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Stavzor is used for treating manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder. It is also used for certain types of epilepsy and is licensed to prevent migraine headaches. Occasionally, healthcare providers may also recommend off-label Stavzor uses, such as for treating dementia, agitation, and hiccups. The medication should be avoided if possible for any use in children younger than two years old, due to the risk of liver damage.

What Is Stavzor Used For?

Stavzor™ (delayed release valproic acid) is a prescription medication used to treat bipolar mania and certain types of epilepsy. It is also approved to help prevent migraines.

Stavzor and Migraines

Migraine headaches are different from other headaches in many important ways. Some common migraine symptoms include:
  • Throbbing headache pain
  • Headache pain on one side of the head
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Upset stomach (nausea) and vomiting
  • Unusual vision changes.
Some people may have an aura before their migraines occur. An aura can be any unusual sign that a migraine is about to happen, including vision changes, numbness, tingling, or speech changes. The most common type of aura is visual (seeing spots, tunnel vision, or other vision changes). Some people have migraine triggers, which are certain foods, drinks, or situations that seem to lead to a migraine (see Migraine Diet for more information).
Due to the way it works, Stavzor will not help for migraine treatment. Instead, it is taken on a daily basis for migraine prevention, to reduce the frequency or severity of migraine headaches.
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