Depakote Medication Information
The prescription medication Depakote® (divalproex sodium) is approved for the treatment of manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder and certain types of epileptic seizures. It can also be used for preventing migraine headaches.
This medicine works by increasing the amount of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA is a natural brain chemical that stops or slows down other brain signals. Increasing GABA helps to prevent the abnormal brain signals that lead to a seizure. It is thought that Depakote may also prevent seizures by affecting sodium channels in the brain.
Depakote comes in the form of delayed-release "sprinkle capsules" and tablets. The tablets and the beads inside the capsules have a special coating that prevents the drug from dissolving too early in the digestive tract (which can be irritating). The medication is often taken several times a day, depending on the specific condition being treated.
(To learn more about this medication, click Depakote. This article covers topics such as dosing guidelines, warnings, and potential side effects.)