About the drug:
Divalproex Sodium is sold under several trade names such as Dicorate ER (made by Sun Pharma). It is an anti convulsant medication that affects certain body chemicals that can cause seizures. It is prescribed for the treatment of various types of seizure disorders. Divalproex Sodium is often used in combination with other anti convulsant or anti seizure medications.
Uses of the drug:
Dicorate ER is an effective medication in the treatment and control of seizures in patients with epilepsy. It is also used to treat bipolar disorder and neuropathic pain. Dicorate ER is also effective in epilepsy and generalized-clonic and partial seizures.
Divalproex Sodium may also be used for treatment not mentioned here.
Working of the drug:
The drug contains Divalproex Sodium as an active ingredient which blocks the voltage dependent sodium and calcium channels and increases the concentration of neurotransmitters. It reduces the neurons hyperactivity and restores the normal balance in brain. It decreases the pain induced by neurons. It is a second line treatment for bipolar and manic disorder.
Dicorate ER is manufactured by Sun Pharma. The drugs are available on our website under various pack sizes. To buy Dicorate ER 1000 mg online, visit 24x7pharma.com.
Dosage form and? strengths:
The drug is available in the form of tablet under the following brand name and strength on our website:
Dicorate ER 1000 mg
Dicorate ER 125 mg
Dicorate ER 250 mg
Dicorate ER 500 mg
Dicorate ER 750 mg
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Before you take the drug:
Do not take the drug if you:
Are allergic to this active ingredient Divalproex Sodium or any other ingredient of the drug
Are pregnant or planning to be pregnant
Are breastfeeding as the drug may pass into the breast milk
Tell your doctor if you:
Have high blood pressure
Have past episodes of depression or suicidal thoughts
Have a history of seizures
Have the condition of vertigo or very fast heart beat
Have diabetes history
Have allergy to other anticonvulsant drugs
How much to take the drug?
The ER or Extended release tablets are for once a day oral administration and take Divalproex Sodium strictly according to your doctor’s direction or according to the instructions on the medication label. Do not alter the dosage unless your doctor advises you to do so. Your doctor may occasionally change the dosage over several weeks or months to ensure proper treatment. Follow your doctor’s directions properly. Also, do not take this medication after the prescribed period is over.
How to take the drug?
Take Divalproex Sodium anti convulsant medication strictly according to your doctor’s direction or according to the instructions on the medication label.
Avoid crushing, breaking, or chewing a Divalproex extended release (ER) tablet as doing so may lead to too much of the medicine to be release at once. Instead swallow it whole. You must ensure to drink plenty of fluids while taking this medication. Always store Divalproex Sodium anti convulsant medication in a cool and dry place. Do not alter the dosage unless your doctor advises you to do so. Your doctor may occasionally change the dosage over several weeks or months to ensure proper treatment. Follow your doctor’s directions properly.
Always store Divalproex Sodium medication in a cool and dry place, away from heat and moisture.
For how long to take it?
Avoid stopping Divalproex Sodium medication suddenly without the advice of your doctor, even if you feel alright. Your condition may become worse with increased seizures if you stop this medication suddenly.
If overdose, talk to doctor or Poisons information center for advice. Take medical help as soon as possible. Overdose may lead to blurred vision, co-ordination problems, increased seizures, light headedness, or fainting.
If you miss a dose of Divalproex Sodium, take it as soon as you remember. Do not take the missed dose if the time to take the next dose is almost up. Taking multiple doses near to each other can lead to excess medication in your body which can be dangerous.
Side effects of the drug:
Divalproex Sodium (Depakote ER, Dicorate ER) is known to cause life threatening liver failure in rare cases, especially in children who are younger than 2 years of age. Children of that age may be even at a higher risk for liver problems if they take more than one seizure medication, if they have a metabolic disorder, or if they have a brain disease causing mental impairment (Huntington disease, Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease, multiple sclerosis, or a brain injury or infection). Divalproex Sodium is also reported to have caused life threatening pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) in rare cases. Pancreatitis can occur all of a sudden and you may see symptoms even after you have been raking this medication for several years.
You must get emergency medical attention if you experience nausea, vomiting, upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, low fever, clay colored stools, or jaundice while taking Divalproex sodium. These may be initial symptoms of liver damage or pancreatitis.
Common drug interactions:
Some sleep inducing medications like cold or cough medicines, narcotic pain killers, sleeping pills, anti depressants or muscle relaxers can add to the sleepiness caused due to Divalproex Sodium. Let your doctor know in advance if you use any of these medicines. Also inform your doctor if you use any of these potentially interacting (with Divalproex Sodium) medications: Topiramate, a blood thinner such as warfarin, tolbutamide, aspirin or acetaminophen, clozapine, diazepam, ethosuximide, meropenem, or rifampin.
The list of drugs mentioned here in this guide is not a complete list of interacting medications (with Divalproex Sodium). There may be others as well. Share the list of all present medications which you may be using with your doctor. Never start a new medication on your own.
Things to remember:
Divalproex Sodium usage may lead to suicidal thoughts. You must notify your doctor about any new or deteriorating symptoms like mood or behavior changes, depression, anxiety, suicidal or self hurting thoughts, increased agitation, hostility, restlessness, hyperactivity (mentally or physically).
Also avoid alcohol consumption as alcohol increases the risk of side effects of Divalproex Sodium. Grapefruit and its products are also not recommended
Always store Divalproex Sodium medication in a cool and dry place, away from any kind of heat and moisture. Ensure that children or pets do not have access to this medication