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Which oral valproic acid formulation is best for my patient?

Knox, Julie E. PharmD; Freeland, Kathryn N. PharmD, BCPP

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: January 2015 - Volume 28 - Issue 1 - p 21–23
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000456579.62380.5d
Pharmacology Consult

ABSTRACT The various oral formulations of valproic acid vary in dosing frequency, form, indication, and cost. This article describes how to determine which formulation to prescribe based on factors including the patient's diagnosis and financial situation.

Julie E. Knox is a recent graduate of the pharmacy program at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy in Clinton, S.C. Kathryn N. Freeland is clinical pharmacist in psychiatry at Greenville (S.C.) Health System. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Mary Lou Brubaker, PharmD, PA-C, department editor

© 2015 American Academy of Physician Assistants.
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