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Can Depakote cause hair loss?

Can Depakote cause hair loss?

Yes: More frequently, people may notice hair thinning, often in the shower. Usually it is cyclical- it often gets better even if you continue the medication. You can also add the vitamin, selenium. ...Read more

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Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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Depakote is causing hair loss. What would be an alternative medicine?

Depakote is causing hair loss.  What would be an alternative medicine?

Not unique effect: Hair loss is one of the cardinal adverse effects of Depakote. Not sure why you are taking it, so until we get that information, unable to guide you to an alternative. ...Read more

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How much and for how long should I take Biotin, Selenium and zink for hair loss/damage due to previously taking Depakote?

How much and for how long should I take Biotin, Selenium and zink for hair loss/damage due to previously taking Depakote?

Nutrition: Depakote and other similar medications can deplete B vitamins and other nutrients. These can be measured in lab tests to determine if supplements are effective. Hair loss can also occur to hormonal imbalance, heavy metal toxicity and thyroid conditions. ...Read more

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Taken off of Depakote for migraines, due to hair loss. Put on amitriptyline 25mg for 3 months now, could this be causing hair loss as well.

Taken off of Depakote for migraines, due to hair loss. Put on amitriptyline 25mg for 3 months now, could this be causing hair loss as well.

Unlikely: there may be another cause of hair loss. ask your dr to do general review: physical, labs (including thyroid) and be sure othier things are okay. ...Read more

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Which has less side effects specially hair loss divalproex 500mg or topiramate 25 mg?

Which has less side effects specially hair loss divalproex 500mg or topiramate  25 mg?

Topiramate: Topiramate has a lower side effect profile. Howerver, divalproex may be more effective depending on the condition being treated. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have hair loss during early 20's? Is ther amy prevention or remedies to it?

Is it normal to have hair loss during early 20's? Is ther amy prevention or remedies to it?

Hair Loss: Hair is a protective adaptation of the body to the elements. Hair loss may be a result of numerous factors which may include, genetics, metabolic or exposure to a toxic environment. Medical treatment includes minoxidil, spirinolactone, propecia, (finasteride) etc... There are surgical options which includes implants. Laser therapy may help. Alternative remedies such as fo-ti may also be of help. ...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


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