Compare Depakote vs. Detrol

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

Depacon
(valproate, valproic acid, or divalproex)

Detrol
(tolterodine)

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.Treats overactive bladder. Detrol (tolterodine) is a good treatment for overactive bladder after exercises and other methods to control it haven't worked.
Reviews & ratings
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4.44Depakote
Reviews for Depakote
46%
of people (All ages) say Depakote is worth it
40%
say it works well
27%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
DepakoteDetrol
  • Nausea 7%
  • Drowsiness 7%
  • Dizziness 8%
  • Vomiting 9%
  • Accidental injury 6%
  • Muscle weakness 3%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Indigestion 1%
  • Any side effect 4%
  • Rash 3%
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  • Dry mouth 25%
  • Headache 2%
  • Constipation 3%
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Stomach pain 2%
  • Tiredness 1%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Indigestion 3%
  • Drowsiness 1%
  • Dry eyes 1%
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How it works
DepakoteDetrol
Depacon (Valproate, Valproic Acid, Or Divalproex) is an antiepileptic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to increase the amount of GABA, a chemical that calms nerves in the brain.Detrol (tolterodine) is an antimuscarinic. It helps people control the urge to urinate by relaxing the bladder muscles and stopping them from spasming.
Type of medication
DepakoteDetrol
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
DepakoteDetrol
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Extended release capsule
  • Sprinkle
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for
DepakoteDetrol
Risk factors for serious side effects
DepakoteDetrol
  • Children under age 2
  • History of metabolic disorders
  • History of depression
  • People also taking Topamax
Detailed Depacon (valproate, valproic acid, or divalproex) risks & warnings »
  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • People age 65 or older
  • Glaucoma
  • History of bladder problems
Detailed Detrol (tolterodine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Alcohol
DepakoteDetrol
No alcohol related info.
  • Drinks with caffeine, alcohol or carbonation can make your symptoms worse.
Food
DepakoteDetrol
  • Take with food to avoid upset stomach.
  • You can take Detrol (tolterodine) with or without food.
Kidneys and liver
DepakoteDetrol
  • Can cause liver damage, so it's probably not safe if you already have liver problems.
  • If you have liver or kidney problems, talk to your doctor before starting Detrol (tolterodine). You might have to use a lower dose, or you might not be able to take Detrol (tolterodine) at all.
Sleep
DepakoteDetrol
No sleep related info.
  • You can get drowsy or dizzy on Detrol (tolterodine). Do not stand or sit up too quickly if you've been sitting or lying down for a while.
  • Detrol (tolterodine) can cause drowsiness, dizziness and can increase your risk for falls.
Weight
DepakoteDetrol
  • May cause hair loss and weight gain.
  • Can cause upset stomach, hair loss, weight gain, sleepiness, and tremor.
No weight related info.
Upsides and benefits
DepakoteDetrol
  • 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.
  • Detrol (tolterodine) is effective at treating overactive bladder by lowering the urge to urinate, and controlling urination.
  • The tablet is available as a generic in both extended and immediate release, so you can take it once or twice a day.
Downsides and risks
DepakoteDetrol
  • 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.
  • Detrol (tolterodine) can cause drowsiness, dizziness and can increase your risk for falls.
  • Detrol (tolterodine) can cause severe dry mouth and eyes and constipation.
  • Generally not recommended if you are 65 or older.
  • Do not use if you have uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
DepakoteDetrol
  • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
  • Don't use if pregnant.
  • Requires routine blood tests.
  • Take with food to avoid upset stomach.
  • May cause hair loss and weight gain.
  • Different versions of Depakote have different dosing. Be careful.
  • Report confusion, persistent abdominal pain, yellowing of eyes/skin, or easy bruising to your doctor.
  • Takes 3 to 4 weeks to feel full effects on mood.
  • Detrol (tolterodine) can take up to 4 weeks before you notice any changes.
  • Drinks with caffeine, alcohol or carbonation can make your symptoms worse.
  • You can get drowsy or dizzy on Detrol (tolterodine). Do not stand or sit up too quickly if you've been sitting or lying down for a while.
  • You can take Detrol (tolterodine) with or without food.
  • Do not break, crush or chew extended-release capsules.
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