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use of depakote  500mg sodium valproate acid valproic buy  valproate uk is used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder.

It’s occasionally used to prevent migraine headaches.

This medicine is only available on prescription. It comes as capsules, tablets and a liquid that you swallow. It also comes as granules that you mix with food or drink.

Sodium valproate can also be given by injection, but this is usually only done in hospital.

If taken during pregnancy, sodium valproate can cause problems for a baby’s development, including birth defects and long term learning difficulties. For this reason, sodium valproate is not recommended if there’s a chance that you could become pregnant.

For women and girls of childbearing age, if you do need to take sodium valproate then your doctor will put you on Prevent, the valproate pregnancy prevention programme.

  • You’ll usually take sodium valproate once or twice a day. You can take it with or without food.
  • You’ll usually start on a low dose. Your dose will gradually increase over a few days or weeks.
  • Valproic acid and semisodium valproate are similar to sodium valproate and work in the same way. However these medicines are used to treat different conditions and doses will vary.
  • There are also brands such as Epilim Chrono, Epilim Chronosphere and Dyzantil which contain mostly sodium valproate, with some valproic acid.
  • If you’re pregnant, or there’s a chance you could become pregnant, sodium valproate is not recommended for treating migraine. For epilepsy and bipolar disorder, your doctor will only prescribe sodium valproate for you if there are no other suitable treatments.

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Sodium valproate can be taken by adults and children to treat epilepsy or bipolar disorder.

It can be taken by adults (aged 18 and above) to help prevent migraine.

Sodium valproate is not suitable for girls or women who could become pregnant. However, in some cases it may be the only treatment option available, for example for epilepsy where other treatments have not worked. Girls and women who need to take sodium valproate must be on Prevent, the valproate pregnancy prevention programme.

To make sure sodium valproate is safe for you, tell your doctor if you:

  • have ever had an allergic reaction to sodium valproate or any other medicine
  • have liver problems
  • have a rare metabolic or genetic illness such as porphyria, urea cycle disorder or mitochondrial disorder

4. How and when to take sodium valproate

Sodium valproate is a prescription medicine. It’s important to take it as your doctor tells you.

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