What is Depakote used for?


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WebMD reports that Depakote is used to treat seizure disorders and the manic phase of bipolar disorder as well as to prevent migraine headaches. Depakote works by helping to maintain the correct balance of neurotransmitters in the brain.

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According to MedicineNet, the active ingredient in Depakote is valproic acid. As of October 2014, the exact manner in which valproic acid works on the brain is unknown. It is thought that valproic acid causes an increase in the concentration of gamma-amniobutyric acid in the brain. Gamma-amniobutyric acid helps the nerves in the brain communicate with one another. Depakote is available orally in the form of tablets, capsules and syrup and is also available as an injection.

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