Valproate, valproic acid, sodium valproate or however you prefer to call them. You probably have heard them by their brand name Epilim or Epivan. These are medications that are commonly taken to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorders. Both long and short-acting forms are available for these guys. They come in tablets and injections too,though injections are usually made in hospital settings only.
I would love to explain all the biochemical pathways of it but i think its best to keep it simple and short. So how it helps with bipolar? Simple, it basically tapers down your manic and mixed episodes. It works by restoring the balance of certain natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the brain.
Common side effects are like constitutional symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, drowziness, diarrhoea and etc. In any case of serious side effects occur, immediately visit your nearest hospital. Though i haven’t heard such cases before on anyone taking sodium valproate.
There are contraindications taking this drug. That is why i suggest you seek for your healthcare professionals advice before hand especially if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant.
Interaction with other medications if you are on any others, here’s a little reference i’ve attached that you might find it useful or you may just ask your pharmacists about this. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Any readers out there, if you have any experience or stories with taking epilim you’re welcome to share it here. Any sort of information would greatly be a form of help to those who are seeking for medication help but are sceptical about it.