What is Depakote ER 500 mg used for?
This medication is used to treat seizure disorders, mental/mood conditions (such as manic phase of bipolar disorder), and to prevent migraine headaches. It works by restoring the balance of certain natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the brain.
Does Depakote ER make you sleepy?
A: Common side effects experienced with Depakote include drowsiness, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, low platelet count, tremors, tiredness, and hair loss. The side effects may be mild to moderate, but they may also be signs of a more serious condition.
What is the difference between delayed release and extended release Depakote?
The “ER” in Depakote ER stands for Extended Release. Available in two strengths, Depakote ER contains the same active ingredient as Depakote Delayed-Release Tablets but it is designed to slowly deliver the medication over a 24-hour period. This means that Depakote ER only has to be taken once a day.
Is Delayed release same as extended release?
Delayed release: drug is released only at some point after the initial administration. Extended release: prolongs the release to reduce dosing frequency.
How long before Depakote works for mood stabilizer?
Tablets take 4 hours to reach a peak, Depakote sprinkles take just over three. Food can delay the absorption of Depakote (food has a more significant effect on the tablets compared with the sprinkles). It may take several weeks of regular dosing before an effect on mood or seizure frequency is reported.
What are side effects when stop taking Depakote?
Muscle weakness. Some individuals may experience muscle pain or weakness when they quit Depakote which should gradually improve after several weeks. Other withdrawal side effects include concentration problems, dizziness, vision changes, nausea, tremors, insomnia, and irritability.
When should I take Depakote ER?
Depakote ER can be taken with or without food. If stomach irritation occurs, then take it with food. Take Depakote ER at the same time each day, and don’t stop taking Depakote ER without talking to your doctor. If you are told to discontine Depakote ER you should gradually decrease your Depakote ER dose based on your doctor’s instructions.
Does Depakote Make you Sleepy?
Sleepiness and/or unusual drowsiness are common side effects of Depakote. These side effects should resolve within a few days to a couple of weeks. Hope all goes well for you.
What is delayed release Depakote?
Delayed release is a coated pill that all medication is released when the coating dissolves. The coating helps reduce upset stomach that can be experienced with the regular Depakote.