The use of valproic acid in HIV-positive patients

Heath R. Jennings, Frank Romanelli

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OBJECTIVE: To review the use of valproic acid in HIV-positive patients. DATA SOURCES: Clinical literature was accessed through a MEDLINE search (January 1966-November 1998). Key search terms included HIV, AIDS, seizures, valproic acid, and glutathione. DATA SYNTHESIS: Patients with HIV often develop neurologic manifestations; therefore, valproic acid may be considered in the management of this population. It has been demonstrated that valproate may increase viral burden by potentiating replication. An evaluation of studies addressing the use of valproic acid in HIV-positive patients was conducted. CONCLUSIONS: The potential for valproate-induced increases in viral replication exists. Although further studies are warranted, clinicians should exercise caution when using valproate in HIV-positive patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1113-1116
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Pharmacotherapy
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1999


  • AIDS
  • HIV
  • Valproic acid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)


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