We don't completely understand how Depakote ER works.
Doctors think that it may work in several ways at once.
Depakote ER helps prevent brain cells from working as fast as a seizure requires them to.
In this way, seizures can be stopped when they are just beginning.
When you read about Depakote or Depakote ER, you will also see the word valproate (val-PRO-ate).
This is the name of the medicine in Depakote ER after it has changed into the form that actually works in the body.
There is no generic (non–brand name) form of Depakote ER.
In the United States, Depakote ER is sold by Abbott Laboratories. versions: Depakote ER tablets should be swallowed whole, not chewed or crushed.
So it's a lot easier to remember and more convenient.
A person who usually takes Depakote with meals should do that all the time.
As the doctor increases the amount of Depakote ER, you may be given a different kind of pills than the ones you've been using.
Another advantage of Depakote ER is that the amount of medicine in the blood stays more even than when regular Depakote is used.
Having an even level of medicine in the blood may reduce side effects from very high levels and seizures from very low levels.