Valproic Acid (Systemic)
Precautions While Using This Medicine
Your doctor should check your progress at regular visits
especially for the first few months that you take this medicine. This is necessary
to allow dose adjustments and to reduce any unwanted effects.
Do not stop taking this medicine without first checking
with your doctor
. Your doctor may want you to gradually reduce the
amount you are taking before stopping completely.
Before you have any medical tests, tell the doctor in charge that you are
taking this medicine. The results of the metyrapone and thyroid function tests
may be affected by this medicine.
Before having any kind of surgery, dental treatment,
or emergency treatment, tell the medical doctor or dentist in charge that
you are taking this medicine
. Valproic acid, valproate sodium, or divalproex
may change the time it takes your blood to clot, which may increase the chance
of bleeding. Also, taking valproic acid, valproate sodium, or divalproex together
with medicines that are used during surgery or dental or emergency treatments
may increase the CNS depressant effects.
Valproic acid, valproate sodium, and divalproex will add to the effects
of alcohol and other CNS depressants (medicines that make you drowsy or less
alert). Some examples of CNS depressants are antihistamines or medicine for
hay fever, other allergies, or colds; sedatives, tranquilizers, or sleeping
medicine; prescription pain medicine or narcotics; barbiturates; medicine
for seizures; muscle relaxants; or anesthetics, including some dental anesthetics.
Check with your doctor before taking any of the above
while you are using this medicine
For diabetic patients:
This medicine may interfere with urine tests for ketones and give
Your doctor may want you to carry a medical identification card or bracelet
stating that you are taking this medicine.
This medicine may cause some people to become drowsy or less alert than
they are normally. Make sure you know how you react to
this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could
be dangerous if you are drowsy or not alert