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what are the effects of divalproex sodium?

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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurosurgery 54 years experience
Many: Commonest: weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, loss of balance, fatigue, mental slowing, interaction with multiple drugs. Depending on the indication for which this drug is prescribed, there be several good alternatives with lesser side-effects. Remember, no drug is side-effect free.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the main difference between heparin sodium and heparin calcium?

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Dr. Kevin Daus
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Rout Given: The sodium salt is given IV and the calcium salt is given sub q but the active drug Heparin is the same and functions as a blood thinner.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

Is it true that gargling with salt water helps with tonsil stones?

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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Tonsil "stones" are concretions of microscopic food particles, sloughing mucosa cells from the lining of the oral cavity, and bacteria (usually in the form of "biofilm"). Anything that causes them to be dislodged will help keep those pits in the tonsil clear. I have even known some patients who use a "water pik" to keep their tonsils clear of stones.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Does salt intake have an effect on weight management?

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Dr. David Hargroder
Bariatrics 36 years experience
Yes and no: Common table salt is actually the chemical compound sodium chloride. Excess sodium in your diet can lead to fluid retention which will increase weight and can lead to elevated blood pressure in some individuals. This is usually a transient event and shoud not be confused with the weight gain that results from consuming excessive calories. After bariatric surgery extra salt is actually beneficial.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Does xenical safe with depakote?

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Dr. Adam Nally
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Yes: Depakote should not be taken with food, as food decreases the absorption of the depakote. Xenical should be taken with a meal. There is a strong possibility that xenical will decrease the absorption of Depakote if taken together. Both medications are metabolized in the liver, therefore, close monitoring of liver function is essential.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Does sodium intake affect copd?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
No: Unless you are taking steroids, it might exacerbate water retention.

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