Benefits of Depakote
Depakote® (divalproex sodium) is an antipsychotic medication that is often prescribed for the prevention of migraines and the treatment of epileptic seizures and manic episodes. Several studies have evaluated the benefits of Depakote.
In one study, Depakote was compared to lithium (Lithobid®, Eskalith®) to treat people who were hospitalized with an episode of mania. After three weeks, those taking Depakote had at least as much improvement in bipolar symptoms as those taking lithium.
Another study looked at using the drug for migraine prevention. Those not taking Depakote experienced an average of almost six migraines in four weeks, while people taking it had only three to four migraines, on average.
In another study, Depakote was added on to other seizure medications in people with complex partial seizures that were not adequately controlled. Those who added Depakote to their seizure medications decreased their seizure frequency. Other studies have shown that using it alone is also effective for complex partial seizures.
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