Stavzor

Generic Name: Valproic acid

  • What is Stavzor?

    Stavzor is used to treat bipolar disorder (the manic episodes), epilepsy, and migraine.
  • What is the most important information I should know about Stavzor?

    Stavzor can cause liver and pancreatic damage. Use of Stavzor during pregnancy can cause birth defects and malformations.
  • Who should not take Stavzor?

    Do not take Stavzor if you: have liver problems and urea cycle disorders, have a known hypersensitivity to Stavzor, or if you are pregnant.
  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Stavzor?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over the counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Stavzor. Also talk to your doctor about your complete medical history.
  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Manic Episodes of Bipolar Disorder

    Adults: The initial starting dose is 750 milligrams (mg) per day, in divided doses. The maximum daily dose is 60 mg per kilogram (kg) of body weight per day.

    Epilepsy

    Adults: The starting dose is 10-15 mg per kg of body weight per day, and can be increased by 5-10 mg per kg of body weight per day.

    Migraine

    Adults: The starting dose is 250 mg twice a day, may be increased for some patients to 1000 mg per day

  • How should I take Stavzor?

    Stavzor is to be taken orally (by mouth). Swallow whole, do not chew or crush.
  • What should I avoid while taking Stavzor?

    Avoid driving or operating machinery while on Stavzor until you know how this medication affects you.
  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Stavzor?

    If Stavzor is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Stavzor with the following: alcohol, antidepressants, aspirin, carbamazepine, carbepenem antibiotics, felbamate, phenobarbital, phenytoin, rifampin.
  • What are the possible side effects of Stavzor?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: liver damage, pancreatic damage, sedation, nausea, sleepiness, vomiting, dizziness, rash, increased or decreased blood pressure, chills, fever, neck rigidity, muscle pain, gastroenteritis, gas, loss of appetite

  • Can I receive Stavzor if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Stavzor is to be avoided if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Stavzor?

    If you miss a dose of Stavzor, skip that dose. Take your next dose at the scheduled time. Do not take 2 doses at once.
  • How should I store Stavzor?

    Store at room temperature.