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Dr. Walter Husar
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Depakene (Overview)

Depakene is an anti-migrane agent which is a kind of brain and nerve drug.


Dr. Walter Husar
40 doctors shared insights

Depakene (Overview)

Depakene is an anti-migrane agent which is a kind of brain and nerve drug.


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What is the definition or description of: valproic acid?

What is the definition or description of: valproic acid?

Depakote: Valproic acid was the first product followed by valproex sodium (depakote, far less toxic). A drug approved by fda to treat migraine and/or epilepsy, and often used in psychiatry in addition. Very potent and valuable agent in view of broad spectrum benefits, but side effects and pregnancy risks very real. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take depakene while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Depakote: Depakene or other forms of Depakote should be taken only if benefits outweighs risks to you and fetus. Normally, i would not recommend it. I would see a neurologist; do not stop it abruptly. ...Read more

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While on valproic acid (depakene), is it safer to use acetaminophen (tylenol) or ibuprofen (motrin)?

While on  valproic acid (depakene), is it safer to use acetaminophen (tylenol) or ibuprofen (motrin)?

Check With Your MD: One should always check with their physician if they have specific questions regarding their medical care. In general, both Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen are safe to take with valproic acid. Taking more than 4000mg of Acetaminophen is not recommended due to liver toxicity. Patients taking valproic acid should have their liver function evaluated regularly by a simple blood test. ...Read more

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I am taking valproic acid and lamnet for seizures since last 3 yrs. Is there any long term side effect? Which meds should I avoid taking with these?

I am taking valproic acid and lamnet for seizures since last 3 yrs. Is there any long term side effect? Which meds should I avoid taking with these?

Probably not: Check with your neurologist and check what other meds you are taking. Stay healthy. I'm proud of you for being so careful. ...Read more

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Valproic acid at low doses causing greater mental adverse side effects, and greater physical side effects at higher dosages?

Valproic acid at low doses causing greater mental adverse side effects, and greater physical side effects at higher dosages?

Dose related: Both mental and physical side effects with valproic acid are usually dose related (higher the higher the dose). However, you might notice that the effectiveness (reduction in mental symptoms) is also dose related. What you are thinking of as adverse mental side effects might be untreated psychiatric symptoms. Part of what makes psychiatry interesting! :-). ...Read more

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Can i breastfeed my adopted infant while on depakene?

Can i breastfeed my adopted infant while on depakene?

Yes: Depakote passes through breast milk in humans. Although the full risks of taking Depakote during breastfeeding are unknown, most documented cases suggest there is little risk to breastfed infants. Many pediatricians consider Depakote to be safe during breastfeeding. Still, if your doctor recommends taking Depakote while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects. ...Read more

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Taking depakene could this make me miss my period?

Depakote & period: Not likely, but please consult your Ob/Gyn. if Pregnancy test positive. ...Read more

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Valproic Acid (Definition)

Valproic acid was the first product followed by valproex sodium (depakote, far less toxic). A drug approved by fda to treat migraine and/or epilepsy, and often used in psychiatry in addition. Very potent and valuable agent in view of broad spectrum benefits, but side effects and ...Read more