Valproic Acid

What If I Take an Overdose?

People who take too much valproic acid may have overdose symptoms that could include:
 
  • Drowsiness
  • Heart block (a problem with the electrical system of the heart)
  • Coma
  • Loss of life.
     
If you happen to take too much, seek immediate medical attention.
 
(Click Valproic Acid Overdose for more information.)
 

How Should Valproic Acid Be Stored?

Valproic acid should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Store capsules and syrup in airtight containers.
 
Keep this and all other medications out of the reach of children.
 

What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?

If you do not take your valproic acid as scheduled, take your missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you miss any of your doses, as this information may be helpful in adjusting your dosage.
 

Available Strengths

Valproic acid capsules are available in one strength -- valproic acid 250 mg. The syrup form contains 250 mg of valproic acid per 5 mL (250 mg per teaspoonful).
 

Is There a Generic Version of Valproic Acid?

Currently, both generic and brand-name versions of valproic acid are available (see Generic Depakene).
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