Divalproex: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Composition & More - Zoylo
INFORMATION ABOUT DIVALPROEX
DIVALPROEX is a mood stabiliser used to control mania caused by bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder cause mood swings which include depression (depressed mood) and mania (elevated mood).
• Feeling sick
• Muscle pain
It is not necessary for all people to experience the above side-effects.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR DIVALPROEX
• Take DIVALPROEX with or after meals at same time for best results.
• DIVALPROEX is not recommended to children under 18 years of age.
• Do not take DIVALPROEX if you are pregnant or planning to conceive.
• Your doctor will advise you to get blood and liver function tests before and during the treatment to evaluate your health condition.
• While taking DIVALPROEX, if you have thoughts of harming or killing yourself consult your doctor immediately as it has been reported as a serious side effect.
• Inform your doctor if you have fits, diabetes, carnitine palmitoyltransferase type II deficiency, urea cycle disorder, mitochondrial disorder, kidney problem, pancreatic problems, systemic lupus erythematosus and problems with pancreas.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How does DIVALPROEX work? A. DIVALPROEX is a mood stabiliser. It is used to treat manic episodes of bipolar disorder and seizure disorders. Additionally, it used to prevent migraine headaches. DIVALPROEX works by increasing the levels of nerve calming chemical called GABA and thereby suppresses the abnormal activity of the nerve cells in the brain.
Q. Does DIVALPROEX cause weight gain? A. DIVALPROEX can cause weight gain as it increases the appetite. Exercising regularly and keeping a check on diet would be helpful while you are taking DIVALPROEX. However, it is not necessary for all people to experience the side-effect. Please inform your doctor if you think you've put on weight than normal.
Q. Does DIVALPROEX treat acute migraine headaches? A. No, DIVALPROEX does not treat acute migraine headaches. It prevents migraine headaches but not treat migraine attacks. Your doctor will prescribe other medication for migraine attacks.
Q. Can DIVALPROEX cause birth defects? A. Yes, DIVALPROEX causes birth defects. You are highly recommended not to take DIVALPROEX during pregnancy or if you are trying to conceive as it can be harmful to unborn baby. Birth defects which have been reported are spina bifida, limb defects, malformation of the face, skull, heart, kidney, sexual organs and urinary tract. Men and women are advised to use effective contraception while using DIVALPROEX.
Q. Can I stop taking DIVALPROEX on my own? A. No, please do not stop taking DIVALPROEX on your own. Leaving it in the midway can make your illness come back or get worse. You are suggested to check with your doctor if you can discontinue DIVALPROEX.
Q. Does DIVALPROEX alter liver, blood or urine test results? A. Yes, DIVALPROEX may significantly alter your test results. Inform your doctor if you are taking any of these tests while on DIVALPROEX medication.