Compare Depakote vs. Dantrium

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Prevents seizures and stabilizes mood.

Depacon (Valproate, Valproic Acid, Or Divalproex) is good long-term prevention for epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and migraines, but can cause weight gain.

3.3/ 5 average rating with 97 reviewsforDepakote
Relaxes your muscles.

Dantrium (dantrolene) effectively treats malignant hyperthermia (increased temperature and muscle contractions when receiving anesthesia) and is the only medicine used to treat the condition. Dantrium (dantrolene) is not a first-choice treatment for general muscle spasms because it can damage your liver.

Upsides
  • Lowers the frequency of seizures, especially for people with absence, tonic-clonic, and complex partial seizures.
  • One of the first-line options to stabilize mood for people with bipolar disorder.
  • Helpful in preventing frequent migraine headaches.
  • Dantrium (dantrolene) effectively treats malignant hyperthermia.
  • Can be used for muscle spasticity if other medications haven't worked.
  • Available as generic.
Downsides
  • Can cause upset stomach, hair loss, weight gain, sleepiness, and tremor.
  • Can cause liver damage, so it's probably not safe if you already have liver problems.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
  • Requires routine blood tests to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not a first-choice treatment for muscle spasms because it can cause liver damage.
  • Can cause dizziness, sleepiness, and sometimes severe diarrhea.
  • Needs routine blood tests since it can injure your liver.
  • Dose needs to be increased slowly to minimize side effects.
Used for
  • Malignant hyperthermia
  • Chronic spasticity
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Extended release capsule
  • Sprinkle
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Injection
Price
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Reviews
97 reviews so far
46%
saidit'sworth it
40%
saiditworked well
27%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
26possible side effects
  • Nausea
    48%
  • Headache
    31%
  • Asthenia
    27%
  • Vomiting
    27%
  • Somnolence
    27%
  • Tremor
    25%
  • Dizziness
    25%
  • Abdominal Pain
    23%
  • Diplopia
    16%
  • Diarrhea
    13%
  • Anorexia
    12%
  • Amblyopia/Blurred Vision
    12%
  • Flu Syndrome
    12%
  • Infection
    12%
  • Dyspepsia
    8%
  • Ataxia
    8%
  • Nystagmus
    8%
  • Fever
    6%
  • Emotional Lability
    6%
  • Thinking Abnormal
    6%
  • Alopecia
    6%
  • Weight Loss
    6%
  • Constipation
    5%
  • Amnesia
    5%
  • Bronchitis
    5%
  • Rhinitis
    5%
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The Dantrium (dantrolene) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Pregnancy
  • Liver damage
    • Children under age 2
    • History of metabolic disorders
  • Pancreatitis
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
    • History of depression
  • Increased bleeding
  • Mental changes due to high ammonia
    • History of metabolic disorders
    • People also taking Topamax
  • Low body temperature
    • People also taking Topamax
  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Withdrawal seizures
    • Stopping Depacon (Valproate, Valproic Acid, Or Divalproex) suddenly
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  • Liver injury
    • Taking 800 mg or more Dantrium (dantrolene) per day
    • Women
    • Over 35 years old
    • Elderly
    • History of liver disease or dysfunction
  • Drowsiness and dizziness
    • Alcohol or recreational drug use
  • Sun sensitivity
  • Lung disease
    • COPD
    • Heart failure
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