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Are there other ways to affect GABA (to reduce anxiety) besides benzos, aeds like depakote, or alcohol?

Are there other ways to affect GABA (to reduce anxiety) besides benzos, aeds like depakote, or alcohol?

Not the only pathway: There are gaba supplements, but these have variable effects and may or may not be helpful for you. Gaba is also not the only pathway to anxiety relief. Please consider working with a psychologist or other mental health professional on your anxiety. Self-initiated practices such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, and breathing exercises are also very helpful. ...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


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Can a person drinking alcohol everyday for 25yrs while on lithium and Depakote cause perm damage? What are the effects of Depakote mixed with alcohol?

Can a person drinking alcohol everyday for 25yrs while on lithium and Depakote cause perm damage? What are the effects of Depakote mixed with alcohol?

2 many variables: 2 many variables to answer specifically, accurately and comprehensively. Generally speaking, drugs (incl. Depakote and alcohol) with potential to have a negative effect on the same particular organ (e.g. Liver), will increase the risk of that negative effect when taken together. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could i drink alcohol at a concert if im taking zyprexa (olanzapine) and Depakote at the same time?

Please tell me, could i drink alcohol at a concert if im taking zyprexa (olanzapine) and Depakote at the same time?

No: If you are being treated for either of the things these are used for - seizure disorders or bipolar disorder (and probably the latter) - alcohol is not your friend. It interferes with the levels of other drugs, reduces their effectiveness, and intoxication with alcohol is followed by increased depression, and even mania. If you are drinking, talk to your doctor about it, and keep "dose" low-one! ...Read more

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Can i drink alcohol while taking depakote. I am taking it to prevent tension headaches. (alcohol does not trigger them). Is this combo safe?

Can i drink alcohol while taking depakote. I am taking it to prevent tension headaches. (alcohol does not trigger them). Is this combo safe?

Not a good idea: Alcohol is not a good mixer with many drugs. In this case it can seriously increase the risk of side effects and definitely can increase the effects of the drug. The warnings are to not drink and they mean it. If you do -and if you have a bad reaction - you'll have no one to blame but yourself. Want to take the risk? I hope you decide not to. Take care of yourself. You deserve it. ...Read more

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What would happen if i drink alcohol while on treatment with lithobid, Depakote and seroquel (quetiapine)?

What would happen if i drink alcohol while on treatment with lithobid, Depakote and seroquel (quetiapine)?

Nothing helpful: As you have probably been told by your physician, drinking alcohol with medications like lithobid, depakote, and seroquel (quetiapine) is not recommended. It will accentuate central nervous system depression, leaving you sedated or worse. Additionally, alcohol may destabilize your sleep and mood further. Maintaining balance is essential for people on such medications. Please abstain from alcohol. ...Read more

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Is Depakote stored in fat?

Is Depakote stored in fat?

No: Depakote is metabolized almost exclusively by the liver via glucuronide conjugation and mitochondrial beta oxidation. It is excreted in the urine. Further information: http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/lookup.cfm?setid=ded64147-7a43-4055-accc-2c011828079d ...Read more

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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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Is Depakote a mood stabalizer?

Is Depakote a mood stabalizer?

Can be...: Depakote is in the class of anticonvulsants medications however in psychiatry it is also considered a mood stabilizer. Uses include the treatment mania, epilepsy, and migraine prophylaxis, . ...Read more

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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