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20 yrs seizure-free, discontinued depakote. Experienced anxiety. Started neurontin (gabapentin). Now 300 mg tid. Anxiety gone, but st memory probs. & anomia. Temp?

20 yrs seizure-free, discontinued depakote. Experienced anxiety. Started neurontin (gabapentin). Now 300 mg tid. Anxiety gone, but st memory probs. & anomia. Temp?

Unlikely temporary: You are likely experiencing anti-cholinergic side effects from the medication, which is a bit uncommon with gabapentin, but unlikely to improve readily on its own. However, you may well be inordinately sensitive to such reactions, and might be well to check for underlying structural brain issue which results in this effect. ...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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I have bad anxiety and am epileptic and haven't had my ativan (lorazepam) in days will depakote help?

I have bad anxiety and am epileptic and haven't had my ativan (lorazepam) in days will depakote help?

Depakote: depakote can help partial seizures, absence seizures, bipolar acute mania, and migraine headaches. If your anxiety is a form of bipolar mania it might help otherwise you should get your ativan (lorazepam) refilled and take it. ...Read more

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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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What are your options when you continue havin panic/anxiety attacks. While on thorazine (chlorpromazine) and depakote?

What are your options when you continue havin panic/anxiety attacks. While on thorazine (chlorpromazine) and depakote?

Additional treatment: Neither thorazine (chlorpromazine) nor Depakote are known to affect panic attacks. If having such symptoms, it's important to talk with your doctor about them. If not working with a psychiatrist, please consider doing that -- s/he may offer additional, more helpful options for your care. ...Read more

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After 2month on Depakote for cyclothymia i'm starting to have constant anxiety attackand fear of parents death:helpless child.But more myself. Help?

After 2month on Depakote for cyclothymia i'm starting to have constant anxiety attackand fear of  parents death:helpless child.But more myself. Help?

Psychotherapy: First, make sure you've had a thorough health evaluation with your family doctor. If all is well, know that psychotherapy with an experienced therapist may help you both understand and deal with these feelings in yourself. Medications alone usually do not work as well as combined approaches. Please ask your doctor for a therapist referral -- others in your community may know of helpful ones too. ...Read more

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I have high anxiety, and have tried 3 meds, that increased my anxiety now doc wants to give me Depakote for my bi-polar and says it will help anxiety ?

I have high anxiety, and have tried 3 meds, that increased my anxiety now doc wants to give me Depakote for my bi-polar and says it will help anxiety ?

Anxiety: Not sure what medications you been on but i would follow your doctors recommendation since he will monitor your progress. ...Read more

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Seizure-free for 20 yrs; discontinued 1000 mg Depakote over 2 months. No seizures, but new anxiety. Lower gaba? Withdrawal syndrome? How long? Treat?

Medication: If Depakote has helped you for seizures for 20 years, it can also help with mood changes and anxiety.
If something has been working that long without side effects not advisable to stop it. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have increased anxiety and heart palpitations a couple of days before your period? I'm 18 and I get this every time. Taking Depakote

Is it normal to have increased anxiety and heart palpitations a couple of days before your period? I'm 18 and I get this every time. Taking Depakote

Intriguing: late teenage female experiences ongoing anxiety & panic attacks on days of menses; she might study Hypermobitity Syndrome & dysautonomia. At each menses female body releases Relaxin, an hormone causal of cartilage & joint ligament tissue laxities. Mitral valve prolapse, w. floppy cartilaginous valve, is "signature" panic-attack symptom. P.O.T.S. is an extraordinary panic attack w. fainting, etc. ...Read more

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Which is the best medication for really bad anxiety other than benzodiazapines? I am already on risperidone, celexa and depakote. I have also tried Buspar (buspirone) with no relief.

Which is the best medication for really bad anxiety other than benzodiazapines? I am already on risperidone, celexa and depakote. I have also tried Buspar (buspirone) with no relief.

No single best: There is no single best medication- different things work for different people. However, i would advise not relying only on medication. Even bad anxiety can respond to counseling (like cognitive behavioral therapy), meditation, exercise, emotional freedom technique, homeopathy, supplements like magnesium, b complex, l-theanine & 5-htp & herbs like holy basil & ashwagandha. Consult a holistic doc! ...Read more

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After 20+ yrs (simple-partial) seizure free, going off Depakote (250mg, 4x/day), drop. 250 every 2 wks. At 500 mg, feeling anxious.Withdrawal symptom?

Depakote taper: Depakote is used in psychiatry for anxiety and anxious depression. In patients seizure free who I have tapered slowly off depakote, many have experienced the symptoms you are describing, but you should check with the practitioner monitoring your taper. ...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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Can Depakote cause hallucinations?

Not normally: It has been reported in cases in which encephalopathy occurred. ...Read more

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Does Depakote have any street value?

Does Depakote have any street value?

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

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Can you take cholest-off with depakote?

Can you take cholest-off with depakote?

Yes, no problem: Cholest-off is an otc prep that really does reduce cholesterol levels by blocking fat absorption, but will not affect Depakote levels or effects on your condition. If you have any doubt, easy to check your Depakote blood level. ...Read more

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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

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What would a Depakote overdose feel like?

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What would a Depakote overdose feel like?

Depakote: Depending on dose taken, dizziness, upset stomach, tremors, headaches, etc. ...Read more

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What are the tests for Depakote overdose?

What are the tests for Depakote overdose?

Exam & blood test: Sedation plus history suggestive of overdose are usual first signs, confirmed by blood test. Any significant concerns of overdose should be considered an emergency with immediate contact with your doctor or trip to an emergency room. ...Read more

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Side effects of depakote, do they go away?

Side effects of depakote, do they go away?

Sometimes: Some side effects go away, or at least get better, over time, and some do not. It sounds like you really need to discuss the situation in more detail with the person prescribing the depakote. ...Read more

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Does Depakote slow down your metaboliam a lot?

No: Depakote frequently causes sleepiness and appetite increase. The combination of the two often results in weight gain and a feeling of having little energy. This is the medication, not a change in metabolism. ...Read more

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Why would Depakote be prescribed for a patient?

Why would Depakote be prescribed for a patient?

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

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What effects does Depakote have on the human body?

Depakote: Some of the more serious effects include a severe skin reaction, weakness, easy bruising, lethargy, and confusion. Others include hair loss, vision changes, changes in menstruation, and GI upset. ...Read more

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Can I tak depakote 250 and fioricet 300-50-40 together?

Can I tak depakote 250 and fioricet 300-50-40 together?

There is interaction: According to FDA there is drug interaction and it depends on how long you are going to take them together.Discuss with your Doctor or pharmacist before you take them together ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Depakote overdose?

What is the definition or description of: Depakote overdose?

OD=toxic blood level: Manifestations of depakote OD are: Hyperthermia/hypothermia, Tachycardia,
Hypotension (with severe overdose), Cardiac arrest (with severe overdose), Respiratory depression necessitating intubation. Typical dosing of depakote are 500mg 2-3 times per day for seizures and bipolar disorder. However, the blood level is what really matters. The therapeutic l range= 50-125ug/ml; toxic range=>150ug/ml. ...Read more

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Do some of the effects of Depakote on fetus wear off over time?

Avoid in pregnancy!: Depakote should be the last drug to be considered for epilepsy therapy in pregnancy because of its strong embryotoxicity and causal relationship with severe fetal anomalies (ranging from anencephaly and myelomeningocele to valproic acid embryopathy). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: side effects of depakote?

Mostly mild: Dyspepsia and/or weight gain are common. A rare side effect is a liver and blood allergy/dysfunction. Less common are fatigue, peripheral edema, acne, dizziness, drowsiness, hair loss, headaches, nausea, sedation, and tremors. An increase of ammonia levels in the blood, which can lead to vomiting and sluggishness. ...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


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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more