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There are several studies demonstrating the efficacy of divalproex in the acute treatment of mania and mixed mania. In fact, the American Psychiatric Associations Practice Guidelines for Bipolar Disorder recommends divalproex as a first-line treatment for acute mania and acute mixed mania; divalproex is the treatment of choice in the treatment of acute mixed mania. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved divalproex for the acute treatment of mania in the 1990's. A new formulation, divalproex, Depakote ER, was recently FDA approved for the treatment of epilepsy and prophylaxis of migraine headaches. In a pooled data analysis of nine open-labeled trials involving 321 epilepsy and bipolar disorder patients, Smith et al. that Depakote ER was associated with superior tolerability including less frequent tremors, weight gain, and gastrointestinal complaints (all p<0.001) compared with Depakote DR. Depakote ER was preferred by subjects and it provided improved seizure control and a greater reduction in psychiatric symptoms.
Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Treatment
Depakote ER, Depakote DR
Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:44:15-0400
To assess the tolerability of switching from Depakote Sprinkle Capsules or Depakote tablets to Depakote ER tablets in the pediatric population.
The purpose of this study is to determine the safety and effectiveness of Depakote ER compared to placebo in the treatment of bipolar disorder, manic or mixed type in adults.
The purpose of this study is to collect and evaluate information on the use of Depakote Extended Release (ER) and Depacon Intravenous (IV) in patients with cluster headaches. Patients who ...
To determine if long-term treatment, up to 6 months, with Depakote ER is safe and effective in the treatment of bipolar I disorder in children and adolescents.
The purpose of this study is to compare compliance, tolerability, effectiveness, and side-effects in Bipolar I and II patients switching from Valproic Acid to Depakote ER.
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A butyrophenone with general properties similar to those of HALOPERIDOL. It is used in the treatment of PSYCHOSES including MANIA and SCHIZOPHRENIA. (From Martindale, The Extra Pharmacopoeia, 30th ed, p621)
Agents that are used to treat bipolar disorders or mania associated with other affective disorders.
Psychiatry is the study of mental disorders and their diagnosis, management and prevention. Conditions include schizophrenia, severe depression and panic disorders among others. There are pharmaceutical treatments as well as other therapies to help...
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Over half of Bipolar cases develops before the age of 25. Bipolar ...