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A 29-year-old female asked:

how would a balanced person feel on depakote ? can the effectiveness of a mood stabilizer confirm/prove that someone has cyclothymia ?

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Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 57 years experience
May have side effect: Possibly drowsiness, edema. A decrease in mood swings & irritability with a mood stabilizer would support the DX but wouldn't by itself be conclusive.

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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
Family Medicine 37 years experience
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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