How should I take Depakote?

Depakote comes in several forms, including an extended-release tablet, a delayed-release tablet and sprinkle capsules. You will be prescribed one form of Depakote, which you should take exactly as directed. Do not crush or chew the tablets, as they are meant to release amounts of medicine into the body over an extended period of time. Swallow the tablets with a glass of water, while keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day. You may take the tablet with food if it upsets your stomach. Sprinkle capsules may be opened and mixed with pudding or applesauce to make them easier to swallow. Do not chew the medicine in sprinkle capsules. Make sure to swallow all the medicine in the sprinkle capsule at the same time. Do not leave some medicine for later. Only take the amount of Depakote prescribed to you. Do not share your medicine or stop taking it if you feel better. Extended-release tablets are usually taken once a day, while all other forms of Depakote are usually taken twice a day. Take each dose of Depakote at around the same time of day. Your doctor will gradually decrease the strength of your Depakote prescription as you get better. Do not stop taking Depakote before your prescription runs out.

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