Valproate: A simple chemical with so much to offer

G. M. Peterson, M. Naunton

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The debate exists amongst clinical pharmacologists as to unlimited supplies of which drug would be most useful when stranded on a deserted island. The tricyclic antidepressants have always rated highly because of their variety of useful therapeutic effects, but valproate also deserves to be high on the list. Of course, it will protect against seizures, if they arise, but it could also be useful for analgesia, preventing migraine and stabilizing the mood particularly if one becomes mentally unbalanced on the island. It might even help to prevent the development of cancer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-421
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes


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