Valproic acid is used alone or along with other medications to treat seizures. It can also be used to treat mania in people with bipolar disorder. Valproic acid can be used to prevent migraine headaches, but will not treat headaches that have already begun. Valproic acid is an anticonvulsant which works by calming hyperactivity in the brain. Prices of valproic acid vary greatly based on the brand and the form of the medication. A bottle of 30 250mg capsules costs about $19. You can save the price of valproic acid by using a Optum Perks discount card. Or use the Optum Perks website to compare prices at local pharmacies. Use a valproic acid coupon to save the next time you refill your prescription.

Valproic acid is an anticonvulsant which work by calming hyperactivity in the brain. Valproic acid can be used to treat seizures, mania in bipolar patients, and to prevent migraines. 

Valproic acid is available in several different forms: capsules, extended-release tablets, delayed-release tablets, a syrup, and as sprinkle beads. The extended release tablets are usually taken once per day, the other forms are taken twice per day. All doses should be taken at the same time each day. Take your prescription exactly as directed, do not take more or less than you are prescribed. Your doctor will most likely start you on a low dose and gradually increase it.

Tell your doctor about all of your allergies, and about all medications, supplements, and vitamins you are taking.

Valproic acid may cause life-threatening damage to the liver. Talk to your doctor about this risk before starting valproic acid. Children under two, people with learning handicaps, and people who are on more than one seizure medication are at greater risk.

Valproic acid may cause life-threatening damage to the pancreas.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had episodes of confusion, been in a coma, had difficulty coordinating your movements if you have HIV or CMV.

Valproic acid may cause drowsiness. You should not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you. Alcohol will increase this side effect.

Valproic acid may cause changes in mood and suicidal thoughts.

Side effects of valproic acid may include: drowsiness, headache,  dizziness, mood swings, diarrhea or constipation,  changes in appetite and weight, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, uncontrollable movements or abnormal thinking.

If you experience the following, call your physician right away: tiny purple or red spots on the skin, symptoms of the liver disease, unusual bleeding or bruising, symptoms of allergic reaction, drop in body temperature, vomiting, weakness in the joints, or extreme tiredness.

This may not be a complete list of warnings and symptoms. Consider all side effects and talk to your doctor before beginning valproic acid.

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