What is Depakote Er?

Depakote Er Tablet is a medicine that is used for the treatment of Epilepsy, Alcohol Withdrawal, Mental Illness and other conditions.

Depakote Er Tablet contains Sodium Valproate as an active ingredient.

Depakote Er Tablet works by increasing the increased gamma-aminobutyric acid levels in brain.

Detailed information related to Depakote Er Tablet’s uses, composition, dosage, side effects and reviews is listed below.

Depakote Er Tablet Uses

Depakote Er Tablet is used for the treatment, control, prevention, & improvement of the following diseases, conditions and symptoms:

  • Epilepsy
  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Mental Illness

Depakote Er Tablet – Composition and Active Ingredients

Depakote Er Tablet is composed of the following active ingredients (salts)

  • Sodium Valproate

Depakote Er Tablet – Side-effects

The following is a list of possible side-effects that may occur from all constituting ingredients of Depakote Er Tablet. This is not a comprehensive list. These side-effects are possible, but do not always occur. Some of the side-effects may be rare but serious. Consult your doctor if you observe any of the following side-effects, especially if they do not go away.

  • Nighttime Urinary Incontinence
  • Decrease In Number Of White Blood Cells
  • Disorder Which Affects Blood
  • Inflammation Of The Pancreas
  • Tremor
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders

Depakote Er Tablet – Precautions & How to Use

Before using this drug, inform your doctor about your current list of medications, over the counter products (e.g. vitamins, herbal supplements, etc.), allergies, pre-existing diseases, and current health conditions (e.g. pregnancy, upcoming surgery, etc.). Some health conditions may make you more susceptible to the side-effects of the drug. Take as directed by your doctor or follow the direction printed on the product insert. Dosage is based on your condition. Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens. Important counseling points are listed below.

  • Be careful in patients with liver disease or urea cycle disorder or porphyria

Take your doctor’s consultation if you have organic brain disease or severe seizure disorders, HIV or cytomegalovirus infection, renal impairment or systemic lupus erythematosus

Depakote Er Tablet – Drug Interactions

If you take other drugs or over the counter products at the same time, the effects of Depakote Er Tablet may change. This may increase your risk for side-effects or cause your drug not to work properly. Tell your doctor about all the drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are using, so that you doctor can help you prevent or manage drug interactions. Depakote Er Tablet may interact with the following drugs and products:

  • Aspirin
  • Carbamazepine
  • Erythromycin
  • Ethosuximide
  • Fosphenytoin
  • Lamotrigine

Depakote Er Tablet – Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to Depakote Er Tablet is a contraindication. In addition, Depakote Er Tablet should not be taken if you have the following conditions:

  • Hypersensitivity
  • Lactation
  • Liver impairment
  • Pregnancy

Depakote Er Tablet – Frequently asked Questions

Is Depakote Er Tablet safe to consume or apply when pregnant?

Please consult with your doctor for case-specific recommendations.

Is Depakote Er Tablet safe while breastfeeding?

Please discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

Can Depakote Er Tablet be used for epilepsy and alcohol withdrawal?

Yes, epilepsy and alcohol withdrawal are among the most common reported uses for Depakote Er Tablet. Please do not use Depakote Er Tablet for epilepsy and alcohol withdrawal without consulting first with your doctor. Click here to find out what other patients report as common uses for Depakote Er Tablet.

Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?

If you experience drowsiness, dizziness, hypotension or a headache as side-effects when eating Depakote Er Tablet medicine then it may not be safe to drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery. One should not drive a vehicle if eating the medicine makes you drowsy, dizzy or lowers your blood-pressure extensively. Pharmacists also advise patients not to drink alcohol with medicines as alcohol intensifies drowsiness side-effects. Please check for these effects on your body when using Depakote Er Tablet. Always consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body and health conditions.

Is this medicine or product addictive or habit forming?

Most medicines don’t come with a potential for addiction or abuse. Usually, government’s categorizes medicines that can be addictive as controlled substances. Examples include schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US. Please consult the product package to make sure that the medicine does not belong to such special categorizations of medicines. Lastly, do not self-medicate and increase your body’s dependence to medicines without the advice of a doctor.

Can it be stopped immediately or do I have to slowly ween off consumption?

Some medicines need to be tapered or cannot be stopped immediately because of rebound effects. Please consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body, health and other medications that you may be using.

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