Divalproex sodium is an anticonvulsant drug used to treat various types of convulsions and seizures.
Erratic impulses produced in the brain cause overstimulation, which leads to seizures. Divalproex acts by increasing the amount of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GAMA), a neurotransmitter. GABA acts on the brain and central nervous system and calms and the over-stimulated nerves. By increasing the availability of GABA in the brain, Divalproex prevents abnormal brain signals. This helps to prevent seizures.
Divalproex mainly treats convulsions and seizures. Common problems where Divalproex use has proven to be effective are:
Some milder side effects of Divalproex where hospitalization is not indicated may be:
However, some people may experience more intense side effects of Divalproex, like:
If you witness any of the above side effects, consult your physician immediately.
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1. Does Divalproex help in anxiety?
Because of its ability to boost GABA production, Divalproex calms overstimulated nerves and soothes and calms the brain. Thus, it has been successful in treating patients suffering from panic or anxiety disorders. It is also helpful in stabilizing mood in people with behavioral issues resulting from anxiety.
2. How much Divalproex can cause an overdose?
The correct Divalproex dosage depends on various factors like your age, weight, and severity of your condition. Therefore, take precautions to consume only the recommended dosage. Consuming more can put you at risk of overdosing. If you notice any symptoms of an overdose like drowsiness or slow heartbeat, seek medical help immediately as they may worsen and induce a coma.
3. Can Divalproex cause high uric acid?
No evidence has suggested uric acid levels in the body rise on taking Divalproex. In some severe allergic reactions, multi-organ damage is possible, affecting vital organs like the kidneys and liver. In these circumstances, the concentration of all liver and kidney-related enzymes and uric acid is affected. Such incidents are rare.
4. Can Divalproex kill you?
Divalproex is a safe drug to take. However, follow precautions before and during consumption to avoid any mishaps. Few precautions outlined below to avoid Divalproex if any of the following conditions apply to you:
5. How long does Divalproex stay in your system?
Divalproex is metabolized or digested mainly in the liver. In healthy adults, it stays in the body for about 3–4 days. In people suffering from liver disease or any metabolic disorder, this duration is extended, as the liver is unable to digest Divalproex. The breakdown of the medicine also depends on age, weight, and general health.
6. Is Divalproex a narcotic?
Divalproex is not a narcotic. It is an anticonvulsant drug that is used to treat various seizures and epilepsies. It is helpful in the prevention and treatment of migraine and psychotic disorders. It has the potential side effect of making you feel sleepy or drowsy, which is also a common occurrence experienced when taking narcotics.
7. Is Divalproex an antipsychotic?
Yes, Divalproex does show antipsychotic properties. While it is categorized under anticonvulsants, Divalproex has been used successfully in treating various psychotic disorders, including manic bipolar and schizophrenia. People with manic disorders show rapid changes in their moods. Divalproex works by soothing the hyperactivity of the brain witnessed during mania and stabilizes mood patterns.
8. Is Divalproex an antidepressant?
Divalproex does show antidepressant effects. Antidepressants act by increasing the number of neurotransmitters in the brain. Divalproex also functions similarly by increasing the amount of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain. It has been used successfully in the treatment of depression induced due to mania or bipolar disorder.
9. Does Divalproex make you feel weird?
Divalproex may cause side effects like extreme drowsiness, lethargy, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, etc. Some people also report a sensation of ‘brain fog’. You may witness a worsening of your depression or have suicidal thoughts, or have sudden changes in mood or feelings. These side effects are rare, but they may make you feel different or ‘weird’.
10. What happens if you stop taking Divalproex?
Do not stop taking Divalproex without consulting your physician. Stopping the dosage suddenly can have significant detrimental effects on your health. It may cause sudden seizures or epileptic episodes called static epilepsy, which can result in non-stop seizures. Your doctor will taper your dose gradually over a period to avoid any side effects.
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