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A 45-year-old member asked:

How long take depakote to be in your sistem?

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Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Varies: On average it can take around 7-10 days for Depakote to reach a therapeutic level in your body. Depending on what you are taking it for, the desired clinical effect may take longer.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for Depakote to be effective?

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Dr. Thea Cross
24 years experience
About 10 days: A steady state level with any change in dosing is obtained after about 10 days, but in terms of how long before you see a desired clinical effect it depends on what you are using it for (migraine, epilepsy, mood stabilization).
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A 44-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for Depakote to start working?

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Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 23 years experience
1-2 weeks: On average, for the treatment of psychiatric disorders, it takes 7-14 days after achieving a therapeutic blood level. I will defer to my neurology colleagues for commenting on how long it takes to start working for seizures and/or migraines.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

How long can it take for Depakote to leave your system?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Usually very brief: If you are taking the er form, would be gone within 5-7 days, but the common ir form, blood levels start dropping after 8-12 hrs, and likely no effect within 2 or 3 days.
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Last updated Jun 25, 2014

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