Depakene & Depacon
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Q:  Depakene & Depacon


Hey,
This is just a correction to a very very minor typo you had in one of your responses. You mentioned that Sodium Valproate's trade name was Depakene. However, Depakene is Vaproic Acid and Depacon is Sodium Valproate (at least that's how I was tought).
-Andrew


Dear Andrew --
Hmm, looking into this a bit further, as these are not the routine forms of valproate I use, I've reminded myself about a few things. You probably know this. Depacon is indeed sodium valproate, although it's primary clinical distinction is that this is the version that is prepared for use intravenously.

Valproate is the negative ion which dissociates from valproic acid; and I stand corrected there, having never bothered to think just which positive ion would be involved when the molecule was not dissociated, which obviously in the case of "valproic acid" would not be sodium. Thanks for reminding me that there is a science of biochemistry, not to be forgotten.

Dr. Phelps

 
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