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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Divalproex (Overview)

Divalproex, is a seizure medicine, the generic name is valporic acid, it has been in the market as an antiseizure medicine for long time, it is a good medicine, helps to control almost all types of common seizures, partial, generalized, absence, myoclonic, atonic, . Etc. It can be used as a mood stabilizer in psychiatric patients. It has adverse effects on the liver, platelet counts and obesity.


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What is divalproex prescribed for?

What is divalproex prescribed for?

Multiple purposes: Brand name depakote, generic valproate (divalproex) was introduced as an anticonvulsant. It has other uses. One is as a mood stabilizer in bipolar disorder. Another use is as migraine prophylaxis. Yet another use is (off-label) treatment of neuropathic pain. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
249 Doctors shared insights

Divalproex (Overview)

Divalproex, is a seizure medicine, the generic name is valporic acid, it has been in the market as an antiseizure medicine for long time, it is a good medicine, helps to control almost all types of common seizures, partial, generalized, absence, myoclonic, atonic, . Etc. It can be used as a mood stabilizer in psychiatric patients. It has adverse effects on the liver, platelet counts and obesity.


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Please describe the medication: divalproex?

Please describe the medication: divalproex?

VALPORIC ACID: Divalproex, is a seizure medicine, the generic name is valporic acid, it has been in the market as an antiseizure medicine for long time, it is a good medicine, helps to control almost all types of common seizures, partial, generalized, absence, myoclonic, atonic, . Etc. It can be used as a mood stabilizer in psychiatric patients. It has adverse effects on the liver, platelet counts and obesity. ...Read more

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I know Depakote has a side effect of severe weight gain what is the percentage rate of people who have gained weight while taking it?

I know Depakote has a side effect of severe weight gain what is the percentage rate of people who have gained weight while taking it?

Dpk: I use departed a lot but probably less than I should due to weight gain. Most people don't gain weight on it, esp if they eat exactly the same on it than they ate off it. But my crude estimate would be 40% of people do. Sometimes those it is being used in are predisposed to the weight gain with little activity level or attention to food intake. 40% is my opinion, not from trials. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of taking divalproex drugs?

What are the side effects of taking divalproex drugs?

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. ...Read more

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I hav problem of epilepsy since last 10 years, I m using divalproex sodium 500 mg 2 times. First 8 years I had used with 250 in 2 times but I still?

I hav problem of epilepsy since last 10 years, I m using divalproex sodium 500 mg 2 times. First 8 years I had used with 250 in 2 times but I still?

Therapeutic levels: Divalproex dose is correlated with effect, i, e., sz control, and appropriate blood levels. You may have weighed less 10-12 years ago, and now require a higher dose to control your szs.
Not clear whether this dose works well, controls your problem, or causes side effects. Best to get updated with your neurologist. ...Read more

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What is divalproex prescribed for?

Multiple purposes: Brand name depakote, generic valproate (divalproex) was introduced as an anticonvulsant. It has other uses. One is as a mood stabilizer in bipolar disorder. Another use is as migraine prophylaxis. Yet another use is (off-label) treatment of neuropathic pain. ...Read more

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What is divalproex? What is it for?

Divalproex: Is used in the treatment of seizures and mood stabilization in bipolar disorders. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: divalproex?

VALPORIC ACID: Divalproex, is a seizure medicine, the generic name is valporic acid, it has been in the market as an antiseizure medicine for long time, it is a good medicine, helps to control almost all types of common seizures, partial, generalized, absence, myoclonic, atonic, . Etc. It can be used as a mood stabilizer in psychiatric patients. It has adverse effects on the liver, platelet counts and obesity. ...Read more

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I think I had an alergic reaction to divalproex/m 473, help?

Discuss: Discuss with the prescribing physician to learn if your reaction is an expected potential side effect or a possible immune mediated "rejection-type" reaction. If there is still question, consultation with an Allergist can help. Unfortunately, the wide range of possible reactions/side effects makes it impossible to comment without more information. ...Read more

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What are the effects of divalproex sodium?

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. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of taking divalproex drugs?

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. ...Read more

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What are potential side effects of divalproex sod dr 250mg extended release?

What are potential side effects of divalproex sod dr 250mg extended release?

Side effects: Depakote side effects are tremors, increase Weight, leg cramps, ataxia, swelling of face, hair loss, irregular menses in females, rash. ...Read more

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Taking Divalproex sodium DR 250mg. I'm only taking it once a day only at night. Is that okay? Is that bad only taking it once a day instead of two?

Comments: You provide no clue as to why you are taking Divalproex sodium, but once daily in the non-ER form could well be insufficient to control your problem beyond half a day. Suggest Concierge visit to get this ironed out. ...Read more

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How different is divalproex vs Depakote er?

Duration: Depakote er is a branded drug which can be taken once daily. Steady drug levels are maintained, and adverse events may be lower due to lack of peaks in the blood stream. There are now generic forms of immediate release "depakote", but these must be used two or three times daily to achieve a consistent effect. ...Read more

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Can plan be taken if you are already taking divalproex delayed?

Are you referring: To PlanB???????????????????????????????????
Ask question again and be specific about what you mean by "plan" ...Read more

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Hi docs, can you tell me if side effects are noticable on 250mg of divalproex/depakote?

Depends...: It really depends on how your body metabolizes the medication. Most people do not report any side effects on such a low dose of medication. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Divalproex allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Divalproex allergy?

Same as depakote: A depakote allergy can cause very severe skin reactions and should be addressed immediately if suspected. There are several potential side effects of depakote as well, such as tremor, fatigue, weight gain but these symptoms aren't an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Are there any long lasting side effects to an overdose of Divalproex (depakote) or Venlafaxine (effexor)? Provided that death does not occur.

Are there any long lasting side effects to an overdose of Divalproex (depakote) or Venlafaxine (effexor)? Provided that death does not occur.

Should resolve: But what prompts your question? Did YOU overdose?
If so, once all is destabilized, you should have no lasting damage. But discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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On average, do people tend to gain more weight on gabapentin or divalproex sodium?

On average, do people tend to gain more weight on gabapentin or divalproex sodium?

No but see your PCP.: Both medications have been known to cause weight gain, one not more than the other. However, there are other factors that can also make you gain weight, the use of other medications, poor eating habits, lack of exercis. ...Read more

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I'm on clomipramine 75mg od. Now suffering severe convulsions and recurrent thoughts since last one week. Divalproex sodium will be good choice for me?

I'm on clomipramine 75mg od. Now suffering severe convulsions and recurrent thoughts since last one week. Divalproex sodium will be good choice for me?

Call physican: Clomipramine may indeed induce seizures, but usually at a much higher dose. When considering your other medications, however, you are on three potent serotonin modulators, and the interactions amongst the three may be a problem. You may also be at a higher risk for seizures if you have had ECT recently. Please call and consult with your psychiatrist about this in detail. ...Read more

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If benzos are addictive, why isn't divalproex sodium; both affect GABA?

If benzos are addictive, why isn't divalproex sodium; both affect GABA?

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 ...Read more

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Gabapentin 300mg, Xanax (alprazolam) 4mg, divalproex 100mg side effex?

Gabapentin 300mg, Xanax (alprazolam) 4mg, divalproex 100mg side effex?

Many: There are too many side effects to list. The most common will be sedation and/or cognitive slowing, off balance, weight gain. There can also be tremor but the main side effects are a result of sedation and cognitive side effects like memory loss. ...Read more

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What mood stabilizers do not have a drying effect on skin and eyes (i'm stuck with divalproex at the moment)?

Almost all do: Nearly all drugs used to treat depression and psychosis are drying drugs. My approach to dealing with this issue is to stay on the drugs and treat the dryness. You should see an ophthalmolgist for dry eyes and an ENT physician for dry mouth. ...Read more

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On invega (3mg), lithium-300mg and Divalproex - 500mg and recently when having sex been hard to reach my orgasm. Any help? Meds have been reduced too

On invega (3mg), lithium-300mg and Divalproex - 500mg and recently when having sex been hard to reach my orgasm. Any help? Meds have been reduced too

Heh,: Might be the most common causes not the meds:
lack of daily exercise for at least 20 minutes.
depression
forcing the issue with ejaculation more frequently than the body can keep up with. ...Read more

Depakote (Definition)

Depakote is the brand name for a medication known as valproic acid. It is most commonly used to treat seizures, though it can also be used as a mood stabilizer in certain psychiatric disorders. It is used to treat multiple seizure types and can be used alone or with other seizure medications if needed. Common side effects include nausea, dizziness, ...Read more