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. Prevents seizures and stabilizes mood. Lamictal (Lamotrigine) is most useful for treating severe seizure disorders, and for bipolar disorder with more depression symptoms than manic symptoms. Just be careful to increase your dose slowly to avoid skin rash. Find lowest prices Save on your next prescription. Be sure you’re getting the lowest price for your medication, even if you have insurance.
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-18% worse vs. Depakote
-9% worse vs. Depakote
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Accidental injury 6%
Muscle weakness 3%
Abdominal pain 1%
Any side effect 4%
More Depakote side effects » More Lamictal side effects » How it works Depakote Lamictal 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. Lamictal (Lamotrigine) is an antiepileptic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to calm nerve activity in the brain. Type of medication Depakote Lamictal Prescription only Prescription only Available as Depakote Lamictal Pill Extended release Extended release capsule Sprinkle Liquid Pill Extended release Chewable tablet Dissolving tablet Used for Depakote Lamictal Risk factors for serious side effects Depakote Lamictal › Children under age 2 › History of metabolic disorders › History of depression › People also taking Topamax Detailed Depacon (valproate, valproic acid, or divalproex) risks & warnings » › History of depression › People also taking Depakote › Taking more than the prescribed dose › Increasing the dose too quickly › Taking birth control pills Detailed Lamictal (lamotrigine) risks & warnings »
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.
Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.
Food Depakote Lamictal › Take with food to avoid upset stomach. › Take with food to avoid upset stomach.
Kidneys and liver Depakote Lamictal › Can cause liver damage, so it's probably not safe if you already have liver problems. No kidneys and liver related info.
Weight Depakote Lamictal › 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 Depakote Lamictal › 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. › Effective at lowering the frequency of seizures in people with epilepsy or Lennox-Gestaut syndrome. Typically used together with other medications for severe seizure disorders. › Works best for partial, tonic-clonic, and absence seizures. › A first-line treatment for bipolar disorder. Effective long-term treatment for stabilizing mood. Prevents both depressive and manic episodes, but the effect is greater for preventing depression. › Doesn't require routine blood tests. Downsides and risks Depakote Lamictal › 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. › Can cause double vision, dizziness, sleepiness, and headache. › Has the risk of a rare but life-threatening rash. › Can make hormonal birth control less effective. › Might be less effective than other medicines for treating manic episodes (acute mania) in people with bipolar disorder. Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication Depakote Lamictal › 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. › Follow dose adjustments set by your doctor to minimize skin rash. › Take with food to avoid upset stomach. › Report rash, blurry vision, fever, persistent headache, or neck stiffness to your doctor. › Makes hormonal birth control less effective. › Takes 4 to 6 weeks to feel full effects on mood. Learn more More about Depakote Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert More about Lamictal Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert