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therapeutic valproic acid level

A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
18 years experience Pharmacy
Not necessarily: Though there are blood levels that coincide with good control, whatever dose prevents seizures is appropriate for you.
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Dr. Andrew Reeves
30 years experience Neurology
Not necessarily: Depends upon what type of epilepsy someone has, and also upon how their unique brain chemistry reacts to the medicine.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
35 years experience Child Psychiatry
Several things: Valproic acid, aka-depakote, aka-sodium divalproex is classified as an anticonvulsant or anti-seizure medication. It is used for epilepsy, bipolar dis ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
39 years experience Neurology
In the urine: Valproic acid is metabolized in the liver by a number of enzymes, but is excreted in the urine. Less than 3 % is excreted unchanged as valproic acid.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
35 years experience Child Psychiatry
Timing: A valproic acid trough level, which is what should be measured, needs to be drawn ten to twelve hours after the last dose. Btw-the therapeutic range f ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
Depakote: Valproic acid was the first product followed by valproex sodium (depakote, far less toxic). A drug approved by fda to treat migraine and/or epilepsy, ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Pancner
18 years experience Clinical Psychology
Considerable: Although Depakote and lithium are both prescribed and are effective for the treatment of bipolar d/o, they do differ.Depakote is actually an anticonv ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
39 years experience Psychiatry
Medication effect: This is common question, most psych meds get quickly into your 'system' or blood and brain, but the effects are usually delayed often several weeks. ... Read More
A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
43 years experience Family Medicine
Categorically NO: If the valproate is for seizure control, i would definitely not recommend you take orlistat. Valproate is a prescription and should be given for a de ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
57 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Shouldn't cause a problem but tell your doc you are doing it.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chevlen
47 years experience Medical Oncology
Not important: There is a technical chemical distinction between them, but no important difference for patients.

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