Depakote (Divalproex Sodium Delayed Release Tablets) use
Depakote (Divalproex Sodium Delayed Release Tablets) contains Divalproex sodium, the substance which interacts with certain substances in the brain and increases the concentration of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is a neurtransmitter. The drug is used to treat seizure disorders, the manic phase of bipolar disorders, to prevent migraine headaches.
The recommended initial dose for treatment of acute mania due to bipolar disorder is 750 mg daily taken in divided doses. For prevention of migraines take 250 mg twice daily. To treat seizures take initial dose calculated as 10-15 mg/kg/day, the dose should be increased gradually by 5-10 mg/kg/day every week to achieve the desired effect. Do not exceed the recommended dose and follow all recommendations of your health care advisor. Drink plenty of water during treatment. Liver function should be controlled on a regular basis to avoid harmful effects. Swallow the pill whole, do not crush or chew it. Inform your doctor immediately if you suppose that the medication does not work properly to prevent seizures. Do not stop taking the medicine without your doctor's permission even if you feel better.
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