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Magnesium Valproate



Magnesium valproate is used in the treatment of fits (seizures). It is also used to prevent abnormal mood swings in bipolar disorder patients.

How it works

Magnesium valproate belongs to a class of drugs called anticonvulsants. Magnesium valproate dissociates into magnesium and valproic acid ions in the gastrointestinal tract and increases the levels of certain chemical messengers in the central nervous system (CNS) thereby decreasing symptoms associated with fits and mood swings.

Common side effects

Nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting/sleepwetting), Pancreatic inflammation, Liver injury, Bone marrow depression, Extra pyramidal symptom, Gastrointestinal disorder, Hair loss, Hematological disorder, Increased ammonia level in blood, Reduced blood platelets, Tremor, Weight gain, Decreased white blood cell count


Expert advice

  • Do not use magnesium valproate in children < 2years of age.
  • Do not drive or use any machinery after taking magnesium valproate as it may cause dizziness.
  • Do not consume alcohol when on treatment with magnesium valproate, as it may worsen its side effects.
  • Do not take if  allergic to magnesium valproate or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if suffering with renal disorders, hepatic diseases and cardiac disorders.
  • Not priscribed for Children < 2years of age.
  • Do not take if Pregnant.

Frequently asked questions

Magnesium Valproate

Q. What is magnesium valproate?
Magnesium valproate is the magnesium salt of valproic acid which is used in the treatment of fits.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)