Depakote Drug Information
The antipsychotic drug Depakote® (divalproex sodium) is approved for treating manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder and epileptic seizures. It is also licensed for the prevention of migraine headaches.
Depakote 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.
The prescription medication comes in tablet and sprinkle capsule form. Dosing recommendations for Depakote will vary depending on the specific condition being treated, your age, and various other factors. This product is a delayed-release formula; the special coating on the tablets and the beads inside the sprinkle capsules prevent the drug from dissolving too early in the digestive tract.
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