Bipolar Disorder Home > What Is Depakote?

Many people may wonder, "What is Depakote?" Depakote® (divalproex sodium) is an antipsychotic medication often prescribed for the treatment of epileptic seizures. It can also be used to prevent migraine headaches and to treat mania associated with bipolar disorder.
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. 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.
This drug comes in the form of "sprinkle capsules" and tablets. Depakote tablets are "delayed-release," which means they have a special coating that prevents the drug from dissolving too early in the digestive tract (which can be irritating). The beads inside Depakote Sprinkle capsules also have this special coating.
(Click Depakote for more information on what Depakote is used for, to learn about the warnings associated with this medicine, and to find out what side effects may occur with the drug.)
Written by/reviewed by:
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
Last updated/reviewed:
List of references (click here):
Topics & Medications


Related Channels

eMedTV Links
Copyright © 2006-2019 Clinaero, Inc.

eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.

This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.