Divalproex sodium in the treatment of adults with bipolar disorder

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  • Divolproex sodium (Depokote┬«, Abbott Laboratories) is an antilconvulsant with well-established efficacy in the treatment of bipolar I disorder, manic or mixed episode. Over the past 10 years, an increased number of studies indicate that divalproex has a broad spectrum of activity in the treatment of bipolar depression and rapid cycling, psychotic symptoms, impulsive aggression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Newer formulations of divalproex, namely the extended-release formulation, are now available. The improved tolerability and convenience of the once-daily extended-release formulation has a significant potential to improve patient compliance and thus, clinical and functional outcomes. The use of divalproex in the treatment of bipolar and other related psychiatric disorders is reviewed.
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  • Davis LL; Williams R; Cates M
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  • 349
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  • 362
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  • 4
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  • 3