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Is it okay to take orlistat if you are taking valproic acid?

Is it okay to take orlistat if you are taking valproic acid?

Categorically NO: If the valproate is for seizure control, i would definitely not recommend you take orlistat. Valproate is a prescription and should be given for a definite purpose. Orlistat is going to move things throug the bowel faster, inhibit fat absorption and can case mal-absorption of fat soluable vitamins in the diet. You end up pooping oil. If you do this, you should be under strict care of your doc. ...Read more

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Valproic Acid (Definition)

Valproic acid was the first product followed by valproex sodium (depakote, far less toxic). A drug approved by fda to treat migraine and/or epilepsy, and often used in psychiatry in addition. Very potent and valuable agent in view of broad spectrum benefits, but side effects and ...Read more


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Can you take nyquil with valproic acid medicine?

Yes: Shouldn't cause a problem but tell your doc you are doing it. ...Read more

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How long does it take for valproic acid to get in your system?

How long does it take for valproic acid to get in your system?

Medication effect: This is common question, most psych meds get quickly into your 'system' or blood and brain, but the effects are usually delayed often several weeks. Side effects occur when blood levels peak in a few days, but benefits can take weeks. So be patient. ...Read more

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I take Epilim Chrono 500mg which isn't actually equal Depakote ER. (500mg Epilim = 333mg sodium valproate + 145 mg valproic acid),so when to test?

 I take Epilim Chrono 500mg which isn't actually equal Depakote ER. (500mg Epilim = 333mg sodium valproate + 145 mg valproic acid),so when to test?

Random: The idea is this medication is supposed to generate a steady state level after about 3 days. Peak and trough levels matter if you are looking for toxicity or sub-therapeutic levels with medications with a short half life. Also Depakote has a very wide therapeutic level (50-100) Consider obtaining a Vit D level (which is often low) and checking ammonia after being on this medication a while. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take fish oil while being on Zoloft (sertraline) 200mg and valproic acid 500mg?

Is it safe to take fish oil while being on Zoloft (sertraline) 200mg and valproic acid 500mg?

Yes: This is as safe as eating fish while on these- probably safer, as a good fish oil has been purified of mercury, pcb's etc. Research studies show that adding fish oil to anti-depressants like zoloft (sertraline) often result in additional benefits (though some studies disagree). Fish oil is quite safe. See http://www.Drweil.Com/drw/u/qaa400988/fish-oil-for-depression.Html. ...Read more

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Are the meds Chlorpromazine,Haloperidol, metoclopramide, phenytoin,valproic acid,&carbamazepine safe to eat to treat frequent hiccups.How long to take?

Are the meds Chlorpromazine,Haloperidol,
metoclopramide,
phenytoin,valproic acid,&carbamazepine safe to eat to treat frequent hiccups.How long to take?

Not all of them: Usually ALL those drugs is not not safe for hiccups. All those medications used alone have been used in the past for hiccups and are relatively safe though there may be some side effects. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: valproic acid?

Depakote: Valproic acid was the first product followed by valproex sodium (depakote, far less toxic). A drug approved by fda to treat migraine and/or epilepsy, and often used in psychiatry in addition. Very potent and valuable agent in view of broad spectrum benefits, but side effects and pregnancy risks very real. ...Read more

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What are the differences between valproic acid and lithium?

What are the differences between valproic acid and lithium?

Considerable: Although Depakote and lithium are both prescribed and are effective for the treatment of bipolar d/o, they do differ.Depakote is actually an anticonvulsant medication prescribed for seizures, while lithium is not. The latter is basically a mineral and considered a mood stabilizing medication. Lithium is metabolized through the kidneys, while Depakote is through the liver. ...Read more

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Depakene (Definition)

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