Depakote, Depakote ER, and Depakote Sprinkle Capsules are used:
Alone or with other medicines to treat:
- — Complex partial seizures in adults and children 10 years of age and older
- — Simple and complex absence seizures, with or without other seizure types
- Depakote and Depakote ER are used to treat manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder.
- Depakote and Depakote ER are also used to prevent migraine headaches in adults.
- DO NOT TAKE Depakote and Depakote ER for the prevention of migraine headache if you are pregnant.
Talk with your doctor or other healthcare professional about how you should take Depakote, Depakote ER, or Depakote Sprinkle Capsules (for epilepsy)—and what to expect from your treatment.
Important Safety Information
Serious side effects including:
- Serious liver damage that can cause death, especially in children younger than 2 years old. The risk of getting this serious liver damage is more likely to happen within the first 6 months of treatment.
- Taking Depakote during pregnancy for any medical condition puts your baby at risk for serious birth defects that affect the brain and spinal cord and are called spina bifida or neural tube defects. Other birth defects that affect the structures of the heart, head, arms, legs, and penis and can lower IQ. All women of childbearing age should talk to their healthcare provider about using other possible treatments instead of Depakote. If the decision is made to use Depakote, you should use effective birth control (contraception).
- Inflammation of your pancreas that can cause death.
- Increased risk of suicidal thoughts or actions. Pay attention to any changes, especially sudden, in mood, behaviors, thoughts or feelings.
DO NOT TAKE Depakote:
- If you have liver problems, including genetic liver problems (e.g., Alpers Huttenlocher Syndrome); are allergic any of the ingredients or have a genetic disorder called urea cycle disorder (UCD)
- for the prevention of migraine headaches if you are pregnant
Common Side Effects Include:
- double vision
- weight gain
- problems with
- stomach pain
- hair loss
- blurry vision
- increased appetite
- loss of appetite
Depakote, Depakote ER, and Depakote Sprinkle Capsules can also lower your blood platelet count. If you experience bruising while taking Depakote, please contact your doctor. If you experience red or purple spots on your skin; bruising; pain and swelling in your joints due to bleeding or bleeding from your mouth or nose while taking Depakote, please contact your doctor.
This is not a complete description of all of the risks and possible effects of Depakote. Please see the Medication Guide and Full Prescribing Information for additional information.
Depakote Dosing Considerations
Depakote and Depakote ER tablets should be swallowed whole and should not be crushed or chewed. Depakote and Depakote ER can be taken with or without food and are available in tablet form in different dosage strengths so that your doctor can choose the strength that is right for you.
The Depakote brand tablets look like this:
Tablets shown are not actual size.
The Depakote Sprinkle Capsules look like this:
Capsule shown is not actual size.