots on the skin
unusual swelling of the arms or legs
unusually weak or tired
worsening of mood, thoughts or actions of suicide or dying
yellowing of skin or eyes
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
change in menstrual cycle
diarrhea or constipation
loss of bladder control
loss of hair or unusual growth of hair
loss or increase in appetite
weight gain or loss
What may interact with this medicine?
barbiturates, like phenobarbital
medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
other seizure medicines
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 25 degrees C (59 and 77 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
brain damage or disease
low blood proteins
suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempt; a previous suicide attempt by you or a family member
urea cycle disorder (UCD)
an unusual or allergic reaction to divalproex sodium, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Wear a Medic Alert bracelet or necklace. Carry an identification card with information about your condition, medications, and doctor or health care professional.
You may get drowsy, dizzy, or have blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. To reduce dizzy or fainting spells, do not sit or stand up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. Alcohol can increase drowsiness and dizziness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
This medicine can cause blood problems. This can mean slow healing and a risk of infection. Problems can arise if you need dental work, and in the day to day care of your teeth. Try to avoid damage to your teeth and gums when you brush or floss your teeth.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
The use of this medicine may increase the chance of suicidal thoughts or actions. Pay special attention to how you are responding while on this medicine. Any worsening of mood, or thoughts of suicide or dying should be reported to your health care professional right away.
Women who become pregnant while using this medicine may enroll in the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry by calling 1-888-233-2334. This registry collects information about the safety of antiepileptic drug use during pregnancy.
Who should not take Depakene?
Check with your doctor if you have any of the following:
abrupt discontinuation, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), breast-feeding, children, coagulopathy, depression, driving or operating machinery, encephalopathy, geriatric, hepatic disease, hepatitis, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, hypoalbuminemia, infants, neonates, organic brain syndrome, pancreatitis, pregnancy, renal disease, renal failure, renal impairment, seizure disorder, seizures, suicidal ideation, thrombocytopenia
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