Valproate is a medication that is used to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorder and prevent migraines. It works by stabilizing the electrical activity in the brain and affecting certain chemicals that are involved in mood regulation. Valproate can have serious side effects, especially for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. Valproate can cause birth defects and developmental disorders in children exposed to it during pregnancy. Therefore, Valproate is not recommended for women of childbearing age unless they are on a pregnancy prevention programme and other treatments are not effective or tolerated. Valproate should be taken as prescribed by a doctor and monitored regularly for its effectiveness and safety.


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