1. The neurotransmitter, GABA, is thought to be increased by divalproex in order to decrease seizures. *
2. Divalproex sodium will decrease a patient’s suicidal thoughts. *
3. Divalproex tablets are used to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorder and migraine headaches. *
4. Hyperammonemia is a severe side effect of taking divalproex sodium. *
5. A patient who has hepatic disease or mitochondrial disorders should be able to take divalproex sodium tablets. *
6. Smoking cigarettes interacts with the use of divalproex sodium. *
7. If a pregnant woman is exposed to divalproex sodium medication, it can result in decreased IQ scores following utero exposure in children. *
8. The dosage of divalproex sodium can be adjusted based on response and blood level. *
9. It is recommended that while taking the medication, you should frequently get blood tests done. *
10. People with diabetes who take valproate semisodium should be aware that the medication can cause false positive results in urine tests. *
11. Missing doses of valproate will not have any effect on the risk of possible relapses. *
12. Missed doses of valproate may increase the risk of relapse in mood symptoms. *
13. There are no risks present when a patient taking divalproex sodium is exposed to the sunlight. *
14. The dosage of divalproex sodium is susceptible to change if the individual does not get enough fluids each day. *
15. Taking valproic acid with food will minimize the symptoms of stomach cramping, nausea and vomiting. *