Also known as 2-Propylpentanoic Acid, 2-Propylvaleric Acid, Di-N-Propylacetic Acid, Valproate, Depakene, and Stavzor
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
Patients are most commonly prescribed valproic acid to treat epilepsy, seizures, bipolar disorder, and psychotic disorder.
Patients taking valproic acid most commonly experience side effects like nausea, weakness, and indigestion.
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