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What class of drug is depakote or depekene?

What class of drug is depakote or depekene?

Valproic acid: Depakote is the better tolerated form of depakene (valproic acid).
Here in the USA, drug is used for epilepsy and migraine control. ...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 you tell me about the drug called Depakote for bipolars?

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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Can Depakote cause suicidal tendencies in reforming drug addicts?

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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How long should one stay on 20mg of Zyprexa and 500mg of Depakote for drug induced psychosis? Can the Zyprexa be stopped suddenly?

Prescriber decision: The doctor following your case who prescribed you the medicines is the best to judge, and any you don't want to stop an antipsychotic suddenly, kindly refer to your doctor or psychiatrist, best wishes ...Read more

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Seizures caused from depleation of good sodium in my body. Caused from over medication of drug soma. Went into hospital, they brought sodium levels up through i.V's. Taking Depakote 500 mg. 1x per day to avoid seizures. Suggest support groups, effects on

It: It is probably true than anyone can have a seizure under the right conditions. These conditions include poisoning by prescription or recreational drugs, withdrawal from prescription or recreational drugs (including alcohol), brain injuries, general illnesses, and abnormal levels of blood salts (electrolytes -- including sodium). When people have seizures with provocation, they are not considered to have epilepsy, and usually don't require long term seizure medication.

People who have a tendency to have repeated seizures with little or no provocation have epilepsy. The diagnosis is made by history, and supported by results from tests like brain-wave recordings (eegs) and brain imaging (usually mri). Epilepsy usually does require long-term use of seizure medications like depakote, or other interventions like epilepsy surgery.

Taking Depakote for a provoked seizure is an unusual clinical approach. Depakote can be given for other reasons. Since Depakote use can be accompanied by serious short term and long term side effects, it is important to see a doctor to develop a better understanding for its use in specific cases. ...Read more

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Could my drug regimen of depakote, omeprazole, percocet, calcium, and vitamin d be causing constipation?

Could my drug regimen of depakote, omeprazole, percocet, calcium, and vitamin d be causing constipation?

Yes: Constipation is a known side effect of both Percocet and omeprazole.
If you must have these medicines, increase both your water and fiber intake, and consider adding probiotics to your diet to offset the effects. ...Read more

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I would like opinions on drugs to decrease my Porn addiction: Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, Lithium, Naltrexone, Depakote, medroxyprogesterone.?

I would like opinions on drugs to decrease my Porn addiction: Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, Lithium, Naltrexone, Depakote, medroxyprogesterone.?

Porn addiction: I commend you for your desire to decrease Porn addiction.
These medications are not used to treat Porn addiction.
Let Wise Man within you ask:
•How long is this Addiction?
•Effect on marriage, relationships, work and finances?
Alcohol, drugs or gambling Addictions?
•How deep is your desire to decrease it and reasons for it?
•Need to have Intensive Therapy to overcome Addiction and stress. ...Read more

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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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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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How long does Depakote stay in the system?

How long does Depakote stay in the system?

It varies: 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

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Why does Depakote cause you to gain weight?

Depakote & Wt.: Depakote increases food cravings, hunger & binge eating, suggesting that energy intake might increase. ...Read more

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How long does Depakote stay in your system?

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

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Can 250 mg of Depakote make you gain weight?

This is a a v low: Although this is a very low dose and usually it will not work for u condition, since Depakote has to have certain blood level, still can cause some eright gsin. ...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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How long does it take for Depakote to be effective?

How long does it take for Depakote to be effective?

About 10 days: A steady state level with any change in dosing is obtained after about 10 days, but in terms of how long before you see a desired clinical effect it depends on what you are using it for (migraine, epilepsy, mood stabilization). ...Read more

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How long does it take for Depakote to start working?

How long does it take for Depakote to start working?

1-2 weeks: On average, for the treatment of psychiatric disorders, it takes 7-14 days after achieving a therapeutic blood level. I will defer to my neurology colleagues for commenting on how long it takes to start working for seizures and/or migraines. ...Read more

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Can even a small dose of Depakote cause weught gain?

Depakote: Possible. Varies from one person to another. Refer to my answer above for details. ...Read more

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How long can it take for Depakote to leave your system?

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

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What are the chances of dying from overdose of depakote?

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What are the chances of dying from overdose of depakote?

Depakote OD: Can cause injury to liver and nervous system and blood, depending on dose and length of time. If taking Depakote regularly, blood levels checks are vital. ...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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How long does Depakote remain in the body after it is stopped?

Varies: 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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How long does it take for Depakote dr 500 mg to leave your body?

How long does it take for Depakote dr 500 mg to leave your body?

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

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Help please? I want to know what are some alternatives to depakote?

Help please? I want to know what are some alternatives to depakote?

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

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I'm having a Depakote level done at 9 am tomorrow. When should I take my last dose of Depakote tonight?

Depakote levels: Serum valproate levels may be obtained after 3 days of constant dosing, and levels should be drawn 12 hours post - dose, except for the extended - release formulation (depakote® er). Ideally, depakote® er levels should be drawn 18 hours post - dose.
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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?

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

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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?

Depakote?: Can cause weight gain, but this depends on what u eat, how much u eat and how much u exercise. In addition I agree that 250 mg unlikely to be helpful. ...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