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Can Depakote sprinkles cause colored spots in vision constantly? Have been taking Depakote 15 years but only been seeing spots for 1 year.

Can Depakote sprinkles cause colored spots in vision constantly? Have been taking Depakote 15 years but only been seeing spots for 1 year.

Floaters: Any time you have new spots, or floaters, in your vision you need to have retinal evaluation by an Ophthalmologist. They could indicate a retinal tear or detachment. There are other harmless causes, but please seek evaluation ASAP. If its been a year your risk is low, but you still need an exam. ...Read more

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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 have epilepsy and I take depakote sprinkles 125 milligrams twice a day and I would like to know can I drink yogi blueberry slim life green tea. ?

Yogi blueberry: If you have not been taking yogi blueberry slim life green tea you could try it for a short time. If that works go ahead and enjoy your drink.
If you have symptoms please let your doctor know.
If you have been drinking this without trouble, feel free to enjoy it. ...Read more

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Can you suddenly stop taking Depakote after two weeks at 750mg? Medication was prescribed as a mood stabilizer.

Can you suddenly stop taking Depakote after two weeks at 750mg? Medication was prescribed as a mood stabilizer.

No: Everyone's body chemistry and drug tolerance/sensitivity is different. Whenever possible is best to titrate off psych meds, meaning take one every other day for a week and then one every three days the following in your case. Additionally always let your physician know what you're doing so s/he can better assist you when you go back for your next apt. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: depakote?

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 medication whose purpose is to reduce the pain ?

Depakote: is frequently used as a prophylactic agent for migraine, cluster and chronic daily headaches. It is indicated in the management of trigeminal neuralgia for those patients who are refractory to other medications. ...Read more

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I put on 7lbs in 3month on 250 Depakote a day .Will i keep gaining at such a low dosage?What safe medication can I take to lose the weight?

Depakote ?: Can cause weight gain, but this depends on what u eat , how much u eat and how much u exercise..In addition i agree that 250 mg unlikely to be helpful. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter pain medication is safe to take after a D&C while taking Depakote?

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

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They tried me the medication Depakote a year ago I still haven't been right still hsve some racing thOughts could it cause it I took it only a month?

Depakote->racing tht: It soundly like you've been diagnosed with anxiety and take Clonazepam and propranolol. It sounds like these should cover your anxiety. Given that you were only on it one 1 month, it does not seem it was likely the cause of your current racing thoughts. I'd schedule a follow up with your doc ASAP to determine what IS causing your racing thoughts and get these treated :) ...Read more

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How can the epilepsy medication Depakote affect unborn children?

How can  the epilepsy medication Depakote affect unborn children?

Birth defects: Depakote blocks Folic Acid and leads to developmental defects as the developing fetus' cells try to form nerve and skeletal organs. Spina bifida and facial deformities, intellectual difficulties are among the problems seen. If possible, women of childbearing age should avoid this medication. Certainly all on it should take a Folic Acid supplement. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the epilepsy medication Depakote affect unborn children?

Can you tell me how the epilepsy medication Depakote affect unborn children?

Good Research: There is good research on the risks of various seizure medications during pregnancy. A full discussion is beyond the scope of Health Tap. Risks are highest earlier in pregnancy. Discuss with your neurologist! ...Read more

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Could Depakote (bipolar medication) increase the potency of vyvance?

Drug drug interactio: There are no known drug drug interactions between Depakote and vyvance. ...Read more

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Is Depakote or Topamax (topiramate) generally regarded as the stronger Migraine medication?

No difference: There is no such thing as " stronger ", "best" or "worst" medication, only those that work and don't work, based on the patient's individual circumstances and genetics. ...Read more

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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

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What weight loss medication can you safely take with Depakote if it caused weight gain?

None: There are no proven safe weight loss medications out there.Good diet and exercise are the answeer, as always. ...Read more

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Depakote in the past was the only medication that worked for my depression. I had to stop from extreme rapid weight gain. Why did it work so well?

I hope this is good: News. Some believe benefits obtained from placebo effects are being fooled - a sign of weakness. My research tried to show that it is a very big part of all effective treatment - it's possible that your positive response was due to surrounding things. Perhaps your doctor was caring, intelligent and made you feel hopeful. That works! mostly that drug fights mania. Who knows why it worked for you? ...Read more

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I have a question about my period being 4 days later than the 28 days. I have skipped my medications (depakote and abilify) two nights, and have been?

I have a question about my period being 4 days later than the 28 days. I have skipped my medications (depakote and abilify) two nights, and have been?

Skipping meds: Skipping your meds for 2 nights in a row should not affect your menstrual period. But if continued, this practice could set you up for more difficulties than missed periods. Please discuss with your physician(s) so that you are covered appropriately for all conditions. If concerned about side effects you can discuss these with them. ...Read more

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My husband has epilepsy and is on topamax, (topiramate) depakote, and felbatol. Isnt that too many medications?

Epilepsy treatment: If that is the medication regimen that works to keep his seizures under control then it is appropriate. If you still have questions i would recommend you get a second opinion from another neurologist. ...Read more

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Aside from antidepressants, what medication can be given alongside Depakote to treat bipolar?

Mood stabilizers ant: Other mood stabilizers like lithium tegretol lamectil and anti psychotics like Abilify (aripiprazole) zyprexa seroquel etc sometimes anxiolytics like xanax Ativan Klonopin r also prescribed. ...Read more

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I have bipolar disorder i take medications zyprexa, (olanzapine) lamictal and Depakote 500 e.R and i smoked hash weed with medications sometimes i need an advice?

I have bipolar disorder i take medications zyprexa, (olanzapine) lamictal and Depakote 500 e.R and i smoked hash weed with medications sometimes i need an advice?

Bipolar Treatment: The research clearly shows that people suffering from bipolar disorder have the best outcomes with a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Psychotherapy should occur for an hour at least 1 or 2 times a month and sometimes more often during the course of treatment. Such treatment by good doctors can result in excellent outcomes. Smoking weed or hash is not associated with good outcomes. ...Read more

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Seizures caused from depleation of good sodium in my body. Caused from over medication of drug soma. Went into hospital, they brought sodium levels up through i.V's. Taking Depakote 500 mg. 1x per day to avoid seizures. Suggest support groups, effects on

It : It is probably true than anyone can have a seizure under the right conditions. These conditions include poisoning by prescription or recreational drugs, withdrawal from prescription or recreational drugs (including alcohol), brain injuries, general illnesses, and abnormal levels of blood salts (electrolytes -- including sodium). When people have seizures with provocation, they are not considered to have epilepsy, and usually don't require long term seizure medication.

People who have a tendency to have repeated seizures with little or no provocation have epilepsy. The diagnosis is made by history, and supported by results from tests like brain-wave recordings (eegs) and brain imaging (usually mri). Epilepsy usually does require long-term use of seizure medications like depakote, or other interventions like epilepsy surgery.

Taking Depakote for a provoked seizure is an unusual clinical approach. Depakote can be given for other reasons. Since Depakote use can be accompanied by serious short term and long term side effects, it is important to see a doctor to develop a better understanding for its use in specific cases. ...Read more

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How does Depakote cause Tardive Dyskinesia or prolonged QT? Also how rare is pancreatitis and liver failure while taking said medication?

TD/LQT & Depakote?: TD is commonly caused with use of some antipsychotics & metoclopramide. Liver toxicity and pancreatitis may occur with Depakote, risk factors for liver toxicity include young age, severe seizures, mitochondrial disorders usually early on in therapy. Close monitoring at the onset of therapy with early detection of symptoms of liver and pancreatic disease will improve the safe use of Depakote. ...Read more

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Which is the best medication for really bad anxiety other than benzodiazapines? I am already on risperidone, celexa and depakote. I have also tried Buspar (buspirone) with no relief.

Which is the best medication for really bad anxiety other than benzodiazapines? I am already on risperidone, celexa and depakote. I have also tried Buspar (buspirone) with no relief.

No single best: There is no single best medication- different things work for different people. However, i would advise not relying only on medication. Even bad anxiety can respond to counseling (like cognitive behavioral therapy), meditation, exercise, emotional freedom technique, homeopathy, supplements like magnesium, b complex, l-theanine & 5-htp & herbs like holy basil & ashwagandha. Consult a holistic doc! ...Read more

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Dad 54 yrs old prescribed seroquel, resperdine for 30 days & Depakote for 40 days after 2 weeks of hospitalization for bipolar manic. Now normal & still have Depakote for 7 days. Wt medication should he take after tat or will he be normal without medicati

Dad 54 yrs old prescribed seroquel, resperdine for 30 days & Depakote for 40 days after 2 weeks of hospitalization for bipolar manic. Now normal & still have Depakote for 7 days. Wt medication should he take after tat or will he be normal without medicati

Contact Physician: Considering the recent episode of hospitalization, it would be important to remain on medication consistently. It will important for your father to contact his prescribing physician to set up an appointment to evaluate the current medications and make plans for continued care. ...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