Valparin (Sodium Valproate)
What is Valparin (Sodium Valproate) used for?
Valparin (Sodium Valproate) is an oral medication used to prevent seizures in patients suffering from epilepsy. It operates by preventing repeated electrical impulses in the brain associated with symptoms. This action may also make it useful for treating acute manic episodes caused by bipolar disorder or to prevent the occurrence of migraines. Your doctor may prescribe this medication for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Valparin (Sodium Valproate)?
Valparin (Sodium Valproate) should always be used according to your doctor`s instructions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. One tablet is normally taken once each day, but your individual directions will depend on your age, weight, health condition, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a full cup of water and may be taken on an empty stomach. A snack or meal may be recommended prior to use if you experience nausea. Do not crush, split, or chew, the tablets before using them as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your doctor any questions you have regarding the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Valparin (Sodium Valproate)?
Valparin (Sodium Valproate) may lead to side effects in some patients including:
Stop using the medicine and contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any serious side effects such as tremors, low platelet counts, pancreatitis, vasculitis, disturbed menstrual problems, painful menstruation, polycystic ovaries, urinary retention, or unusual changes in behaviour. These conditions may require lower doses or reduced frequency of administration to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Valparin (Sodium Valproate) should not be used by patients who have porphyrias, active liver disease, or a history of severely reduced liver function. You are also recommended to inform your doctor if you have diabetes, urea cycle disorders, systemic lupus, a brain disease, decreased kidney function, or a history of liver disease as these conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring adjustments to your treatment.
Strictly use Valparin (Sodium Valproate) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Valparin (Sodium Valproate) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.