Valproic Acid

Is Valproic Acid the right treatment for your condition?

Learn about VPA and how it can help you. What does VPA treat? What are the side effects?

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Valproic Acid as an Anti-Convulsant

Valproic acid is used as an anti-convulsant for focal seizures as well as generalized seizures. Seizures controlled with this medication include absence seizures, myoclonic seizures, and mixed-type seizures. Side effects can include abdominal pain, weight gain due to increased appetite, loss of hair, and in some rare cases may cause abnormal liver and blood counts.

Valproic Acid for Mood/Mental Disorders

Valproic Acid, also known as divalproex or valproate has been used as a highly effective mood stabilizer. It is often the go-to drug for mixed mania which is rapid-cycling, hallucinations or delusions. It is also used for bipolar disorders, particularly if a patient has unwanted side effects to lithium.

Valproic Acid for Migraine Headaches

Sodium Valproic is used to help prevent migraine headaches from occurring. About 50 percent of patients treated with sodium Valproic reported experiencing fewer migraines, although the adverse side effects were not inconsiderable. Patients reported side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, and nausea while using the drug. It is also worth noting that women of childbearing age should avoid the drug as there is the possibility of birth defects.

Vitro Development

If you are a Surrogate mother, or woman that bears a child on the behalf of another woman, you may have heard about future treatments using Valproic Acid and Vitro Development. It carries a pregnancy risk, category D and has been tested recently in Vitro Development.