Depakote Sprinkles (Oral)

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Child on Depakote Sprinkles

My son has been dignosed with Epelepsy and has been put on Depakote Sprinkles.  He takes 250MG in morning and 500 at bedtime.  My question is: He is in the 4th grade and is having problems focusing and paying attention in class to the point ...
by Tenison in Florida, 08/27/2007

Depakote Sprinkles (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Depakote Sprinkles (Oral)

Depakote Sprinkles (Oral) Medication Classification


Depakote Sprinkles (Oral) Brandname

Depakote Sprinkles, Depakene

Depakote Sprinkles (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Valproic Acid (val-PRO-ik AS-id) Treats seizures (epilepsy). Also used to treat mood disorders and prevent migraine headaches. Belongs to a class of drugs called anticonvulsants.

When To Not Use Depakote Sprinkles (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to valproic acid or divalproex, if you have severe liver disease, or if you are pregnant.

How Should You Use Depakote Sprinkles (Oral)

Liquid, Liquid Filled Capsule, Delayed Release Capsule

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • May be taken with food to lessen stomach upset.
  • Swallow the capsule whole. Do not crush, break or chew.
  • Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
  • If you miss two or more doses, call your doctor.

Proper Depakote Sprinkles (Oral) Storage

Store Depakote Sprinkles (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Depakote Sprinkles (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Depakote Sprinkles (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking "blood thinners" (medicines such as aspirin or Coumadin®) or if you are taking other medicines that could make you sleepy such as sleeping pills, cold medicine, or sedatives.

Depakote Sprinkles (Oral) Warnings

  • Check with your doctor before taking this medicine if you are breastfeeding, or if you have liver disease, kidney disease, or a blood disorder.
  • Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while being treated with this medicine, tell your doctor right away. This medicine may be harmful to your unborn baby.
  • Because of the risk of increased seizures, do not suddenly stop taking this medicine without first checking with your doctor.
  • This medicine may cause drowsiness. Be careful when driving or using machinery.

Depakote Sprinkles (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Loss of seizure control
  • Severe weakness or dizziness
  • Severe vomiting that doesn't go away
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Rash or hives with itching
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Nausea, vomiting, or stomach cramps
  • Drowsiness or dizziness
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Trembling of hands or arms
  • Hair loss

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