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Free Valproic Acid Blood Test

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Free Valproic Acid Blood Test

The Valproic Acid, Free test measures the level of unbound or free Valproic Acid in a person's blood.  Valproic Acid is primarily used to treat conditions which cause seizures.  Maintaining the right therapeutic level of Valproic Acid is vital for successful treatment.  Dosage which is too low or too high can fail to alleviate or even worsen a person's symptoms.  While a regular Valproic Acid blood test is more common, some people may find it helpful to measure Free Valproic Acid.  Free Valproic Acid is not bound to proteins in the blood and is thus active and available for the body to use.  People with conditions which cause an imbalance between the levels of bound and unbound Valproic Acid may need to test their free levels to accurately determine their proper dosage. 

Valproic Acid testing is typically ordered to monitor blood levels for a person being treated for conditions such as bipolar disorder, chronic migraine headaches and disorders which cause seizures.  Testing is usually done when a person begins treatment as well as whenever they change medication or dosage.  Free Valproic Acid testing may be necessary for people with conditions such as low protein levels or those who take other medications which bind to the same proteins as Valproic Acid.  Results should be interpreted by a person's doctor to help determine the proper dosage.

Turnaround for Valproic Acid Free Test is typically 4-6 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.


People taking Valproic Acid should consult with their doctor to determine the best time to have their blood drawn in relation to when they take their medication.



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