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Depakote Er Medication
Can medical marijuana replace depakote er and antipsychotic medication? I have JME and looking into natural alternative or holistic medicine.
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
I am bipolar disorder. I am on medications Depakote ER and olanzapine.
How do you analyze that you are at the correct dosage level of Depakote er.
I am on depakote ER 500mg two tabs at night. I just got back from a Florida treatment center and I do not have any more of this medication. Need more?
Depakote refill: Contacting your prescribing MD should take care of that. ...Read more
I was prescribed Depakote ER for my epilepsy! How do I know this medication isn't for me and I should stop taking?
Please sit down &: talk to your prescribing medical provider about your concerns. Are you having any severe side effects? Have you read something about it on the internet that scares you? Is the medication not effective at therapeutic dose? Best to discuss with your MD. ...Read more
Can depakote ER replace drugs like invega and lithium? And can depakote be Prescribed by a psychiatrist?
RELACEMENT : Does NOT APPLY (in my opinion) to PSYCHOACTIVE drugs! Each medication is SPECIFIC and even in the SAME CLASS of drugs there are MAJOR differences.....your MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL (PRESCRIBING M.D must DECIDE) ...Read more
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
Must be careful: Yes, it is safe- but keep in mind: This is normally done slowly. Depending on what dose you use, the amount you take is gradually reduced over weeks, to prevent the risk of a withdrawal effect, such as nausea or a seizure. For example, if you use 500 mg twice a day, a typical reduction would be to 250 mg twice a day for one week, then 250 mg once a day for one week, then stop. ...Read more
Get this checked: First, Depakote has loads of potential side effects, but, so far stroke is not one of them. Second, if you fear you had a stroke, see your doctor asap or head to hospital er if this is very recent. You are best advised to get help and find answers to your current problems. ...Read more
What happens if someone were to take 100,000 mg of Depakote er, 14 mg of lorazepam, 7 mg of reperidone,?
If you are having: thoughts about killing yourself, get seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the National suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255) for support. ...Read more
Just stopped taking Depakote ER 2 a day. I have multivitamins I want 2 take. Should I wait until the Depakote is completely out of my system?How long?
You can take: the multiple vitamins now if desired.Get a more detailed answer ›
When is the best time to take valproate blood test to be most accurate level? I take 750mg twice a day (at 12h intervals) Depakote ER. Thanks
Trough level: Depakote ER is usually taken once a day because it is an extended-release formulation. Timing of the blood draw does matter. Speak to your prescribing physician regarding your dosing and blood work. Here is a relevant article with more specific information: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16778728 ...Read more
My doc told me today that it was okay to stop taking Depakote ER for migraines without a cut back plan. Taking it for a month. 1000 MG a day. Safe?
It may be, but: If you do notice any unpleasant effects you still want him to be responsible toward you. That's a reasonably brief use, but step-down is still done by many doctors. Ask for a 'security blanket' Rx for a step-down if you feel the need. You need not use it if you feel fine. Win-Win! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I went to a doctor for trouble sleeping and he put me on Depakote er. Did he lie about what it's for?
Misunderstanding?: Doctors rarely lie. But it does sound like you need to see another doctor. If you don't trust a doctor - even a good one - it's not as helpful. Make sure you understand each other - bring someone along to help if needed. It is not a usual rx for insomnia - it can even cause it. Understanding = help. Achieve it and you're partway there! ...Read more
I'm bulimic and have been purging and taking laxatives. I haven't had my depakote er 750 mg for two days. Should it all be out of my system now?
Bulimia: I feel your distress. Purging and taking laxatives can affect your gastro-intestinal system. Depakote is for seizure disorders, manic episodes and for prevention of Migraine Its side effects can be— abdominal pain, Hyponatremia, loss/increased appetite, weight loss/gain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation Your Health is Precious! Go to ER for Diagnosis, Consultations and Treatment. ...Read more
I take Depakote ER 1000 mg/day,can i take occasional aspirin (500mg) for headaches? I read that small single doses ar unlikely to cause interaction
No: Depakote (valproic acid) is a pregnancy category d, which means that the medication has been show to be associated with fetal abnormalities. Depakote has been shown to increase the risk if spina bifida (spinal defects), and other abnormalities. Not recommended with breastfeeding. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can i take ocassional acetaminophen 500-1000 mg if i've hepC, but liver tests are normal and i also take depakote ER 1000 mg/d. ?
Most likely: although you should clear it with your liver doctor, occasional use of acetaminophen does not cause harm to the liver. If used on a regular basis, however, it can be harmful. Have you seen your doctor yet concerning treating your hepatitis C? Current treatments are much easier and practically free of side effects, and are much more effective. Check with your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
Is depakote er safe? I'm taking 500mg at bedtime. Is that considered a low dose for someone who is 143lbs? Taking it for Bipolar 1 Disorder.
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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