Depakote prescribing information
Depakote, with a brand name Depakine is available in forms- delayed-release tablet and capsule form. It is used in treating seizures and convulsions. Depakote ER, the extended-release form of this drug and or delayed-release tablets are prescribed to treat migraine headaches.
One should be cautious while taking depakote since it can result in serious or even fatal liver damage, especially during the first 6 months of treatment. Children under 2 years of age are the most vulnerable. Depakote has also been known to cause serious damage to the pancreas. It might seriously affect the brain of those suffering from a rare genetic disorder called urea cycle disorder. It is also known to result in birth defects if depakote is taken during pregnancy. Since depakote appears in breast milk it could affect a nursing infant.
The common side effects arising due to the intake of depakote are abdominal pain, abnormal thinking, breathing difficulty, bronchitis, bruising, constipation, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, emotional changeability, fever, flu symptoms, hair loss, headache, insomnia, loss of appetite, memory loss, nasal inflammation, nausea, nervousness, sleepiness, sore throat, tremor, vision problems, vomiting, and weight loss or gain.
The effect of depakote can be altered if it is taken with certain other drugs. It is especially important to check with your doctor before taking Depakote with the following: Amitriptyline, aspirin, barbiturates, blood thinners, cyclosporine, merrem IV and nortriptyline.
Dosage of depakote for epilepsy in adults and children is determined by body weight. The starting dose is 10 to 15 milligrams per 2.2 pounds per day, depending on the type of seizure. Older adults usually start with lower dosages, and the dosage is increased slowly.
For manic episodes the starting dose in adults is 750 milligrams a day, divided into smaller doses. For better results, the dosage may be adjusted by the doctor.
For those aged 16 and over the dosage for migraine is 250 milligrams twice a day if delayed-release tablet is prescribed. If extended-release tablets are administered the starting dosage is 500 milligrams once a day for 1 week which may later be increased to 1,000 milligrams a day.
The medicinal drug by the name of Depakote is used for the prevention of migraine headaches. The delayed release tablets available of this type are used for the same purpose. Depakote is available in the form of delayed release tablets and capsules that are used for the treatment of certain convulsions and seizures. In the treatment, these medicines either are prescribed alone or are advised to be consumed along with some epilepsy medications. The delayed release tablets available are used to treat abnormally high periods and maniac depressions.
Depakote is available in market by the generic name of Valproate semi sodium or Divalproex Sodium and is used for the treatment of problems like complex partial seizures, prophylaxis of multiple seizures, migraine headaches, complex and simple absence seizures, a bipolar disorder.
The tablet can be consumed with water by swallowing, as one does not need to chew the tablet. The medicine can also be consumed with meals or even snacks to avoid stomach upset. It is better not to miss even a single dose to avoid breaking the treatment cycle in between. It is advised to follow the prescription schedule given by the doctor and avoid taking more than one doses at a time.
Depakote can result in severe liver damage during the primary stage of treatment that is in the first six months. These sorts of problems are there in the children below the age of two, when they are given other anticonvulsant along with Depakote. These children are also prone to mental disorders or retardations. As per the studies, there are chances of life threatening damages to body especially the pancreases. The problems mentioned above can occur even after the completion of the treatment cycle. The other warning signs that one should be aware of are:
• Loss of seizure
• Yellowing of eyes or skin
If you feel any of the above-mentioned troubles then contact your doctor immediately for expert advice.
Any possible side effect of the medicine Depakote can never be predicted but if you feel any abnormal changes then inform the doctor about them. This is because Depakote is consumed with other drugs so it is very difficult to make out whether the symptoms are a possible side effect of this medicine. Only after the consultation with doctor, it can be concluded to continue with the medicine or not. The symptoms or possible side effects or Depakote are:
• Pain in abdomen
• Difficulty in breathing
• Change in behaviour
• Abnormal hair loss
• Loss of appetite
• Weak memory
• Nasal inflammation
• Vision related problems
• Ringing in ears
As per the researches and studies, the above-mentioned problems are the possible side effects of Depakote that can even occur after the completion of the treatment cycle. It is better to consult your doctor before the problems get worse.
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