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Brand name: Epilim TM

Active ingredients: valproate

What it is used for

Epilepsy: Primary generalised epilepsy (petit mal absences, various forms of myoclonic epilepsy and tonic-clonic grand mal seizures). Partial (focal) epilepsy either alone or as adjuvant therapy. Mania: For the treatment of mania where other therapy has proved inadequate or is inappropriate

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Oral
  • Store below 30 degrees Celsius
  • Shelf lifetime is 3 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

White circular flat tablet with bevelled edge with a diametric grove on one face

Images are the copyright of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Food interactions

For the active ingredient valproate

  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Do not take with milk.
  • Take with food.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on February 1, 2019. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient valproate

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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