valproate sodium-injection, Depacon (cont.)
USES: Valproate sodium is used to help control seizures and treat seizure disorders (complex partial seizures, absence seizures, other seizures). It is usually used when the patient cannot take the oral form of this drug (e.g., valproic acid)
HOW TO USE: Follow all instructions for proper mixing and dilution with the correct IV fluids. If you have questions regarding the use of this medication, consult your pharmacist. Give this medication by vein (IV), usually over 60 minutes in a dextrose (D5W) or saline (NS) solution, as directed by your doctor. You will be switched to an oral form of this drug when you are able to take medication by mouth. The dosage is based on your weight, medical condition, and response to treatment. Use this medication exactly as prescribed. Do not increase your dose, give it more frequently, or use it for a longer period of time than prescribed. Doing so could increase side effects. Also, if used for an extended period of time, do not suddenly stop using this drug. Doing so could cause an increase in seizures. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, headache, diarrhea, or pain/redness/swelling at the injection site, altered taste, sweating, or nervousness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: vomiting, tingling or numbness of the hands/feet, vision changes, stomach/abdominal pain, flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, unusual tiredness/weakness), tremor, loss of coordination, forgetfulness, rash, unusual hair loss, loss of appetite. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes (e.g., hallucinations, depression), trouble breathing, swelling/weight gain, ringing in the ears. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: severe stomach pain, chest pain, yellowing eyes or skin, dark urine, swelling of the face, unusual bleeding or bruising. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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