HeadMeds gives young people in the United Kingdom general information about medication. HeadMeds does not give you medical advice. Please talk to your Doctor or anyone else who is supporting you about your own situation because everyone is different. Please read more important details about our site.

What can it be used for?

  • 18 & Over
    If you are 18 or over, the doctor can prescribe valproate semi-sodium for you as a licensed medicine for mania that happens with bipolar disorder.
  • Under 18
    If you are under 18, there is less research about its use and effectiveness in young people. Even so, specialists might prescribe it ‘off label’ if it is the best medicine for you.

Ways to take and what's in it?

  • Tablets

    Valproate semi-sodium is available as tablets (250mg and 500mg strengths)

  • Tablets

    Sodium valproate, if used, is also available as crushable tablets (100mg strength), enteric coated tablets (200mg and 500mg) controlled release tablets (200mg, 300mg and 500mg strengths), liquid, syrup and granules!

  • Tablets

    Valproate tablets contain colours that might cause an allergic reaction if you are allergic to aspirin