USES: This medication is used to treat seizure disorders, mental/mood conditions (such as manic phase of bipolar disorder), and to prevent migraine headaches. It works by restoring the balance of certain natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the brain.
HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking divalproex sodium and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor. You may take it with food if stomach upset occurs. This medication may be swallowed whole or the capsule can be opened and the entire contents sprinkled onto a small amount (teaspoonful) of soft food, such as applesauce or pudding. Drinking water right after taking the sprinkle and food mixture will help make sure all sprinkles are swallowed. If you spill any of the contents, discard it and start over with a new capsule and another portion of food. All of the drug/food mixture should be swallowed immediately (do not chew). Do not save for future use.Dosage is based on your age, weight, medical condition, and response to therapy. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day to keep the amount of medication in your blood constant.If this medication is used for seizures, do not stop taking it without consulting your doctor. Your condition may become worse if the drug is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.Divalproex sodium does not relieve acute migraine headaches. Take other medications as directed by your doctor for acute attacks .Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve.
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