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Depakote (Overview)

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, weight gain and tremors.


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What causes Depakote blood to fluctuate?

What causes Depakote blood to fluctuate?

Depends: Depakote levels can vary based on when your last dose was in relation to your blood being drawn for your test. They vary by person. Other medications can affect the metabolism of Depakote and intern cause the levels to fluctuate. Various medical conditions also can affect the levels. ...Read more

Depakote (Overview)

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, weight gain and tremors.


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Please describe the medication: depakote?

Please describe the medication: depakote?

Seizure medication: 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, weight gain and tremors. ...Read more

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Dad 54 yrs old prescribed seroquel, resperdine for 30 days & Depakote for 40 days after 2 weeks of hospitalization for bipolar manic. Now normal & still have Depakote for 7 days. Wt medication should he take after tat or will he be normal without medicati

Dad 54 yrs old prescribed seroquel, resperdine for 30 days & Depakote for 40 days after 2 weeks of hospitalization for bipolar manic. Now normal & still have Depakote for 7 days. Wt medication should he take after tat or will he be normal without medicati

Contact Physician: Considering the recent episode of hospitalization, it would be important to remain on medication consistently. It will important for your father to contact his prescribing physician to set up an appointment to evaluate the current medications and make plans for continued care. ...Read more

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Anxious, depressed, asocial, moody but antidepts made me even more sluggish.Was prescribed depakote, it makes me more balanced&calm.Do I have cyclothymia?

Anxious, depressed, asocial, moody but antidepts made me even more sluggish.Was prescribed depakote, it makes me more balanced&calm.Do I have cyclothymia?

Possibly, not surely: It is possible that you have cyclothymia, but trying to diagnose by responses to medicines may not be accurate. I'm glad you're feeling better, regardless -- but i hope you'll consult a board-certified psychiatrist if you haven't already. Better to work with someone who can review your personal history, family history, medical history, etc to have more reliable diagnosis. Good luck! ...Read more

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Do people use Depakote for impulsive behavior disorder?

Do people use Depakote for impulsive behavior disorder?

Sometimes: "impulsive behavior disorder" is not an official diagnosis. But Depakote is sometimes used for impulsivity associated with bipolar disorder, intermittent explosive disorder, and other psychiatric disorders. If the impulsivity is part of adhd, Depakote would not be a typical treatment. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss Depakote used for?

Can you please discuss Depakote used for?

Sz and HA's: Depakote is approved for both migraine headaches, and epilepsy. It is considered a broad spectrum anti-epileptic drug. It can prevent both migraine headaches, and a variety of seizures if taken on a regular basis. ...Read more

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Is valproate acid (depakote) effective for treating bipolar mixed depressive states?

Is valproate acid (depakote) effective for treating bipolar mixed depressive states?

Yes. : Bipolar disorders are complex to understand and to treat. Combining proper medication with therapy is ideal ...Read more

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Can a mood stabilizer like Depakote or lithium for bipolar disorder works only for the manic episodes?

Can a mood stabilizer like Depakote or lithium for bipolar disorder works only for the manic episodes?

Yes: In fact, we have far better treatments for mania than we do the depressed side of this illness. We are all hoping that better treatments for bipolar depression will be found. ...Read more

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Does xenical safe with depakote?

Does xenical safe with depakote?

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. ...Read more

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Divalproex (Definition)

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, ...Read more