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Doctor insights on: Depakote Delayed Release Vs Extended Release

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Can plan be taken if you are already taking divalproex delayed?

Can plan be taken if you are already taking divalproex delayed?

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Ask question again and be specific about what you mean by "plan" ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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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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So does that mean I can take the pill plan b even if im taking medication for seizures it's called divalproex delayed?

So does that mean I can take the pill plan b even if im taking medication for seizures it's called divalproex delayed?

Not big problem: Would suggest contacting the doctor who treats your seizures, and discuss if any need to adjust your dose, but otherwise, would not be too concerned about drug drug interactions under these circumstances. ...Read more

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Got out of the mental hospital about a year and a half ago, was placed on Depakote, since then I've had ED, is it depakote-related or something else?

Got out of the mental hospital about a year and a half ago, was placed on Depakote, since then I've had ED, is it depakote-related or something else?

Potentially: In one study of 29, 557 people who all had side effects from Depakote, 172 (0.58% or about 1 in 200) reported erectile dysfunction. As with many medications, this side effect could be related to dose - that is, the higher the dose, the more likely to have the side effect or the worse the side effect. It is also so that many people have medication side effects at low doses, even very low doses. ...Read more

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How long take Depakote to be in your sistem?

Varies: On average it can take around 7-10 days for Depakote to reach a therapeutic level in your body. Depending on what you are taking it for, the desired clinical effect may take longer. ...Read more

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Is Depakote a medication whose purpose is to reduce the pain?

Depakote: Is frequently used as a prophylactic agent for migraine, cluster and chronic daily headaches. It is indicated in the management of trigeminal neuralgia for those patients who are refractory to other medications. ...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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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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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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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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Is Depakote a dopamine antagonist?

Is Depakote a dopamine antagonist?

No: According to our current understanding, Depakote work by altering calcium current, sodium channel, and the synthesis and breakdown of gaba, the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. ...Read more

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Is it safe 2 take coq10 w/ depakote?

Yes: Yes. The metabolism of the two compounds are unrelated, so no interference. ...Read more

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Can you take ranitidine with depakote?

Likely interaction: Yes, can be done, and if tried, check periodic depakote blood levels. If latter stays within therapy range, should be no profound issues. Discuss management with your doctor. ...Read more

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How different is divalproex vs Depakote er?

Duration: Depakote er is a branded drug which can be taken once daily. Steady drug levels are maintained, and adverse events may be lower due to lack of peaks in the blood stream. There are now generic forms of immediate release "depakote", but these must be used two or three times daily to achieve a consistent effect. ...Read more

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If you take Depakote can it help constipation?

If you take Depakote can it help constipation?

No: Constipation as actually a side effect reported in 1-5 % of patients on oral depakote. The incidence of diarrhea (0.9%) is only seen with the intravenous use of depakote (valproate sodium), and is not the best option for managing constipation. Try increasing water, friuts veggies in take and gradually introduce fiber in diet. If otc remedies are not helpful then see your doctor for evaluation/care. ...Read more

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What can I do about weight gain because of depakote?

What can I do about weight gain because of depakote?

Lifestylemodificatio: Exercise and diet. If the weight gain is to controlled with that then you need to discuss with your prescriber about what would be the best curse of action like changing meds. ...Read more

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Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) and Depakote together?

Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) and Depakote together?

Xanax (alprazolam) & VPA?: There is no formal interaction between these two meds (depakote & Xanax). It's important to only take those psychiatric medications that are prescribed to you by your doc, and review any questions you have with him/her. Talking with your doc will help you determine the best med & treatment regimen for your particular case. Good luck & stay well! :) ...Read more

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Will my hair regrow, now that I've stopped depakote?

Likely: One of the many adverse effects of Depakote includes hair loss. Most of my patients have regained their hair within a month or two after stopping depakote. If no success, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Depakote and Lamictal?

What is the difference between Depakote and Lamictal?

Anticonvulsivants: Both Lamotrigene and Valproate are anticonvulsant agents. They have similar actions, mostly sodium channel blockers. Some of the differences are: Valproate is metabolized in the liver, its blood level can be measured, it is more effective in manic states but not depression.
Lamictal has to be increased gradually, is effective in depression, and linked to Steven Johnson syndrome, a serious skin dis ...Read more

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Can you take topomax with Depakote for mood disorders?

Yes, but: The two meds have been used together for numerous epileptic patients, and have minimal drug-drug interactions, and Depakote blood levels can guide dosing. Side effect profile is biggest issue. Topamax: memory and speech, kidney stones, narrow angle glaucoma, metabolic acidosis. Depakote: weight gain (maybe mitigated by topamax), hair loss, tremors, ovarian cysts, pancreatitis, osteoporosis, etc. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take Depakote and xenical at the same time?

Is it ok to take Depakote and xenical at the same time?

Okay doke: There aren't any interactions between these two medicines. ...Read more

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How long after stopping depakote can I try to conceive?

Please repost: Please repost and include the answer to your question given to you by the clinician who prescribed your depakote; or, if you have not asked him/her, please state why not. ...Read more

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How long do you have to be off of Depakote to get pregnate?

How long do you have to be off of Depakote to get pregnate?

Depends: The time can vary depending on one's current Depakote level, type of Depakote (such as er) and if there is any liver impairment. To be on the conservative side, I would say 10 days or possibly sooner. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the drug called Depakote for bipolars?

Depakote: Depakote is an antiepileptic drug (AED) used to treat seizure disorders, migraine headaches, and the manic phase of bipolar disorders. It is thought that it works by increasing the concentration of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (gaba) in the brain. Gaba helps nerves communicate with one another. ...Read more

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Why does my head hurt all the time since stop taking depakote?

Why does my head hurt all the time since stop taking depakote?

Headache prevention: Depakote (valproic acid) is one of several medicines that can reduce the intensity and frequency of headaches (including migraines) when taken on a regular basis. Stopping the medicine could cause a re-emergence of prior headaches. ...Read more

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Could Depakote induce hypomania or is my dose not high enough?

Depakote: Idiosyncratic reactions can occur, but no
it doesn't cause hypomania.
Your blood levels may be low. Accordingly it needs adjustment
or you may need an other stabiliser along with depakote. ...Read more

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Can Depakote cause suicidal tendencies in reforming drug addicts?

NO: That is like asking if af bilge pump sunk the titanic.
Ok, now that I have your attention, I applaud''the reforming''.
Ever taken a look beneath the''reforming drug addicts'' part? Why? Because that is where we need to help. ...Read more

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What is the diffrence between Depakote and abilify (aripiprazole)?

Different meds: Depakote is an anti-seizure medication, which is also used to treat sx of mania in bipolar disorder. Abilify (aripiprazole) is an atypical antipsychotic, and can be used together with Depakote to help control sx of mania. It can also be used together with antidepressant to help control sx of depression. Your prescribing doctor and pharmacist also should be able to answer your questions based on your medical hx. ...Read more

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Is it possible to gain weight with invega (paliperidone) and depakote?

Is it possible to gain weight with invega (paliperidone) and depakote?

Yes: Depakote can cause weight gain in some patients. Invega (paliperidone) also has a slight potential for weight gain in patients. ...Read more

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How long does it take to reach the therapeutic blood level for depakote?

Depends: To reach a steady state level you must wait for a least 5 half-lives of the drug (9->16 hours). If the level is subtherapeutic, the dose needs to be increased and the same process repeated. The dose can be increased by 250 mg 2->3 times /day, depending on how often it is taken. Many drugs interact with Depakote affecting its metabolism. You should have informed your doctor of all your medications. ...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