Valparin is a drug with generic name of Valproic Acid. Valparin is a drug that alters chemicals in the brain that are responsible for causing seizures.
Valparin is prescribed to treat seizure disorders of varied kind.
Valparin can also be prescribed for other purposes aside from treating seizure disorders.
Valparin is not to be taken if you have a liver disease.
Valparin is also known to cause major birth defects. Valparin has been known to cause malformations of the face and head; it has also been a cause of deformations of the nervous system, and of the heart. Valparin should never be taken by patients who are pregnant or who are planning to become pregnant.
Valparin is also not advised for patients who are nursing a baby as it passes into the breast milk and may cause harm to the nursing baby.
Children below 2 years old should be warned against using Valparin as it can increase their risks of contracting liver diseases. Children who are especially at risk are the ones taking multiple seizure medicines, with mental retardation, brain diseases, those with metabolic diseases.
Patients with Pancreatitis should be warned against taking Valparin as your initial condition will worsen and it may even lead to death. Consult your doctor first before taking Valparin to know if you have Pancreatitis.
Do not abruptly cease taking Valparin without first talking to your doctor about it. Abruptly stopping Valparin may further aggravate seizures.
It is important that you carry an identification tag that denotes that you are taking Valparin. This is especially useful in cases of emergencies.
Do not take alcoholic beverages and foods while taking Valparin without first talking to your doctor about it. Taking Alcohol together with Valparin may further increase its dizzying effect.
Blood tests and liver assessments should be done before the intake of Valparin.
Take Valparin exactly as directed by your doctor. Never attempt to deviate from your doctor's instructions on how to take Valparin.
Each dose of Valparin should be taken with a full glass of water.
Always swallow the Valparin tablet whole. Do not crush, chew or break the Valparin tablet as doing so may irritate the insides of your mouth and tongue.
Liquid forms of Valparin should be adequately measured from a dose-measuring cup or spoon.
The exact and efficient dose of Valparin can only be determined by your doctor. Do not attempt to prescribe a dose of Valparin for yourself.
Overdose of Valparin may be characterized by these symptoms:
- Decrease in the frequency of breathing;
- No breathing signs;
- Weak and faint heartbeat;
If these symptoms are present and if overdose is suspected, immediately seek emergency medical attention.
If you happen to miss a dose of Valparin, you can it as soon as you remember provided that is not yet near the time for the next scheduled dose of Valparin. Do not double dose Valparin.
The side effects associated with Valparin may range from mild to deadly. Liver failure has been reported to be associated with Valparin intake and in some cases have even caused death. Persons with weak liver and children ages 2 and below should be warned before taking Valparin as they are the ones most likely to experience liver failure.
Pancreatitis has also been reported in some patients who have been taking Valparin. The progress of the disease of some patients who acquired it from taking Valparin has resulted to death. Inform your doctor if you begin to feel early signs of Pancreatitis such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite.
Other side effects associated with Valparin intake are:
- Allergic reactions;
- Depression and psychiatric problems;
- Double vision;
- Menstrual irregularities;
- Unexplained bleeding or bruising;
- Weight gain;
Other side effects not listed here may also be likely to occur. Inform your doctor if you experience any of the mentioned side effects.
Valparin may not work well with other drugs such as:
The mentioned drugs above, when taken together with Valparin, may lessen the effects of Valparin in the body.
Inform your doctor if you are taking drugs that affect the flow of blood in the body such as coumadin or aspirin. When you are taking any of those, your Valparin dosage may be adjusted or significantly lowered.
Medicines such as anti-depressants, medicines that contain alcohol and/or alcoholic beverages, antihistamines, pain relievers and other drugs that may cause drowsiness when taken together with Valparin may result to dangerous sedation and severe dizziness.
Other drugs not mentioned here may also interact with Valparin. Always inform your doctor of the drugs you are taking before taking Valparin.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Valparin may also be known as:
- Depakine Chrono;
- Depalept Chrono;
- Deprakine Depot;
- DI VP;
- Ergenyl Chrono;
- Valproic Acid;