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What is the difference between Depakote and Lamictal?

What is the difference between Depakote and Lamictal?

Anticonvulsivants: 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

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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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Where depakote caused me to be tired all the time, can lamictal have the opposite effect?

Where depakote caused me to be tired all the time, can lamictal have the opposite effect?

Expectancy: Many medications, esp psych types, have real serious side efx. N top of that, the experience of them is very subject to what we expect. Our interpretation of the impact is flexible - so, if let me suggest you try to see how you feel. Talk w/ your Dr about these things as you work to find the best for you. Add psychotherapy for best results! ...Read more

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Can Depakote and lamictal be taken together? It sounds like Depakote makes lamictal much stronger...

Not unique: But, as you might know, lamotrigine can cause a dangerous rash in some patients, and the risk is somewhat higher if you add this to Depakote. But rather low risk of rash if the Depakote is added to the Lamictal. If both are used together in epilepsy, usually far better efficacy. ...Read more

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If I want to get off Depakote 500 mgs, is there anything besides Lamictal that can replace it? I take it for mood disorder.

If I want to get off Depakote 500 mgs, is there anything besides Lamictal that can replace it? I take it for mood disorder.

Talk with ur shrink: LIthium and Gabapentin are two mood stablizers and there are other medications that might be used depending on your condition and concern about various side effects. This needs to be discussed with your psychiatrist ...Read more

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Between lamictal and Depakote which is more likely to cause acne?

Between lamictal and Depakote which is more likely to cause acne?

Wrong question: Please forgive my frankness. If you have been advised to take either of these medications, you are seriously sick, and the right choice is whichever one is most likely to control your illness effectively. If you think you will get acne flares, keep it at bay with daily topical benzoyl peroxide 5%, or a stronger rx from your physician if required. Hoping your new meds help ; you did well to ask. ...Read more

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Taking Lamictal, depakote, risperdol, klonopin and luvox (fluvoxamine). Is it ok to have a small cocktail once in a while.

Alcohol + Polypharm: Alcohol does not mix well with the condition for which you are being treated with that medication, nor does alcohol mix well with the medication, nor do some of those medications mix well together. Therefore, it may be contraindicated to consume any alcohol with these medications. ...Read more

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38yr fem. Migraine for 5 weeks. Mri/mra normal. Was on lamictal for 4? Yrs for prev. Added Depakote 2 weeks ago. Working w neuro. Suggestions? Thanks

38yr fem. Migraine for 5 weeks. Mri/mra normal. Was on lamictal for 4? Yrs for prev. Added Depakote 2 weeks ago. Working w neuro. Suggestions? Thanks

Other possibilities: If the MRI was negative you should seek out and consult with a neuromuscular oriented dentist and consider getting a nti-tss oral appliance which the fda approved to treat migraines. Google nti-tss for more info. ...Read more

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On lamictal for 4 yrs 4 migraine prev. Now have migraine for past 4 weeks, nonstop. Added depakote. Mri shows many white spots. Neuro appt. Soon. Ideas?

On lamictal for 4 yrs 4 migraine prev. Now have migraine for past 4 weeks, nonstop. Added depakote. Mri shows many white spots. Neuro appt. Soon. Ideas?

Let's assess: Likely, your MRI reflects prior migraine experience, and unlikely due to other problem. You now possess chronic daily headaches, which may be associated with analgesic meds, but could occur for other reasons. Lamictal is not my first choice to control migraine. Depakote not a bad choice, and may start to breakup pattern. Steroids may work far faster. Otc items may also be useful. Reassess. ...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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Topamax, (topiramate) Sodium Valproate, Depakote and Lamictal, which are best for migraine aura, and which have the most side effects?

Topamax, (topiramate) Sodium Valproate, Depakote and Lamictal, which are best for migraine aura, and which have the most side effects?

Migraine: Prophylaxis with either Topamax (topiramate) or Depakote would be considered first line aggressive therapy (for males). With Depakote (sodium divalproate) we often see weight gain and a fine tremor (especially in older adults). With Topamax (topiramate) there are more side effects (weight loss, parasthesias, change in sense of taste, inability to sweat, glaucoma, kidney stones) www. Healthtap. Com/drericweisman ...Read more

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I've had memory problems with Valium and neurontin, which affect gaba, and lamictal and vimpat, (lacosamide) which don't, but not with depakote, which does. Why?

I've had memory problems with Valium and neurontin, which affect gaba, and lamictal and vimpat, (lacosamide) which don't, but not with depakote, which does. Why?

You're an individual: Any medication which treats seizures can potentially affect memory. But when it comes down to it, everyone is an individual, so you might get a side-effect noone else gets or you might avoid a side-effect that everyone else does get. ...Read more

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Atypicals-zyprexa-latuda-seroquel etc. Or anticonvultants-depakote-tegretol-lamictal etc. Which are harder on your liver?

Atypicals-zyprexa-latuda-seroquel etc. Or anticonvultants-depakote-tegretol-lamictal etc. Which are harder on your liver?

Liver function: Medications are often metabolized in the liver and their safety depends on its integrity. Tegretol induces its own metabolism. Depakote increases the amount of ammonia. Zyprexa, seroquel and Latuda (lurasidone) are metabolized by different metabolic pathways by citochrome p450 enzymes. Lamictal is glucuronized. The risk of liver disease due to these drugs depends on the dose of meds and the liver capacity. ...Read more

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Can I take combination of Divalproex Sodium ER, Lamictal, Latuda for Bipolar I Depression?

Interactions occur:: Combinations may increase risk of side effects: Lamotrigine + Depakote: skin rash, restlessness, seizures, tremors, muscle weakness, and staggering walk. Lamotrigine + Lurasidone: dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Lurasidone + Depakote: dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Work with prescriber. Best regards for good health. ...Read more

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Throat clearing from mucus. Possible side effect of Depakote OR Lamitcal?? (1875mg &200mg)2Ent's nasal scope neg. Have Nissen. History of asthma. Tried meds

Throat clearing from mucus. Possible side effect of Depakote OR Lamitcal?? (1875mg &200mg)2Ent's nasal scope neg. Have Nissen. History of asthma. Tried meds

Excess mucus: Thick mucus is a sign that your nasal cilia are not doing their job of moving bacteria out of the nose/sinuses properly. To correct poor ciia movevement
Drink green tea with lemon and honey
Use pulsed nasal/sinus irrigation at a rate for restoring cilia.
For the Hydro Pulse Nasal/ Sinus irrigator, add two teaspoon of Xylitol to the 500 ml basin, irrigate 2x a day until clear. ...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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Is there an alternative to lamictal?

Is there an alternative to lamictal?

Yes: Lamictal is primarily an anti-epileptic drug which is also utilized in psychiatry. Numerous other drugs exist within this class, and if you are taking the drug and it seems ineffective or adverse events are present, your doctor could easiiy change to another medication. ...Read more

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What is Lamictal typically used for?

Lamictal: It is an Anti-convulsant medication used for Epilepsy & Mood disorders. ...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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Please describe the medication: lamictal?

See below: Lamictal (lamotrigine) is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant.

Lamictal is used either alone or in combination with other medications to treat epileptic seizures in adults and children. ...Read more

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I'm starting lamictal, what should I expect next?

Don't expect an: Immediate response because you must build up the dose over time. It can be very effective. There is a black box warning for stevens johnson syndrome. ...Read more

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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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Could 4700mg of lamictal be fatal?

Yes!: Depends on the patient and the nee, a doctor will prescribe Lamictal as high as 400 to 500 mg. Per day. 4700 mg of Lamictal per day is a massive dosage, and it can be fatal. Overdosing on Lamictal is very dangerous, and requires immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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Why would Depakote be prescribed for a patient?

Why would Depakote be prescribed for a patient?

Mood, pain, seizure: Depakte is an anticonvulsant medication so can be used for seizures. However many newer drugs seem better for seizures with fewer side effects. Now departed is mainly used as a mood stabilizer for people with bipolar disorder, or or several types of chronic pain syndromes. ...Read more

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Is Depakote good for ocd?

Depakote: Usually Depakote helps for mood and anger, impulsiveness. ...Read more

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Why does lamictal cause a rash?

Why does lamictal cause a rash?

Any drug can: Any medication can potentially cause skin rash. Although some are more likely than others to induce a rash. ...Read more

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Does xenical safe with depakote?

Does xenical safe with depakote?

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

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


Lamictal (Definition)

Lamictal (lamotrigine) is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant. Lamictal is used either alone or in combination with other medications to treat epileptic seizures ...Read more