How does Depakote (divalproex) work?

Depakote (divalproex) is a type of drug known as an anticonvulsant and helps treat people with epilepsy who experience seizures, or convulsions. Epileptic seizures can cause muscle spasms, loss of consciousness, and other symptoms. Although the exact cause of these seizures remains unclear, they are said to occur due to an imbalance of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Some evidence suggests that low levels of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) causes seizures, and Depakote increases levels of GABA. Depakote ER has also been approved to prevent migraine headaches.

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