VALPROIC ACID- valproic acid capsule 



Valproic Acid (val∙pro∙ic acid) Capsules, USP

Read this Medication Guide before you start taking valproic acid capsules 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 capsules?

Do not stop taking valproic acid capsules without first talking to your healthcare provider.

Stopping valproic acid capsules suddenly can cause serious problems.

Valproic acid capsules can cause serious side effects, including:

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

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

Do not stop valproic acid capsules without first talking to a healthcare provider.Stopping valproic acid capsules suddenly can cause serious problems. Stopping a seizure medicine suddenly in a patient who has epilepsy can cause seizures that will 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 are valproic acid capsules?

Valproic acid capsulesare a prescription medicine used alone or with other medicines, to treat:

Who should not take valproic acid capsules?

Do not take valproic acid capsules if you:

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking valproic acid capsules?

Before you take valproic acid capsules, tell your healthcare provider if you:

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 capsules 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 capsules?

What should I avoid while taking valproic acid capsules?

What are the possible side effects of valproic acid capsules?

Valproic acid capsules can cause serious side effects including:

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

The common side effects of valproic acid capsules include:

These are not all of the possible side effects of valproic acid capsules. 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 FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store valproic acid capsules?

Keep valproic acid capsules and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about the safe and effective use of valproic acid capsules

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide.

Do not use valproic acid capsules for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give valproic acid capsules 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 capsules. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about valproic acid capsules that is written for health professionals.

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What are the ingredients in valproic acid capsules?

Valproic Acid Capsules, USP:

Active ingredient: valproic acid
Inactive ingredients: peanut oil, gelatin, glycerin, and titanium dioxide

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