The dose of divalproex ER
) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition being treated
- Your weight
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As always, do not adjust your divalproex
ER dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Divalproex ER Dosing for Mania
The recommended starting divalproex ER dose for treating manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar disorder
is 25 mg per kg of body weight once daily (about 11.4 mg per pound once daily). Your healthcare provider will probably increase your dose rapidly in order to control your bipolar disorder symptoms
Divalproex ER Dosing for Epilepsy
The recommended starting divalproex ER dose for complex partial seizures
is also based on your weight -- 10 mg to 15 mg per kg of body weight once daily (about 4.5 mg to 6.8 mg per pound once daily). For complex or partial absence seizures
, the starting dose of divalproex ER is 15 mg per kg once daily (about 6.8 mg per pound once daily).
Your healthcare provider will probably increase your dose slowly until your seizures are controlled or until you experience bothersome side effects.