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Divalproex Sodium (Depakote)

Also known as Depakote, Sodium Divalproex, Valproate Semisodium, Sodium Hydrogen Bis(2-Propylpentanoate), Depakote Er, Epival, Valparin, Epilex, and Abbott 50711


Valproic acid (VPA), an acidic chemical compound, has found clinical use as an anticonvulsant and mood-stabilizing drug, primarily in the treatment of epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and, less commonly, major depression. It is also used to treat migraine headaches and schizophrenia. VPA is a liquid at room temperature, but it can be reacted with a base such as sodium hydroxide to form the salt sodium valproate, which is a solid. The acid, salt, or a mixture of the two (valproate semisodium) are marketed under the various brand names Depakote, Depakote ER, Depakene, Depakene Crono (extended release in Spain), Depacon, Depakine, Valparin and Stavzor.

Source: Wikipedia

DEA Class 3 meaning a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence.

What is it prescribed for?

Patients are most commonly prescribed divalproex sodium to treat bipolar disorder, epilepsy, schizophrenia, and seizures.

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