VALPROIC ACID- valproic acid solution 
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Medication Guide

Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP

(val • pro • ic acid)

Revised 06/2020

Read this Medication Guide before you start taking Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment.

What is the most important information I should know about Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP?

Do not stop taking Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP without first talking to your healthcare provider.

Stopping Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP suddenly can cause serious problems.

Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP can cause serious side effects, including:

1.
Serious liver damage that can cause death, especially in children younger than 2 years old. The risk of getting this serious liver damage is more likely to happen within the first 6 months of treatment.

Call your healthcare provider right away if you get any of thefollowing symptoms:

nausea or vomiting that does not go away
loss of appetite
pain on the right side of your stomach (abdomen)
dark urine
swelling of your face
yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes

In some cases, liver damage may continue despite stopping the drug.

2.
Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP may harm your unborn baby.
If you take Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP during pregnancy for any medical condition, your baby is at risk for serious birth defects that affect the brain and spinal cord and are called spina bifida or neural tube defects. These defects occur in 1 to 2 out of every 100 babies born to mothers who use this medicine during pregnancy. These defects can begin in the first month, even before you know you are pregnant. Other birth defects that affect the structures of the heart, head, arms, legs, and the opening where the urine comes out (urethra) on the bottom of the penis can also happen. Decreased hearing or hearing loss can also happen.
Birth defects may occur even in children born to women who are not taking any medicines and do not have other risk factors.
Taking folic acid supplements before getting pregnant and during early pregnancy can lower the chance of having a baby with a neural tube defect.
If you take Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP during pregnancy for any medical condition, your child is at risk for having a lower IQ and may be at risk for developing autism or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
There may be other medicines to treat your condition that have a lower chance of causing birth defects, decreased IQ, or other disorders in your child.
Women who are pregnant must not take Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP to prevent migraine headaches.
All women of childbearing age (including girls from the start of puberty) should talk to their healthcare provider about using other possible treatments instead of Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP. If the decision is made to use Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP, you should use effective birth control (contraception).
Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while taking Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will continue to take Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP while you are pregnant.
Pregnancy Registry: If you become pregnant while taking Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP, talk to your healthcare provider about registering with the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry. You can enroll in this registry by calling toll-free 1-888-233-2334 or by visiting the website, http://www.aedpregnancyregistry.org/. The purpose of this registry is to collect information about the safety of antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy.
3.
Inflammation of your pancreas that can cause death.

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms:

severe stomach pain that you may also feel in your back
nausea or vomiting that does not go away
4.
Like other antiepileptic drugs, Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP, may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in avery small number of people, about 1 in 500.

Call a healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:

thoughts about suicide or dying
attempts to commit suicide
new or worse depression
new or worse anxiety
feeling agitated or restless
panic attacks
trouble sleeping (insomnia)
new or worse irritability
acting aggressive, being angry, or violent
acting on dangerous impulses
an extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
other unusual changes in behavior or mood

How can I watch for early symptoms of suicidal thoughts and actions?

Pay attention to any changes, especially sudden changes in mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings.
Keep all follow-up visits with your healthcare provider as scheduled.

Call your healthcare provider between visits as needed, especially if you are worried about symptoms.

Do not stop Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP without first talking to a healthcare provider. Stopping Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP suddenly can cause serious problems. Stopping a seizure medicine suddenly in a patient who has epilepsy can cause seizures that do not stop (status epilepticus).

Suicidal thoughts or actions can be caused by things other than medicines. If you have suicidal thoughts or actions, your healthcare provider may check for other causes.

What is Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP?

Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP is prescription medicines used alone or with other medicines, to treat:

complex partial seizures in adults and children 10 years of age and older
simple and complex absence seizures, with or without other seizure types

Who should not take Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP?

Do not take Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP if you:

have liver problems
have or think you have a genetic liver problem caused by a mitochondrial disorder (e.g. Alpers-Huttenlocher syndrome)
are allergic to divalproex sodium, valproic acid, sodium valproate, or any of the ingredients in Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP.
have a genetic problem called urea cycle disorder
are taking it to prevent migraine headaches and are either pregnant or may become pregnant because you are not using effective birth control (contraception)

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP?

Before you take Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP, tell your healthcare provider if you:

have a genetic liver problem caused by a mitochondrial disorder (e.g. Alpers-Huttenlocher syndrome)
drink alcohol
are pregnant or breastfeeding. Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP can pass into breast milk. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you take Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP
have or have had depression, mood problems, or suicidal thoughts or behavior
have any other medical conditions

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, herbal supplements and medicines that you take for a short period of time.

Taking Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP with certain other medicines can cause side effects or affect how well they work. Do not start or stop other medicines without talking to your healthcare provider.

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist each time you get a new medicine.

How should I take Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP?

Take Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP exactly as your healthcare provider tells you. Your healthcare provider will tell you how much Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP to take and when to take it.
Your healthcare provider may change your dose.
Do not change your dose of Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP without talking to your healthcare provider.
Do not stop taking Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP without first talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP suddenly can cause serious problems.
If you take too much Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP, call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center right away.

What should I avoid while taking Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP?

Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP can cause drowsiness and dizziness. Do not drink alcohol or take other medicines that make you sleepy or dizzy while taking Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP, until you talk with your doctor. Taking Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP with alcohol or drugs that cause sleepiness or dizziness may make your sleepiness or dizziness worse.
Do not drive a car or operate dangerous machinery until you know how Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP affects you. Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP can slow your thinking and motor skills.

What are the possible side effects of Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP?

See “What is the most important information I should know about Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP?”

Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP can cause other serious side effects including:

Bleeding problems: red or purple spots on your skin, bruising, pain and swelling into your joints due to bleeding or bleeding from your mouth or nose.
High ammonia levels in your blood: feeling tired, vomiting, changes in mental status.
Low body temperature (hypothermia): drop in your body temperature to less than 95°F, feeling tired, confusion, coma.
Allergic (hypersensitivity) reactions: fever, skin rash, hives, sores in your mouth, skin blistering and peeling of your skin, swelling of your lymph nodes, swelling of your face, eyes, lips, tongue, or throat, trouble swallowing or breathing.
Drowsiness or sleepiness in the elderly. This extreme drowsiness may cause you to eat or drink less than you normally would. Tell your doctor if you are not able to eat or drink as you normally do. Your doctor may start you at a lower dose of Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP.

Call your healthcare provider right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above.

The common side effects of Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP include:

nausea
headache
sleepiness
vomiting
weakness
tremor
dizziness
stomach pain
blurry vision
double vision
diarrhea
increased appetite
weight gain
hair loss
loss of appetite
problems with walking or coordination

These are not all of the possible side effects of Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., Inc. at 1-800-262-9010 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP?

Store Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP below 86°F (30°C).

Keep Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about the safe and effective use of Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.

This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP that is written for health professionals.

What are the ingredients in Valproic Acid Oral Solution, USP?

Active ingredient: valproic acid

Inactive ingredients: FD&C Red No. 40, methylparaben, natural and artificial raspberry flavor, propylparaben, purified water, sodium hydroxide, sorbitol, and sucrose.

This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Dispense the accompanying Medication Guide to each patient.

Manufactured by:

Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., Inc.

Amityville, NY 11701

Revised 06/2020

Revised: 9/2020
Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., Inc.