Should valproic acid 1500 mg and sodium valproate 1500 mg be taken together?

Depakote. Not sure why u would be taking the same medication twice ?. Also, make sure your blood level is therapeutic.

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I take Epilim Chrono 500mg which isn't actually equal Depakote ER. (500mg Epilim = 333mg sodium valproate + 145 mg valproic acid), so when to test?

Random. The idea is this medication is supposed to generate a steady state level after about 3 days. Peak and trough levels matter if you are looking for toxicity or sub-therapeutic levels with medications with a short half life. Also Depakote has a very wide therapeutic level (50-100) Consider obtaining a Vit D level (which is often low) and checking ammonia after being on this medication a while. Read more...
3 days. Half life of valproate sodium and valproic acid is 16 hours. Steady state is reached at 3 1/2 half lives--i.e. 62 hours. For ease of calculation, 72 hours would show a steady state. Measure trough level--i.e. just before your next dose schedule. Read more...

Can you tell me if it's hard for someone to get a prescription for sodium valproate?

Not if... ...you had a bona fide medical indication for this medication. The most common uses of sodium valproate are for seizure disorder and for bipolar disorder. Read more...

What are the most common side effects associated with sodium valproate

Many side effects. Valproate (or valproic acid) is used for the treatment of epilepsy (to control fits) and bipolar illness (to stabilize mood). It "calms" and "relaxes." side effects include unsteadiness on the feet, confusion, shaky hands, "feeling sick, " easy bruisability, bleeding, skin rash, fatigue or sleepiness, weight gain, and loss of hair. Simultaneous drinking of alcohol can exacerbate these symptoms. Read more...

Does sodium valproate lower a fetus's iq?

It's wise to discuss. medical management of your epilepsy with your OB-GYN & neurologist prior to conception. Valproic Acid in the 1st trimester, especially > 1,000 mg./day, increases risk of congenital malformations. One is Spina Bifida, for which a daily Folic Acid supplement started 3 mos. before conception reduces risk. VPA can also decrease Verbal IQ, +/- signs of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, in offspring. Read more...