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Depakote 2000 Mg
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
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
Normally accepted half life is 4-16 hours but one recent study reported 40 hour.
This means 1/2 of the total in your system should be gone in up to 40 hours. Another 1/2 of whatever is left will take another 40 hours and so on. So there is no one clear simple answer. Best guess is that it will probably be gone by 10 days but could be sooner. ...Read more
Depends, see below: The half life of valproate is 16 hours. Depending on your drug levels at the time you stopped taking depakote, and assuming you did not start a new medication that interfered with the metabolism of depakote, in three to five days your levels were likely approaching zero. ...Read more
Depakote: Possible. Varies from one person to another. Refer to my answer above for details. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
45 to 80 hours: The half-life of Depakote er is 9-16 hours. This is the time for 1/2 the drug to be excreted from the body. After 5 half-lives more than 95% of the drug has been removed from the body. Note that other drugs or medical conditions such as liver or kidney disease could affect this estimate. ...Read more
For what condition?: Depakote can be used for different illnesses such as seizures, migraines and bipolar disorder.For bipolar disorder there are other mood stabilizers each with their own pros and cons. Some work better in certain areas than others such as for depression, mania, impulsivity and suicidal thoughts. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and why Depakote was chosen for you. See pic for a partial list of al. ...Read more
I'm having a Depakote level done at 9 am tomorrow. When should I take my last dose of Depakote tonight?
I was put on Depakote ER500mg as a mood stablizer I have been on it for just 3 days I feel great is it possiable in 3 days?
Maybe: Usually takes a little bit longer to hit a steady level but I am glad it is working so well. ...Read more
I put on 15lbs on Depakote 250. I barely eat and I exercise but nothing changes. Will I lose the weight if my dosage is cut in half?
Perhaps not: The weight gain with Depakote may well be associated with an idiosyncratic response which is not dose related. Not unusual to gain weight rapidly, and far more difficult to lose it once gained. Since I am unaware of why the drug is being used for you, I cannot comment on alternatives, but young females, who get pregnant run risk of babies having mental retardation or spinal bifida on depakote. ...Read more
I put on 7lbs in 3month on 250 Depakote a day. Will I keep gaining at such a low dosage? What safe medication can I take to lose the weight?
Mood, pain, seizure: Depakte is an anticonvulsant medication so can be used for seizures. However many newer drugs seem better for seizures with fewer side effects. Now departed is mainly used as a mood stabilizer for people with bipolar disorder, or or several types of chronic pain syndromes. ...Read more
No: It does not cause a high and has some pretty serious potential side effects if not carefully monitored. It also does not enhance thinking. Depakote has been studied as a treatment for behavioral problems in dementia and autism (among other disorders) but was not found to have benefits for either disorder. Therefore I cannot see how it could be used as a street drug. ...Read more
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 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