Depakote Sprinkle Capsules


Comment from: Chelle 45-54 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: March 11

I loved this medication. It was prescribed for headaches, but it also helped with my years of depression. Unfortunately, it caused severe hair loss and I had to quit taking it. What a major disappointment.

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Comment from: jmbumpus07 19-24 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: December 02

This medicine really helps prevent my horrible ongoing headaches. The only side effect I think I have noticed is that I have become very dependent on my reading glasses. I will need to have my eye sight checked on.

Comment from: Gabriel 7-12 Male 2 to less than 5 years Caregiver Published: April 25

My 8 years son has been taken this medicine for two years now to control his absence seizures. Nausea and stomach ache has been the physical most notorious side effects, but his short term memory is really hard for him at school.

Comment from: momlives4christ 7-12 Male less than 1 month Caregiver Published: March 07

My 8 year old start take about week ago, he has since suffered his reflux and vomiting for 3 days now. Poor guy strt complain of his head feeling bad again, this med is another no go for us.

Comment from: Jeff 45-54 Male 10 years or more Patient Published: January 15

I have been taking Depakote Sprinkles for over 15 years and they work very well at kieeping my seizures under control. I have not had a seizure in over 8 years.

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Comment from: Mardigras 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: October 27

I was on the generic version, Valproic Acid, of Depakote for over 8 yrs. because I had 'Weight Loss Surgery', which makes me unable to take or digest regular Depakote because of its thick enteric coating or any kind of time-released medications. Thus every night I was having to swallow up to 18 Valproic Acid capsules whole to keep my proper Valproic Acid blood level at the correct therapeutic, maintaining my bipolar disorder because the highest dose of it was in 250 mg. capsules. Taking this lg. amt., along with my other night meds. would fill my little stomach/pouch left from my 'WLS', usually upsetting it and filling it to the max. While hospitalized this last July, my Dr. decided to give the Depakote Sprinkles a try. Apparently they're usually prescribed for children because the ease of administrating them. Open them and put on applesauce or pudding. They're wonderful and I get no more upset stomachs and don't dread taking my night bipolar meds. anymore. I need to take (16) 125 mg. capsules, (the strongest dose they come in), to get my proper 2,000 mg. dose, so they're a bit of a pain to open that many but so worth it. My husband usually does it for me now

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Comment from: 25-34 Female 1 to 6 months Caregiver Published: July 24

My 9 yr old son has been on Keppra made him crazy hyper. We bith lost 10 lbs trying to keep up with him 9neither of us needed to lose weight). Lamitcal rash and very duh like. Topimax mean to brother and sister. This med seems to work for seizures if we used right I think. He does weird stuff on it like accidents on floor. Always holds up three fingers and looks at them. Shakes his rear end like at dance club. It is hard to know what med is right or not. He had head injury and is relearning to talk. So I have to make the decisions. Not happy with Dr either only 2 child nuros in OK and they are so busy you cant get in or feel they have time to care. I really just hate all the meds he has taken it really slows down his relearning process.

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Comment from: Holly 7-12 Female 1 to less than 2 years Caregiver Published: July 19

Capsules were hard to break open, my 7 year old was terribly moody and angry, she gained 30 pounds in 1 year

Comment from: Sue Thetford 65-74 Female less than 1 month Caregiver Published: June 22

My husband is taking it for anger management for about 2 weeks. Has experienced edema in extremeties and severe rash, redness, and uncontrollable itching. Am very concerned.

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Comment from: 35-44 Female less than 1 month Caregiver Published: March 13

my son was put on depakote for partial seizues he is 7 and it changed his behavior drastically. mean and loud and did not care about hurting anyone.

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Comment from: 7-12 Female 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: January 15

It made me have more seizure, and numb ness in my left arm all the time.

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Comment from: 13-18 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: October 12

this medication caused my seizures to worsen

Comment from: manic-depressed 7-12 Female 1 to 6 months Caregiver Published: August 23

It seems somewhat effective in some ways. I am very afraid of the side-effects that is why I don't give the full required dose to my son.

Comment from: chisu_chan 19-24 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: June 12

I was given depakote to erase the crazed mood swings that ruined my ever day life. It took a few weeks for it to kick in, but once it did it improved my life so much. I was able to function properly and go through the whole day without problems. Unfortunantly. You have to keep taking the medicine. My life has been going back to the way it was since my mother stopped helping me get the meds I need.

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Comment from: 7-12 Female 1 to 6 months Caregiver Published: April 05

Focal seizures

Comment from: nanna5 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: January 20

i have no idea why i am given this medication along with my klonapin

Comment from: Spacedoubt 7-12 Female 6 months to less than 1 year Caregiver Published: October 12

My daughter has simple partial, complex partial, and generalized tonic clonic seizures. Depakote controls her GTCs pretty well. The things is, she is so exhausted that, even after 10 hours of sleep the night before, school sends her home. She also vomits every day after taking it! I am very concerned about damage it might be doing. Her doctor thinks I'm exagerating. It doesn't control her SPs and CPs completely. Her seizures start in her occipital lobe. We are only taking it because she's allergic to everything else we've tried. I'm so frustrated. She took it as a small child, so her time on it is more like 3 and a half years or so, but this time it's 6 months, maybe.

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Comment from: 25-34 Male 6 months to less than 1 year Caregiver Published: October 05

we have to admister with a g tube and the sprinkles tend clog the micky button. But the seizures have been greatly reduced.


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Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

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