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Valproic acid is an anticonvulsant medicine. It is also used to prevent seizures. Valproic acid is also known as Valproate. This test is performed to know the amount of valproic acid in the blood. The primary purpose of this test is to monitor the toxicity and therapeutic level. It is very important to get tested, to know the drug’s level if a person shows some symptoms of toxicity.
A seizure disorder can affect the ability of the brain to transmit electrical impulses. In a seizure, the patient may experience some changes such as consciousness, smell, taste, convulsions, etc. valproic acid test is also prescribed for bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric condition in which cycle of mania and depression can be last for days, weeks, months or even years. When a patient is in depression mode, they may feel sad, worthless, hopeless, or have thought of doing suicide. During mania mode, the patient may experience irritability, euphoric, poor judgement and risky behaviour. It is also used to diagnose people with migraine headaches.
Excessive use of valproic acid can lead to pancreatitis and liver dysfunction. In the first six months of therapy, it is more likely to have some severe liver damage. During pregnancy, the use of valproic acid can lead to congenital disabilities.