Depakene, an epilepsy medicine, is used to treat certain types of seizures and convulsions. It may be prescribed alone or with other anticonvulsant medications.
It works by increasing the amount of gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA is a natural brain chemical that stops or slows down other brain signals. Increasing GABA helps prevent the abnormal brain signals that lead to a seizure and also prevent seizures by affecting sodium channels in the brain.
Important Information about Depakene
- Remember that liver failure is possible when taking also keep in mind the threat of damage to the pancreas.
- It may affect the brain In people with a rare set of genetic abnormalities called urea cycle disorders,. Signs of a developing problem include lack of energy, repeated attacks of vomiting, and mental changes.
- Use Caution while driving or operating any kind of machinery as it may cause drowsiness in older adults.
- This drug can also increase the effect of painkillers and anesthetics. Before any surgery or dental procedure, make sure the doctor knows you are taking Depakene.
Before using Depakene inform your doctor:
- If you are allergic to any ingredient in Depakene.
- If you have liver problems, ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency, or urea cycle disorder or unexplained coma.
- If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
- If you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement.
- If you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances.
- If you have a history of metabolic disease, blood disease, HIV, high blood levels of ammonia or glutamine, low levels of albumin, brain problems (eg, organic brain disease), mental retardation, inflammation of the pancreas, kidney problems, or low levels of white blood cells, or if you are scheduled for surgery.
- If you have a family history of urea cycle disorders or unexplained infant deaths.
Depakene Side Effects
Abdominal cramps, amnesia, breathing difficulty, depression, diarrhea, dimmed or blurred vision, drowsiness, hair loss, indigestion, infection, involuntary eye movements, loss or increase in appetite, nausea, nervousness, ringing in the ears, sleeplessness, swelling of the arms and legs due to fluid retention, throat inflammation, tremors, vomiting.
This information is advisory only. It does not contain all information about this medication. If you have any questions about Depakene, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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