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Divalproex ER
(Generic alternative to Depakote ER)

Formulation : Extended Release Tablet

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Depakote ER
(Divalproex ER)

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What is Depakote ER /Divalproex ER used for?

Depakote ER (Divalproex) ER (extended release) is a medication that treats different types of seizure disorder by affecting certain body chemicals that cause seizures. Depakote ER (Divalproex) ER can also treat other illnesses such as the manic phase of bipolar disorder (Manic depressive illness). Migraine headaches can also be prevented by using Depakote ER (Divalproex) ER.

How should Depakote ER /Divalproex ER be stored?

Depakote ER (Divalproex) ER should be stored away from light, heat, and moisture; and at room temperature.

General information

This medication should only be used by prescribed patient, do not give it to other people. The information provided is advisory only and does not contain all information pertaining to this medication. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider for question about this medication.

How should I take Depakote ER/Divalproex ER ?

Follow your doctor's instructions and the prescription closely. Avoid taking larger doses than recommended. While taking Depakote ER (Divalproex) ER, be sure to drink lots of water to keep your fluids up. Have your liver tested regularly and schedule regular visits with your doctor. Do not chew or crush the capsules; swallow them whole.

When should Depakote ER /Divalproex ER not be taken?

Avoid taking Depakote ER (Divalproex) ER if you have liver disease or a urea cycle disorder. Also, do not take Depakote ER (Divalproex) ER if you are breast feeding, pregnant, or planning to become pregnant.

What precautions should I follow when taking Depakote ER /Divalproex ER ?

Even if you start to feel better, do not stop taking Depakote ER (Divalproex) ER as it can have negative consequences. Ensure that your prescription is refilled before your current one runs out. If you think that the medication is not working, contact your doctor. Also, be sure to carry an ID card or medical bracelets that indicate that you are on Depakote ER (Divalproex) ER so that medical professionals can assess your situation in an emergency.

What special warning(s) should I be aware of when taking Depakote ER /Divalproex ER ?

Do not drink alcohol while taking Depakote ER (Divalproex) ER. Also, Depakote ER (Divalproex) ER may reduce your reaction speed and impair your thinking. While taking Depakote ER (Divalproex) ER, avoid exposure to artificial UV rays or sunlight as Depakote ER (Divalproex) ER makes your skin more sensitive; use sun screen.

When should Depakote ER /Divalproex ER not be taken?

Serious Depakote ER (Divalproex) ER side effects include (Seek medical attention): unexplained weakness with vomiting and confusion or fainting; easy bruising or bleeding, blood in your urine; fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash; ever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms; urinating less than usual; hallucinations (seeing things that aren't there); extreme drowsiness, lack of coordination; or double vision or back-and-forth movements of the eyes.

Less serious Depakote ER (Divalproex) ER side effects include: mild drowsiness or weakness; diarrhea, constipation, upset stomach; depression, anxiety, or other emotional changes; changes in your menstrual periods; enlarged breasts; tremor (shaking); hair loss; weight changes; vision changes; or unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth.

If you experience, nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, loss of appetite, low fever, dark urine, clay colored stool, yellow skin, yellow eyes then you may have liver damage; seek medical attention immediately. Also call your doctor immediately if you have mood changes, behavior changes, anxiety, depression, hostile, restless, hyperactive, or suicidal.

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