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can you please discuss depakote used for?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Sz and HA's: Depakote is approved for both migraine headaches, and epilepsy. It is considered a broad spectrum anti-epileptic drug. It can prevent both migraine headaches, and a variety of seizures if taken on a regular basis.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Depakote: Also used for mood stabilization.

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What is divalproex prescribed for?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Three main ones: It's used treating seizures, in bipolar disorder & treating migraine headaches. The second & third one came long after it's development as a seizure medication. The most troubling side effects are weight gain, nausea, hair loss and liver irritation where the medication is detoxified. Liver toxicity is the most serious side effect & is reason to stop. Polycystic ovaries are thought to occur also.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Side effects of depakote, do they go away?

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Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 22 years experience
Sometimes: Some side effects go away, or at least get better, over time, and some do not. It sounds like you really need to discuss the situation in more detail with the person prescribing the depakote.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects of taking divalproex drugs?

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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Depakote side effect: Divalproex is metabolized to valproic acid which can cause stomach upset. Higher doses can be associated with weight gain and tremors. The benefits for patients with bipolar, migraines and seizures are greater than most side effects pts have. I often will use lower doses to keep side effects down and add an additional med such as lithium to boost the benefits.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Why would Depakote be prescribed for a patient?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Mood, pain, seizure: Depakte is an anticonvulsant medication so can be used for seizures. However many newer drugs seem better for seizures with fewer side effects. Now departed is mainly used as a mood stabilizer for people with bipolar disorder, or or several types of chronic pain syndromes.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is in divalproex used for?

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Dr. Paul Gilson
Neurology 41 years experience
Depakote: Depakote(dicalproex) is a broad spectrum anti-convulsant for seizure disorders. Psychiatrists use this rx for stabilization of bipolar disorder as well as episopic dyscontrol syndrome. It is aslo use for migraine prevention.

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