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Depakote Sprinkle Capsules are a form of medication that contains divalproex sodium and are used to treat seizure disorders, bipolar disorder, and migraine headaches. These capsules come in a sprinkle form that can be opened and mixed with soft food to make them easier to take. The dosage instructions for Depakote Sprinkle Capsules depend on the patient's age, weight, and medical condition, and should always be followed as directed by a healthcare provider.
Uses and Dosage
Depakote Sprinkle Capsules are an oral medication that come in capsule form and can be taken with food to avoid stomach upset. The capsule may be swallowed whole, or the contents can be sprinkled onto soft food, such as applesauce or pudding, and swallowed immediately without chewing. If any of the contents spill, the capsule should be discarded, and a new capsule should be used with another portion of food.
The Dosage of Depakote Sprinkles is individualized, based on factors such as age, weight, medical condition, response to treatment, and other medications the patient may be taking. Patients should inform their healthcare provider of all the products they are using, including any prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products.
To get the maximum benefit from the medication, patients should use it regularly and at the same time each day to keep the amount of medication in the bloodstream constant. Patients should not stop taking the medication without consulting their doctor, as stopping the medication suddenly may worsen the condition.
The recommended dosage for Depakote Sprinkles varies depending on the patient's age, weight, and medical condition. According to the search results from various sources, the starting dose for Depakote Sprinkle Capsules is 10 to 15 mg/kg/day, and the maximum recommended dose is 60 mg/kg/day. If the total daily dose exceeds 250 mg, it should be given in divided doses.
Common Side Effects of Depakote Sprinkles (Divalproex):
- Blurred vision
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Hair loss
- Mood changes or depression
- Sleep problems
- Stomach pain
- Tremors, shaking
Serious Side Effects of Depakote Sprinkles (Divalproex):
- Back pain
- Blurred vision
- Bruising or bleeding
- Changes in weight or appetite
- Change in your mental state
- Cold feeling
- Memory problems
- Mood changes
- Easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, or gums)
- Fever, swollen glands, mouth sores
- Purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin
- Severe drowsiness
Form and Strength
Depakote Sprinkles (Divalproex) is available in the following forms and strength:
Depakote Sprinkles: Delayed Release Capsule
- 125 mg
- Depakote Sprinkle Capsules are classified as a Pregnancy Category D drug, which means that it may harm an unborn baby when used during pregnancy. Patients should consult with their doctor about the risks and benefits of using Depakote Sprinkle Capsules during pregnancy.
- Depakote Sprinkle Capsules may cause liver damage, especially in patients who take high doses or have pre-existing liver problems. Patients should have liver function tests done periodically while taking Depakote Sprinkle Capsules.
- Depakote Sprinkle Capsules may increase the risk of pancreatitis in some patients, especially children and young adults. Patients should report any signs of pancreatitis, such as severe stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting, to their healthcare provider immediately.
- Depakote Sprinkle Capsules may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior in some patients. Patients and caregivers should be alert for any signs of suicidal behavior and report them to the healthcare provider immediately.
- Depakote Sprinkle Capsules may interact with other medications, including other seizure medications, antidepressants, and blood thinners. Patients should inform their healthcare provider of any other medications they are taking.
- Depakote Sprinkle Capsules may increase the risk of bleeding disorders, especially in patients who are taking blood thinners. Patients should notify their healthcare provider if they experience any unusual bleeding or bruising.
- Depakote Sprinkle Capsules may cause an increase in ammonia levels in the blood, which can lead to encephalopathy (brain dysfunction). Patients should report any signs of hyperammonemia, such as weakness, vomiting, or changes in mental status, to their healthcare provider immediately
- Depakote Sprinkle Capsules can cause severe allergic reactions in some patients, including hives, trouble breathing, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. Patients should seek emergency medical attention if they experience any of these symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Depakote Sprinkle Capsules be used during pregnancy?
Depakote Sprinkle Capsules are classified as a Pregnancy Category D drug, which means that it may harm an unborn baby when used during pregnancy. Patients should consult with their doctor about the risks and benefits of using Depakote Sprinkle Capsules during pregnancy.
How long does it take for Depakote Sprinkle Capsules to start working?
The onset of action for Depakote Sprinkle Capsules can vary depending on the condition being treated and the patient's individual response to the medication.
Can Depakote Sprinkle Capsules be given to children?
Depakote Sprinkle Capsules can be given to children for the treatment of certain seizure disorders, but dosage should be individualized based on the child's age, weight, and medical condition.
It's important to purchase Depakote Sprinkles from verified Canadian pharmacy.