Valpro 200mg Tablets 200 (2 x 100)


Drug Name: valproate
Our Price $20.78
PBS $23.31
Concession $5.20
Safety Net $0.00

S8 Note - This prescription item is Schedule 8 and can only be supplied on a script from a registered doctor in Queensland. Any prescriptions from any other state cannot be filled and will be returned in the mail

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This prescription item requires a pre approved authority from the Government in order to get this item at the quoted price. Authority prescriptions need to be applied for by the doctor writing the script and can include reasons such as increased quantities due to dosage, increased repeats, use for a pre determined specified use, or the nature of the medication itself requiring specialist interaction. In the event that an authority is not granted on the script, the price will revert to the private price quoted for that item


This item contains more than one pack of a prescription product. Before this can be dispensed the doctor has to give approval. The prescription must be written for the total quantity or the prescription must be endorsed by your doctor "Regulation 24" otherwise we will be unable to dispense the increased amount. If you proceed with the order without approval, we will only send out one pack at the single pack price and refund the difference. Eg If your prescription is written out for 30 Tablets with 5 repeats and it does not have “Regulation 24 “ written on the script, the ONLY quantity we can dispense is 30 at one time. Further dispensing of this product could only occur after an appropriate length of time - usually 21 days but depends on dosage. In this example if you would like to obtain 180 Tablets then the doctor must endorse the prescription “Regulation 24” or the quantity must be written out for 180 and not 30. NB Conditions apply on the writing of a Regulation 24 prescription. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for details.

We can no longer accept signed authority forms from your doctor as permission to dispense more than one pack. Please contact our pharmacist for more information.

If you order this item as Private, NO PBS stickers will be issued. Once any prescription order has been sent the product cannot be returned for a refund even if your doctor changes your medication or you have an adverse reaction.

Valpro 200mg Tablets 200 (2 x 100)

Valpro 200mg Tablets 200 (2 x 100)

Product ID: 8252

Pharmacist Only Medicine

This product is a Pharmacist Only Medicine and requires pharmacist advice before we can dispatch this product. You must first place the order and then contact our pharmacists within 48 hours on 1300 367 283. The pharmacist will determine if this product is appropriate for you and if so, approve the order. In the event that you do not do this, the product will be deleted from your order and the balance of your order will be dispatched. This is not required if you have a doctor's prescription.


General Information

Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about Valpro.

It does not contain all of the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

All medicines have benefits and risks. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking Valpro against the benefits they expect it will have for you.

If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with your medicine. You may need to read it again.

What Valpro is used for

Valpro is used to control:
different types of epilepsy, a condition where you have repeated seizures (fits).
mania, a mental condition with episodes of excitement, overactivity, uninhibited behaviour or irritability.

Valpro belongs to a group of medicines called anticonvulsants. These medicines are thought to work by controlling brain chemicals which send signals to nerves so that seizures do not happen.

In mania, Valpro has shown to help reduce the symptoms and occurrence of manic episodes.

Valpro may be prescribed alone, or if control of symptoms is poor, in combination with other medicines, to treat your condition.

Your doctor may have prescribed Valpro for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Valpro has been prescribed for you.

Valpro is available only with a doctor's prescription.

There is no evidence that Valpro is addictive.

Before you take Valpro

When you must not take it

Do not take Valpro if you are allergic to medicines containing sodium valproate or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.

Do not take Valpro if you have:
liver problems
urea cycle disorders
a family history of hepatitis, especially when caused by medicines.

Do not take Valpro if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant, without talking to your doctor first. Like most medicines for epilepsy, Valpro is not recommended for use during pregnancy, as it may affect your developing baby. However, it is very important to control your condition while you are pregnant. Your doctor will help you decide whether or not to take Valpro during pregnancy.

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or wish to breastfeed. It is recommended that you do not breastfeed while taking Valpro, as it passes into breast milk and may affect your baby. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of taking Valpro when breastfeeding.

Do not take Valpro if the expiry date (Exp.) printed on the pack has passed.

Do not take Valpro if the packaging shows signs of tampering or the tablets do not look quite right.

Before you start to take it

Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives.

Tell your doctor if you have any medical conditions, especially the following:
systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
kidney problems
liver problems
bleeding tendency or disorder
urea cycle disorders.

Your doctor may want to take special care if you have any of these conditions.

If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start taking Valpro.

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.

Some medicines may be affected by Valpro, or may affect how well it works. These include:
other medicines used to treat fits and convulsions, e.g., carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbitone, clonazepam, ethosuximide, lamotrigine and primidone
anticoagulants, medicines used to prevent blood clots, e.g., warfarin
aspirin and other salicylates
sleeping tablets, sedatives and tranquillisers
medicines for depression, including tricyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, monoamine oxidase inhibitors
medicines used to treat mental conditions such as anxiety, psychosis and schizophrenia
oral contraceptives (birth control pill)
antibiotics such as meropenem and erythromycin
medicines used to treat ulcers such as cimetidine
antimalarials (mefloquine) and antivirals (zidovudine).

Your doctor can tell you what to do if you are taking any of these medicines.

If you are not sure whether you are taking any of these medicines, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking Valpro.

How to take Valpro

How much to take

Your doctor will tell you how many tablets you need to take each day. This depends on your age, your condition and whether or not you are taking any other medicines.

Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully.

How to take Valpro

Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water.

Do not crush or chew the tablets. Valpro tablets have a special coating. If you crush or chew the tablets, they will not work as well.

When to take Valpro

Take Valpro with or immediately after food. This will lessen the chance of a stomach upset.

Take Valpro at about the same time each day. This will have the best effect and also help you remember when to take it.

If you forget to take Valpro

If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.

Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your tablets as you would normally.

Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you missed.

If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

How long to take Valpro for

Most anticonvulsant medicines take time to work. It may take up to 2 to 6 weeks to feel the full benefit of Valpro.

Keep taking Valpro for as long as your doctor recommends.

Valpro helps control your condition but does not cure it. To properly control your condition Valpro must be taken regularly.

If you take too much Valpro (overdose)

Immediately telephone your doctor, or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26), or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much Valpro. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.

If you take too much Valpro, you may feel very drowsy and have shallow breathing. You may also lose consciousness.

While you are taking Valpro

Things you must do

Before starting any new medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are taking Valpro.

Tell all the doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking Valpro.

If you become pregnant while taking Valpro, tell your doctor immediately.

If you plan to have surgery, including dental surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking Valpro.

Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
increase in seizures (fits)
yellowing of the eyes or skin
swelling of the face
severe upper stomach pain, often with nausea and vomiting and/or loss of appetite
feeling generally unwell with tiredness, weakness and vomiting.

These symptoms may mean that you have a serious condition affecting your liver or pancreas. You may need urgent medical attention.

Children under 3 years of age are more at risk of liver reactions, especially those taking more than one epilepsy medicine, who are mentally retarded, brain damaged or have congenital abnormalities.

Visit your doctor regularly so that they can check on your progress. Your doctor may ask you to have tests to check your liver, kidney and blood from time to time. This helps to prevent unwanted side effects.

Tell your doctor if you feel Valpro is not helping your condition. If you continue to have seizures or manic symptoms, or if they become more frequent, your doctor may need to adjust your treatment.

Tell your doctor if, for any reason, you have not taken Valpro exactly as prescribed. Otherwise, your doctor may adjust your treatment unnecessarily.

If you have to have any medical tests, including urine and thyroid function tests, tell your doctor that you are taking Valpro. Valpro may affect the results of some tests.

Keep Valpro tablets in their foil pack until it is time to take them. If you take the tablets out of the pack, they will not keep well.

Things you must not do

Do not use Valpro to treat any other conditions unless your doctor tells you to.

Do not give Valpro to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.

Do not stop using Valpro unless your doctor tells you to.

Do not stop taking Valpro, or change the dose, without checking with your doctor. Do not let yourself run out of Valpro over the weekend or on holidays. Stopping Valpro suddenly may cause unwanted effects or make your condition worse. Your doctor may want you to gradually reduce the amount of Valpro you are taking before stopping completely.

Things to be careful of

Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Valpro affects you. Valpro may cause dizziness or drowsiness in some people. If either of these occur, do not drive, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous.

Children should not ride a bike, climb trees or do anything else that could be dangerous if they are feeling drowsy or dizzy. Valpro may cause drowsiness or dizziness in some people.

Be careful drinking alcohol while taking Valpro. Combining Valpro and alcohol can make you more drowsy or dizzy. Your doctor may suggest you avoid alcohol while you are being treated with Valpro.

Use an effective method of contraception and consult your doctor before planning pregnancy. Unplanned pregnancy may not be desirable in patients taking anticonvulsants. You should use an effective method of contraception.

If you are planning pregnancy, your doctor may want you to start taking folate tablets to help prevent neural tube defects in the baby.

Side effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Valpro. Valpro helps most people with epilepsy and mania, but it may have unwanted side effects in some people.

All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.

If you get any side effects, do not stop taking Valpro without talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
dizziness, drowsiness, confusion
unsteadiness when walking
mood changes such as restlessness, aggression or excitement
diarrhoea, stomach pain or cramps
nausea (feeling sick) or vomiting
changes in appetite or weight
double vision, uncontrollable jerky eye movements
skin rash, itching, hives
hair loss
enlarged breasts or unusual secretion of breast milk
irregular or no menstrual periods.

Tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital if you notice any of the following:
more frequent or more severe seizures (fits)
swelling of the face
yellowing of the eyes or skin (jaundice)
severe stomach pains, often with nausea and vomiting
feeling generally unwell with tiredness, weakness and vomiting
seeing or hearing things that are not there
signs of frequent infections such as fever, chills, swollen glands, sore throat or mouth ulcers
bleeding or bruising more easily than normal
tiredness, headache, shortness of breath, dizziness or looking pale
severe skin rash which may include redness, blistering, bleeding and peeling of the skin
loss of consciousness.

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.

After using Valpro


Keep Valpro where children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.

Keep your tablets in the pack until it is time to take them.

If you take the tablets out of the pack they will not keep well.

Keep your tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C.

Do not store Valpro or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.

Do not leave Valpro in the car or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.


If your doctor tells you to stop taking Valpro, or your tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that are left over.

Product description

What it looks like

Valpro comes in 2 strengths of tablets:
Valpro 200
Valpro 500

They are both round, enteric-coated, purple tablets.

Each pack contains 100 tablets.


The active ingredient in Valpro is sodium valproate. Each Valpro tablet contains 200 mg or 500 mg of sodium valproate.

The tablets also contain:
maize starch
magnesium stearate
sodium starch glycollate
microcrystalline cellulose
colloidal anhydrous silica
purified talc
diethyl phthalate
macrogol 400
Opadry Violet OY-6721 (includes colours titanium dioxide CI 77891, indigo carmine CI 73015, erythrosine CI 45430, sunset yellow FCF CI 15985).

The tablets are gluten free.


Valpro is made in Australia by:

Alphapharm Pty Limited
(ABN 93 002 359 739)
Chase Building 2
Wentworth Park Road
Glebe NSW 2037
Phone: (02) 9298 3999
Medical Information
Phone: 1800 028 365

Australian registration numbers:
Valpro 200 - AUST R 46379
Valpro 500 - AUST R 46380

This leaflet was prepared on
12 November 2002.

Preferred Generic
Our preferred generic for this medication is listed below. A generic prescription medicine works in the same way as the existing medicine. What matters is the active ingredient, which is the same in the generic brands and the existing brand. Please click on it below to view the product(s).
Sodium Valproate Sandoz 200mg Tablets 100
Sodium Valproate Sandoz 200mg Tablets 200 (2 x 100)
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Alternative Product(s)
There is generic brand to choose from in the table below. Generic Brands are less expensive brands that have been proven to have the same effect. Please select the desired brand.* *Some Doctor's will have "no substitution permitted" endorsed on the script. Please check your prescription as generics are not available in this case.
Epilim 200mg Tablet EC 200 (2 x 100)
Sodium Valproate Sandoz 200mg Tablets 100
Sodium Valproate Sandoz 200mg Tablets 200 (2 x 100)
Valpro 200mg Tablets 100