What is Depacon?

Depacon is a brand-name version of the active ingredient valproate sodium solution for injection. Depacon is used to treat various seizures in people who cannot tolerate oral medication, including absence, complex partial, myoclonic and tonic-clonic seizures. It is administered intravenously (IV) over the course of one hour. Exactly how Depacon works is not clear, but it is believed that its anticonvulsant effects have something to do with its ability to elevate brain levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), an inhibitory neurotransmitter.

Continue Learning about Anticonvulsant

What tests are required before taking anticonvulsants?
John Preston, PsyDJohn Preston, PsyD
Pretreatment laboratory tests are required for the anticonvulsants Depakote, Tegretol, and Trile...
More Answers
How does Topamax (topiramate) treat migraines?
Dr. Steven A. Meyers, MDDr. Steven A. Meyers, MD
No medication works for everybody, and it is not unusual to have to try several medications before y...
More Answers
What are the side effects of valproic acid in people with dementia?
Sarah N. Mourra, MDSarah N. Mourra, MD
The side effects or adverse effects from valproic acid (Depakote) in people with dementia involve ra...
More Answers
What should I know before taking gabapentin?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Gabapentin may not be a good option for women who are pregnant, considering pregnancy, or who may be...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.