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Who should take Depakote?

Depakote is intended to treat people who experience seizures due to certain forms of epilepsy. It can be effective in people with complex partial seizures as well as those who experience either simple or complex absence seizures. Depakote can also treat bouts of mania caused by bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder). A bout of mania can be described as a period of abnormally high or low mood, which can be accompanied by hyperactivity or a decreased desire to sleep. People who experience these manic bouts are often described as having poor judgment, an increased aggressiveness, grandiosity or mood swings. Depakote can also prevent migraine headaches, though it has not been known to treat existing migraines. Some people have even taken Depakote to treat disorders, such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or chorea (uncontrollable body movements). Ask your doctor if Depakote is right for you.

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