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VALPORIC ACID: 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, platelet counts and obesity. ...Read more
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
Could the medication 'divalproex sodium' or 'topiramate' affect an at home pregnancy test result cuz im 5 days late and it's negative I'm never late?
Trust the test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate and this medication will not affect the test. They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more
Can muscle and joint pain caused by divalproex be prevented without reducing the dose or switching medications?
Uncommon: Was the diagnosis of pain made by your physician? These are unlikely to be caused by valproic acid, particularly since the drug can be used in some circumstances to treat pain. Would speak to your prescribing physician about this and determine if this is the true cause of your pain, or if there are other things in your history which would be causing your symptoms. ...Read more
So does that mean I can take the pill plan b even if im taking medication for seizures it's called divalproex delayed?
Not big problem: Would suggest contacting the doctor who treats your seizures, and discuss if any need to adjust your dose, but otherwise, would not be too concerned about drug drug interactions under these circumstances. ...Read more
Depakote side effect: Divalproex is metabolized to valproic acid which can cause stomach upset. Higher doses can be associated with weight gain and tremors. The benefits for patients with bipolar, migraines and seizures are greater than most side effects pts have. I often will use lower doses to keep side effects down and add an additional med such as lithium to boost the benefits. ...Read more
What is the best of these three drugs for schizo paranoid; chlorpromazine, risperidone, divalproex..
Different meds: Each person is different. Chlorpromazine (thorazine) is in a class of antipsychotic medications called neuroleptics. For some people with psychotic disorders it is just the right medication. However, I believe that most psychiatrists would want a trial of a newer class of medication called atypical antipsychotics first (side effect profile & effect on negative symptoms of schizophrenia). >>. ...Read more
My nephew is 23 has autism. He is on Clonazepam 0.5mg twice a day and Risperidone 0.25mg twice a day and Divalproex extended release 500 mg a day. For temper he still needs alittle something what do you suggest no psychotic drug please.
No quick fix:
Temper is a nonspecific complaint. This could be due to a specific comorbid condition that itself requires further treatment, or part of autistic irritability. Often we see cognitive rigidity as difficulty w/ transitions.
FDA approved agents for irritability in autism are Abilify and RIsperdal. He needs to be seen by a child psychiatrist or neurologist w/ expertise in this group of patients. ...Read more
Discuss: Discuss with the prescribing physician to learn if your reaction is an expected potential side effect or a possible immune mediated "rejection-type" reaction. If there is still question, consultation with an Allergist can help. Unfortunately, the wide range of possible reactions/side effects makes it impossible to comment without more information. ...Read more
Many: Commonest: weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, loss of balance, fatigue, mental slowing, interaction with multiple drugs. Depending on the indication for which this drug is prescribed, there be several good alternatives with lesser side-effects. Remember, no drug is side-effect free. ...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
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Ask question again and be specific about what you mean by "plan" ...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
Are there any long lasting side effects to an overdose of Divalproex (depakote) or Venlafaxine (effexor)? Provided that death does not occur.
What are the side effects of taking focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR and divalproex together the person is taking 40mg of focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR and 250mg of divalproex?
See below: There are no known interactions between the two medications so there should be no problems taking both at the same time. ...Read more
I'm on clomipramine 75mg od. Now suffering severe convulsions and recurrent thoughts since last one week. Divalproex sodium will be good choice for me?
Call physican: Clomipramine may indeed induce seizures, but usually at a much higher dose. When considering your other medications, however, you are on three potent serotonin modulators, and the interactions amongst the three may be a problem. You may also be at a higher risk for seizures if you have had ECT recently. Please call and consult with your psychiatrist about this in detail. ...Read more
They act differently: And the primary effect of valproate is NOT on GABA receptors but on sodium channels, and it's GABA effects are different from benzos in terms of GABA subreceptors. NO drug is addictive. People have underlying predispositions, inherited or acquired, and drugs that can produce physical dependency can trigger addiction in those patients. Depakote and other seizure meds have little/no abuse potential ...Read more
What mood stabilizers do not have a drying effect on skin and eyes (i'm stuck with divalproex at the moment)?
On invega (3mg), lithium-300mg and Divalproex - 500mg and recently when having sex been hard to reach my orgasm. Any help? Meds have been reduced too
I hav problem of epilepsy since last 10 years, I m using divalproex sodium 500 mg 2 times. First 8 years I had used with 250 in 2 times but I still?
Divalproex dose is correlated with effect, i, e., sz control, and appropriate blood levels. You may have weighed less 10-12 years ago, and now require a higher dose to control your szs.
Not clear whether this dose works well, controls your problem, or causes side effects. Best to get updated with your neurologist. ...Read more
I know that divalproex sodium can increase shbg, thereby reducing free testosterone, but does it have any effect on total t in men?
See answer: You are correct. Most of the anti-epileptic drugs (aeds) increase shbg and reduce free t. Even though aeds may raise total t levels because of this effect on shbg, the total t levels almost always remain within the wide normal range for total t (~300-1100 ng/dl) depending on the reference range used by a given lab. Free t and albumin-bound t (bioavailable t) are the active forms of t in the body. ...Read more
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