Valproic acid

Generic Medicine Info
Pre-existing or family history of hepatic dysfunction, porphyria, urea cycle disorders, known mitochondrial disorders caused by POLG mutation and in children (<2 years) who are suspected of having a mitochondrial disorder. Hepatic impairment. Pregnancy (prophylaxis of migraine).
Special Precautions
Patients with HIV, cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, SLE. Renal impairment. Children (<2 years on anticonvulsant polytherapy, with congenital metabolic disorders, severe seizure disorders, mental retardation, organic brain disease). Use in children ≥2 years of age who are suspected of having POLG-related disorder only after other anticonvulsants have failed. Lactation. Patient Counselling Seek medical advice during first signs of pancreatitis (e.g. abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and anorexia), blood and liver toxicity. Monitoring Parameters Monitor LFT before and during the 1st 6 mth of therapy. Monitor blood cell count (including platelet count), bleeding time and coagulation tests before the start of therapy or before surgery, and in cases of spontaneous bruising or bleeding. Monitor for atypical behaviour (e.g. suicidal ideation and behaviour) during and after therapy.
Adverse Reactions
Headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, anorexia, increased appetite, wt gain, nystagmus, somnolence, dizziness, fatigue, hyperammonaemic encephalopathy, hypothermia, hallucinations. Thrombocytopenia (dose related), tremors, LFT elevation. Chronic use may lead to carnitine deficiency.
Potentially Fatal: Fatal hepatotoxicity esp in childn <2 yr, multi-organ and dermatologic hypersensitivty reactions (e.g. Stevens-Johnson syndrome, erythema multiforme), pancreatitis, blood dyscrasias.
ROUTE(S) : IV / PO / Parenteral: D
ROUTE(S) : PO / Parenteral: X when used for migraine prophylaxis
Drug Interactions
Increased risk of toxicity w/ bupropion. Increased risk of convulsions w/ mefloquine. Increased risk of carnitine deficiency w/ pivmecillinam and pivampicillin. Increased risk of hepatotoxicity and carbamazepine toxicity w/ a decrease in valproic acid levels w/ concurrent carbamazepine. Decreased valproic acid and increased ethosuximide serum levels w/ ethosuximide. Decreased valproic acid levels w/ carbapenems, rifampicin, phenytoin, phenobarbital (or primidone) and antineoplastic drug regimens. Increased valproic acid levels w/ felbamate and aspirin. Increased risk of hepatotoxicity w/ olanzepine. Concurrent use increased phenobarbital, nimodipine, nifedipine, lamotrigine, zidovudine, amitriptyline, nortriptyline and benzodiazepines levels. Concurrent use decreased tigabine and clozapine levels. Increased risk of absence status w/ clonazepam. Increased risk of hyperammonaemia w/ topiramate. Increased free valproic acid concentrations w/ highly protein bound drugs.
CIMS Class
Anticonvulsants / Antimigraine Preparations / Antipsychotics
ATC Classification
N03AG01 - valproic acid ; Belongs to the class of fatty acid derivatives antiepileptic.
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