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Modafinil/depakote mood disorder.Safe lifelong treatment?Does it alter personality/intelligence?Modafinil gives insomnia so sleeping pills.Help peace

Modafinil/depakote mood disorder.Safe lifelong treatment?Does it alter personality/intelligence?Modafinil gives insomnia so sleeping pills.Help peace

Side effect : All medication can have side effect , we take them because we need them . If u have a concern about u medication. , discuss it with u prescriber. ...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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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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I went to a doctor for trouble sleeping and he put me on Depakote er. Did he lie about what it's for?

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

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Is Depakote stored in fat?

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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Is Depakote a mood stabalizer?

Is Depakote a mood stabalizer?

Can be...: Depakote is in the class of anticonvulsants medications however in psychiatry it is also considered a mood stabilizer. Uses include the treatment mania, epilepsy, and migraine prophylaxis, . ...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

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more