Generic Depakene comes in the form of both capsules and syrup. Teva Pharmaceuticals, Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals, and Alpharma are a few of the companies that manufacture the medication. All of the generic Depakene drugs that are currently available have an "AB" or "AA" rating, which means that they should be just as good as the brand-name medicine, although they may have different inactive ingredients.
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Depakene® (valproic acid) is a prescription medication that is used to control seizures in people with epilepsy.
The drug is manufactured by Abbott Pharmaceuticals. However, the patent has since expired, and generic Depakene is now available.
Generic Depakene is made by the following manufacturers:
- IVAX Pharmaceuticals
- Hi Tech Pharmacal Co.
- Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals
- Physicians Total Care
- Precision Dose
- Teva Pharmaceuticals
- Qualitest Pharmaceuticals
- Watson Pharmaceuticals.
Generic Depakene capsules are available in one strength -- valproic acid 250 mg capsules.
Generic Depakene syrup is also available and contains 250 mg of valproic acid per 5 mL (250 mg per teaspoonful).
All generic medications must have certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generic versions are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one. An "AB" or "AA" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the versions of generic valproic acid currently available have an "AB" or "AA" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Depakene.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients from their brand-name versions. These inactive ingredients might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients, which could cause problems for people with certain allergies or sensitivities.
It should also be noted that many healthcare providers believe that special care should be taken when switching a patient from a brand-name seizure medication to a generic one. For this reason, you may want to check with your healthcare provider before switching to a generic version of Depakene (or even before switching between different generic versions of Depakene).