What Is Delayed Release Valproic Acid Used For?
Delayed release valproic acid is used for treating epilepsy and bipolar mania. It can also be taken on a daily basis for migraine prevention, to reduce the frequency or severity of migraine headaches. Healthcare providers may occasionally prescribe the medication off-label for other conditions as well. Off-label delayed release valproic acid uses include the treatment of hiccups, agitation, and dementia.
Delayed release valproic acid (Stavzor™) is a prescription medication used to treat bipolar mania and certain types of epilepsy. It is also approved to help prevent migraines.
Migraine headaches are different from other headaches in many important ways. Some common migraine symptoms include:
- Throbbing headache pain
- Headache pain on one side of the head
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Upset stomach (nausea) and vomiting
- Unusual vision changes.
Some people may have an aura before their migraines occur. An aura can be any unusual sign that a migraine is about to happen, including vision changes, numbness, tingling, or speech changes. The most common type of aura is visual (seeing spots, tunnel vision, or other vision changes). Some people have migraine triggers, which are certain foods, drinks, or situations that seem to lead to a migraine (see Migraine Diet for more information).
Due to the way it works, delayed release valproic acid will not help for migraine treatment. Instead, it is taken on a daily basis for migraine prevention, to reduce the frequency or severity of migraine headaches.