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Belchertown, MA
A 65-year-old male asked:

if benzos are addictive, why isn't divalproex sodium; both affect gaba?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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They act differently: and the primary effect of valproate is NOT on GABA receptors but on sodium channels, and it's GABA effects are different from benzos in terms of GABA subreceptors. NO drug is addictive. People have underlying predispositions, inherited or acquired, and drugs that can produce physical dependency can trigger addiction in those patients. Depakote and other seizure meds have little/no abuse potential

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A 35-year-old female asked:

Typically how long does it take Depakote to reach full effectiveness in a new patient with non- epileptic seizures. How can you tell that the meds have reached the right level?

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Dr. Vance Harris
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75 hours average: The half-life of Depakote is about 15 hours that means after five half-lives have passed the drug has usually reached a steady state.Right around 75 hours the drug level should be stable. We can check the level of Depakote to know if the patient is in the therapeutic range. This drug is metabolized primarily by the liver so your doctor may want to check several levels to ensure it doesnt rise.
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Natural bath in magnesium salt safe during pregnancy?

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Dr. James Ferguson
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I don't see a problm: I can't see any evidence that this material would leach into your body & bother baby. I wouldn't drink any unless you want to get the runs.

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