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 Formulary Chapter 4: Central nervous system - Full Chapter
04.02.03  Expand sub section  Drugs used for mania and hypomania
04.02.03  Expand sub section  Valproic acid
Valproic Acid (Semisodium)
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Valproic Acid Tablet EC 250mg (As Semisodium Valproate)
Valproic Acid Tablet EC 500mg (As Semisodium Valproate)

Please see the following links to materials to support the new Valproate Pregnancy Prevention Programme:

Patient Card – to be given by pharmacists to all female patients who are dispensed valproate medicines to inform them of the risks
Patient Guide – to be provided to girls (of any age) and women of childbearing potential (or their parent/caregiver/responsible person) taking any medicine containing valproate
Guide for healthcare professionals – for all prescribers, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers involved in the care of women and girls of childbearing potential using valproate medicines
Risk Acknowledgement Form – for the specialist and patient (or their parent/caregiver/responsible person) to sign at initiation and at treatment reviews at least every year. The patient should receive a copy of the form; one copy should be filed in the specialist notes, and one copy sent to the patient’s GP

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Drugs which require special consideration. These are drugs for Consultant Prescribing ONLY. They should not be prescribed in Primary Care.  


Drugs that should be initiated by a Specialist but are suitable for continuation in Primary Care. For some drugs there may be a Ricad in place to aid the transition to primary care.  

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Drugs that should be initiated by a Specialist but are suitable for continuation in Primary Care but also require and ESCA (Shared Care Agreement)   


Suitable first-line drugs for implementation in Primary Care  

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