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I'm taking Depakote ER for bipolar and have had horrible insomnia, palpitations and tremors. Is this side effect or something else?

I'm taking Depakote ER for bipolar and have had horrible insomnia, palpitations and tremors. Is this side effect or something else?

Yes: Yes, those has been among possible side effects of Depakote er. Discuss it with the person who prescribed it to see if they want to change to other mood stabilizer unless you are getting to tolerate it. ...Read more

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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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How different is divalproex vs Depakote er?

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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Taking Depakote ER for migraines and would like to stop. Is this safe?

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

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I'm afraid i might've had a stroke from Depakote er. Made me worry, would i ever be normal again?

I'm afraid i might've had a stroke from Depakote er. Made me worry, would i ever be normal again?

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

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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

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Are there any vitamins or minerals that I should avoid while taking Depakote ER?

Depakote ER: Just eat good balanced diet, consult your doctor for supplements that you want to add, depakote ER may interact with several medications, even supplements. Take care ...Read more

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Could Depakote ER 1000 be split and does it cause muscle fatique?

Depakote: In general, not advise splitting slow-release or extended-release medications. The er is extended-release. ...Read more

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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

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

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