Prescription Drug Depakote
Available as a prescription drug, Depakote® (divalproex sodium) is used for treating mania associated with bipolar disorder, as well as seizures in people with epilepsy. It is also approved for the prevention of migraines.
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 certain brain signals. It is also thought that this medicine may prevent seizures by affecting sodium channels in the brain.
Depakote comes in the form of delayed-release "sprinkle capsules" and tablets. It is taken several times a day, depending on the specific condition being treated. As with other antipsychotic drugs, you should never suddenly stop taking Depakote. The prescription drug can cause severe seizures if you stop taking it too abruptly. Talk to your healthcare provider before stopping treatment.
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