Sodium Valproate resources and information

Supplying valproate safely

Children born to women who take valproate during pregnancy are at significant risk of birth defects and persistent developmental disorders. Males taking valproate are at an increased risk of impaired fertility. As such, it is vital that valproate is dispensed safely. 

Pharmacy professionals have a key role in supplying valproate safely. 

  • Valproate must not be used in any woman or girl able to have children unless there is a pregnancy prevention programme (PPP) in place. 
  • Valproate must always be dispensed in the manufacturer’s original full pack unless there are exceptional circumstance.