You may want to be carefull with depakote ER. First, it really packs the pounds on. You will need to get depakote levels on a regular basis. I decided to go off of it after 3 years, and it took me over a month to wean myself off, then I had almost a month of trembling in my hands. Some doctors will not prescribe it anymore. Personally, I'd try to find something else, but of course its you choice.