Compare Depakote vs. Sanctura

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

Depacon
(valproate, valproic acid, or divalproex)

Sanctura
(trospium)

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.Coming soon.
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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
DepakoteSanctura
  • 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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We haven’t found good data for Sanctura side effects.

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How it works
DepakoteSanctura
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.Coming soon.
Type of medication
DepakoteSanctura
Prescription only
Available as
DepakoteSanctura
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Extended release capsule
  • Sprinkle
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for
DepakoteSanctura
  • Bladder Muscle Dysfunction Overactive
Risk factors for serious side effects
DepakoteSanctura
  • Children under age 2
  • History of metabolic disorders
  • History of depression
  • People also taking Topamax
Detailed Depacon (valproate, valproic acid, or divalproex) risks & warnings »
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    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.

    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
    DepakoteSanctura
    • Take with food to avoid upset stomach.
    No food related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    DepakoteSanctura
    • Can cause liver damage, so it's probably not safe if you already have liver problems.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Weight
    DepakoteSanctura
    • 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
    DepakoteSanctura
    • 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.
    Coming soon
    Downsides and risks
    DepakoteSanctura
    • 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.
    Coming soon
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    DepakoteSanctura
    • 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.
    Coming soon
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