Generally, epilepsy does not worsen over time. Although there is presently no known cure, medication that helps prevent seizures and other treatment options exist, making it possible for patients to lead active lives.
Taken as prescribed, these medications — called "antiepileptic drugs" (AEDs) or "anticonvulsants" — can help manage seizures and also help reduce their frequency.
Depakote comes in different dosage forms. Depakote® (divalproex sodium) tablets, for oral use, and Depakote® ER (divalproex sodium) extended-release tablets, for oral use, are prescription medications used:
Depakote® Sprinkle Capsules (divalproex sodium delayed release capsules), for oral use, is a prescription medicine used alone or with other medicines to treat:
Do not stop taking Depakote without first talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping Depakote suddenly can cause serious problems.
Taking Depakote with certain other medicines, even for a short period of time, can cause side effects or affect how well they work. Do not start or stop other medicines without talking to your healthcare provider.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
If you cannot afford your medication, contact: www.pparx.org for assistance.
References: 1. Depakote [package insert]. North Chicago, IL: AbbVie Inc. 2. Depakote ER [package insert]. North Chicago, IL: AbbVie Inc. 3. Depakote Sprinkle Capsules [package insert]. North Chicago, IL: AbbVie Inc.