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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
Ocd, am taking 300 mg luvox and still going back to house to check locks after leave, also on abilify, (aripiprazole) remeron and depekote for bipolar i, what next?
Psychotherapy: What's "next" might be to add psychotherapy to your current treatment -- specifically cognitive behavioral therapy, with exposure and response prevention (erp). This can be really helpful, and increases likelihood of good results for ocd treatment. Speak with your psychiatrist about such referrals. More info here: http://www. Ocfoundation. Org/cbt. Aspx. ...Read more
Yes: Depakote should not be taken with food, as food decreases the absorption of the depakote. Xenical should be taken with a meal. There is a strong possibility that xenical will decrease the absorption of Depakote if taken together. Both medications are metabolized in the liver, therefore, close monitoring of liver function is essential. ...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
No: Constipation as actually a side effect reported in 1-5 % of patients on oral depakote. The incidence of diarrhea (0.9%) is only seen with the intravenous use of depakote (valproate sodium), and is not the best option for managing constipation. Try increasing water, friuts veggies in take and gradually introduce fiber in diet. If otc remedies are not helpful then see your doctor for evaluation/care. ...Read more
Xanax (alprazolam) & VPA?: There is no formal interaction between these two meds (depakote & Xanax). It's important to only take those psychiatric medications that are prescribed to you by your doc, and review any questions you have with him/her. Talking with your doc will help you determine the best med & treatment regimen for your particular case. Good luck & stay well! :) ...Read more
Both Lamotrigene and Valproate are anticonvulsant agents. They have similar actions, mostly sodium channel blockers. Some of the differences are: Valproate is metabolized in the liver, its blood level can be measured, it is more effective in manic states but not depression.
Lamictal has to be increased gradually, is effective in depression, and linked to Steven Johnson syndrome, a serious skin dis ...Read more
Yes, but: The two meds have been used together for numerous epileptic patients, and have minimal drug-drug interactions, and Depakote blood levels can guide dosing. Side effect profile is biggest issue. Topamax: memory and speech, kidney stones, narrow angle glaucoma, metabolic acidosis. Depakote: weight gain (maybe mitigated by topamax), hair loss, tremors, ovarian cysts, pancreatitis, osteoporosis, etc. ...Read more
Okay doke: There aren't any interactions between these two medicines. ...Read more
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
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
Different meds: Depakote is an anti-seizure medication, which is also used to treat sx of mania in bipolar disorder. Abilify (aripiprazole) is an atypical antipsychotic, and can be used together with Depakote to help control sx of mania. It can also be used together with antidepressant to help control sx of depression. Your prescribing doctor and pharmacist also should be able to answer your questions based on your medical hx. ...Read more
Depends: To reach a steady state level you must wait for a least 5 half-lives of the drug (9->16 hours). If the level is subtherapeutic, the dose needs to be increased and the same process repeated. The dose can be increased by 250 mg 2->3 times /day, depending on how often it is taken. Many drugs interact with Depakote affecting its metabolism. You should have informed your doctor of all your medications. ...Read more
Depends...: It really depends on how your body metabolizes the medication. Most people do not report any side effects on such a low dose of medication. ...Read more
Safe medication: You may take acetaminophen but not more than 4000 mg a day which would be 650 mg every 4 hours (that would make 3900 mg/day) or 1000 mg every 6 hours. Ibuprofen, naproxen and the like interact with Depakote by increasing the changes of bleeding (decreasing platelet count). Some people still take those together but under close supervision by their doctor. ...Read more
I have had constant fear of death for a week. I am only on Depakote and my dosage has not changed. What to do?
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