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In Brief: Warning Against Use of Valproate for Migraine Prevention During Pregnancy

The FDA is advising health care professionals not to prescribe valproate sodium (Depacon), valproic acid (Depakene, Stavzor, and generics) or divalproex sodium (Depakote, Depakote ER, and generics) for migraine prevention in pregnant women because a recently published study showed that IQ scores are decreased in children of mothers who took these drugs during pregnancy. The FDA recommends avoiding valproate altogether, if possible, in women of childbearing age.1

VALPROATE — Valproic acid and divalproex sodium dissociate to valproate in the GI tract. Valproate is considered the drug of choice for treatment of primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures. It is one of many drugs used for treatment of bipolar disorder and prevention of migraine.2,3

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