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Divalproex is commonly prescribed for migraine prevention and the treatment of epilepsy and manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder. The drug works by affecting sodium channels in the brain and increasing the amount of a certain brain chemical (GABA). Various divalproex products are available, including delayed-release tablets and sprinkle capsules. Possible side effects include headaches, shakiness, and drowsiness.

What Is Divalproex?

Divalproex sodium (Depakote®) is a prescription medication used to treat the following conditions:
 
Several different divalproex products are available. This article refers to regular divalproex delayed-release tablets and sprinkle capsules (Depakote® Sprinkle capsules). For information on the long-acting form, see Divalproex ER.
 
(Click What Is Divalproex Used For? for more information on specific uses, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Who Makes It?

Divalproex is made by Abbott Pharmaceuticals.
 
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