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Valparex 200 mg Tablet


Overview

Introduction of Valparex Tablet

Valparex 200 mg Tablet is a prescription medicine used to treat and prevent epilepsy (seizures) in adults and children. However, it cannot cure epilepsy and will only work to prevent seizures for as long as you continue to take the medicine.

Valparex 200 mg Tablet is also useful in treating acute mania, bipolar disorder and to prevent migraine. It controls seizures by decreasing the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain. It is taken by mouth with food. However, it is advisable to take it at the same time each day as this helps to maintain consistent level of medicine in the body. If you have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember it and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Stopping the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor may increase the seizure frequency. Your doctor may advise regular monitoring of weight and liver function while taking this medication.

Some of the common side effects of this medicine includes polycystic ovarian disease, pancreatitis, skin rashes, vomiting, and blurred vision. It may cause dizziness and sleepiness, so do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you. Weight gain may occur with the use of this medicine and to control it you should have a balanced diet and exercise regularly. It may even cause cosmetic side effects like increased hair growth on face, acne, and thinning of hair, talk to doctor if this bothers you. However, these symptoms may go after reducing the dose or switching to a different medicine. It is important to inform the doctor if you are using birth control pills as contraceptives may interfere with the working of this medicine and may result in seizures. There is possibility that this medicine may result in activation of suicidal thoughts in you, if this happens consult with doctor as soon as possible.

Valparex Tablet side effects

Common
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sleepiness
  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain
  • Tremor
  • Double vision
  • Coordination impaired
  • Weakness
  • Stomach pain
  • Increased appetite

How to use Valparex Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Valparex 200 mg Tablet is to be taken with food.

How Valparex Tablet works

Valparex 200 mg Tablet is an antiepileptic medication. It controls seizures or fits by decreasing the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.

Valparex Tablet related warnings

Alcohol
UNSAFE
Valparex 200 mg Tablet may cause excessive drowsiness with alcohol
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Valparex 200 mg Tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Valparex 200 mg Tablet is safe to use during breastfeeding. Human studies suggest that the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in a significant amount and is not harmful to the baby.
Monitor the baby for unusual bruising or bleeding, jaundice and other signs of liver damage.
Driving
UNSAFE
Valparex 200 mg Tablet may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Valparex 200 mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Valparex 200 mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Valparex 200 mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Valparex 200 mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Valparex 200 mg Tablet is not recommended in patients with the severe liver disease.

What if you miss a dose of Valparex Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Valparex 200 mg Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Expert Advice

  • Take your medication regularly as directed by your doctor as missing doses can trigger seizures.
  • Do not change the brand of your medicine and make sure that you have sufficient amount of medicine present with you.
  • Some healthy tips to prevent seizures:
    • Practice yoga every day.
    • Get enough sleep at nighttime.
    • Limit the use of screen time such as mobile/ laptop.
    • Take your medication on time.
  • It may cause dizziness and sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how it affects you.
  • Monitor your weight during treatment with this medicine as it can cause weight gain.
  • It may cause cosmetic side effects such as increased hair growth on face, acne and thinning of hair. Talk to your doctor if this bothers you.
  • Talk to your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or develop suicidal thoughts.
  • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor as it may increase the seizure frequency.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Valparex with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): R Zep
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Zipris
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Eurolam
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Risure
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Loxaris
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Psycopan
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Suclosz
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Panik
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Quitsun
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Altipenem, Merofit, Merolan
SERIOUS

Patient Concerns

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FAQs

Q. I have been taking Valparex for a year, and I did not have any episode of seizure during this time. For how long should I take it to cure my epilepsy completely?

Valparex does not cure your condition, it only prevents the seizures from occurring. Therefore, you will have to keep on taking it, maybe for years. Consult your doctor if face any problems while taking this medicine.

Q. What happens if I stop taking Valparex?

You should not stop taking Valparex suddenly. It should be discontinued gradually. Stopping it suddenly may increase the chances of recurrence of seizures. Always consult your doctor if you feel the need to stop taking this medicine.

Q. I have gained weight after I started using Valparex. Is it because of this medicine? What should I do?

Yes, weight gain can occur with the use of Valparex. To control your weight, you should have a healthy balanced diet and exercise regularly. Talk to your doctor if you have any other concerns.

Q. Can I take birth control pills while taking Valparex?

Yes, Valparex does not have any effect on the working of birth control pills. However, contraceptives (birth control pills) may interfere with the working of Valparex and seizures may occur. It is important that you inform your doctor that you are using birth control pills. Your doctor will keep a track on your response to the treatment and monitor the Valparex levels in your blood levels.

Q. Is it safe to take Valparex for long term?

Many patients can safely take Valparex for a long time. Rarely, long-term use of Valparex may weaken your bones, thereby increasing their chances of breaking easily (osteoporosis and osteopenia). If you are taking Valparex for a long time, get regular check ups done for bone health.

Q. I am concerned because I have heard that Valparex causes hair loss. Is it true?

Valparex may cause thinning of hair, change of hair colour and even hair loss. If you are concerned talk to your doctor if it is possible to reduce the dose of Valparex. Your hair may regrow after either reducing your dose or switching to a different medicine.

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