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Application of Valproic Acid Injection
Brand Name(s): Depacon, Valproate Sodium
Generic Name Valproic Acid Injection
What is valproate sodium injection?
VALPROATE SODIUM (Depacon®) can help with seizure (convulsion) control in certain types of epilepsy. Valproate sodium helps to control absence seizures, generalized tonic-clonic seizures, and complex partial seizures. Generic valproate sodium injection is available.
What should my health care professional know before I take valproate sodium?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
How should I take this medicine?
Valproate Sodium is slowly infused into a vein. It is given by a health-care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
What drug(s) may interact with valproate sodium?
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking valproate sodium?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What should I watch for while taking valproate sodium?
If you are taking valproate sodium to treat epilepsy (seizures), do not stop taking valproic acid suddenly. This increases the risk of seizures. Wear a Medic Alert bracelet or necklace. Carry an identification card with information about your condition, medications, and prescriber or health care professional.
You may get drowsy, dizzy, or have blurred vision. Do not do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how valproate sodium affects you. To reduce dizzy or fainting spells, do not sit or stand up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. Alcohol can increase drowsiness and dizziness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Valproate sodium can cause blood problems. This can mean slow healing and a risk of infection. Problems can arise if you need dental work, and in the day to day care of your teeth. Try to avoid damage to your teeth and gums when you brush or floss your teeth.
If you are going to have surgery, tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking valproate sodium.
Where can I keep my medicine?
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 °C (59 and 86 °F). Opened vials should be discarded after use. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)