Depakote for Seizures
Healthcare providers often prescribe Depakote® (divalproex sodium) for seizures in people with epilepsy.
Epilepsy is a brain condition that occurs when there are sudden, brief changes in how the brain's electrical system works. These changes in brain activity can lead to a seizure (see Epilepsy Symptoms). There are two primary types of seizures: partial and absence seizures.
Depakote is approved to control complex partial seizures (a type of seizure in which a person has a change in consciousness or loss of consciousness). It may be used either alone or along with other seizure medications.
Complex absence seizures involve muscle movement (often eye blinking), while simple absence seizures do not involve muscle movements. Depakote is approved to treat both complex and simple absence seizures. It may be used either alone or with other seizure medications. Depakote is also approved for use with other seizure medications to treat people with absence seizures along with other types of seizures.
(Click Depakote Uses for more information on treating seizures with Depakote, to find out what else this medication is used for, and to learn about the use of this drug in children.)