Patients should be informed of the signs and symptoms associated with hyperammonemic encephalopathy (see PRECAUTIONS - Hyperammonemia) and be told to inform the prescriber if any of these symptoms occur.
Since DEPACON (valproate sodium injection) may produce CNS depression, especially when combined with another CNS depressant (e.g., alcohol), patients should be advised not to engage in hazardous activities, such as driving an automobile or operating dangerous machinery, until it is known that they do not become drowsy from the drug.
Since DEPAKOTE has been associated with certain types of birth defects, female patients of child-bearing age considering the use of DEPACON (valproate sodium injection) should be advised of the risk and of alternative therapeutic options and to read the Patient Information Leaflet, which appears as the last section of the labeling. This is especially important when the treatment of a spontaneously reversible condition not ordinarily associated with permanent injury or risk of death (e.g., migraine) is considered.
Patients should be instructed that a fever associated with other organ system involvement (rash, lymphadenopathy, etc.) may be drug-related and should be reported to the physician immediately (see PRECAUTIONS - Multi-organ Hypersensitivity Reaction).
Last reviewed on RxList: 6/11/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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