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A 19-year-old male asked:

is 500mg valproic acid daily too low of a dose to even be therapeutic for a adult, to treat epilepsy ?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 18 years experience
Not necessarily: Though there are blood levels that coincide with good control, whatever dose prevents seizures is appropriate for you.
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 30 years experience
Not necessarily: Depends upon what type of epilepsy someone has, and also upon how their unique brain chemistry reacts to the medicine.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Have your doctor do a blood level of VPA. this may help direct the dose prescribed.
May 14, 2015

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