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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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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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Side effect of water retention tablets as I m on that tablet for 2 years now.Many times my heamoglobin goes up n down is it cause of this tablet.?

Side effect of water retention tablets as I m on that tablet for 2 years now.Many times my heamoglobin goes up n down is it cause of this tablet.?

Possibly...: Water retention tablets (or diuretics) that you got from the doctor or in supplement form shouldn't cause big fluctuations in your hemoglobin. In mod to severe dehydration and rehydration the hemoglobin will change... But if you're noticing it, i would look for other causes of the anemia first. ...Read more

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Hi doc.My mother has water retention problem due to wrong medicine side effect of thyroid causing serious swelling.So far none medication worked.Pleas?

Hi doc.My mother has water retention problem due to wrong medicine side effect of thyroid causing serious swelling.So far none medication worked.Pleas?

Immediate medical: Immediate medical consult please. Your primary care physician will evaluate to figure out what medication caused fluid retention. And the following steps will be either lower the dose or discontinue the med for a period of time, or switch to other medication. ...Read more

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I'm taking Depakote ER for bipolar and have had horrible insomnia, palpitations and tremors. Is this side effect or something else?

I'm taking Depakote ER for bipolar and have had horrible insomnia, palpitations and tremors. Is this side effect or something else?

Yes: Yes, those has been among possible side effects of Depakote er. Discuss it with the person who prescribed it to see if they want to change to other mood stabilizer unless you are getting to tolerate it. ...Read more

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Cant take melatonin it causes side effects for me such as water retention what will help me sleep seems like hormones causin this ?

Cant take melatonin    it causes side effects for me such as water retention     what will help me sleep seems like hormones causin this      ?

Unlikely!: Its unlikely the amount of melatonin contained in the presently available sleep "promoters" can have ANY side effects!! More likely perimenopausal ....hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Hi. Can tamoxifen have this side effects if uset by male for gyno, water retention, acne and weight gain?

Hi. Can tamoxifen have this side effects if uset by male for gyno, water retention, acne and weight gain?

why use Tamoxifen: Tamoxifen has no serious side effects like you have described. It is very well tolerated drug in general. But who do you have to use it in the first instance? It is only useful for treating breast cancer both in females and in males who suffer from cancer. ...Read more

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How long after ending a 12 day prednisone taper will it take for all side effects , eg water retention, to go away?

How long after ending a 12 day prednisone taper will it take for all side effects , eg water retention, to go away?

1-2 weeks: A lot depends on the dosing of prednsone you were taking. Usually water retention effect going away in 1-2 weeks. Some of the other side effects such as stretch marks, hormonal changes etc may take longer. ...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


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Side Effect (Definition)

In medicine, a side effect is an effect, whether therapeutic or adverse, that is secondary to the one intended; although the term is predominantly employed to describe adverse effects, it can also apply to beneficial, but unintended, consequences of the ...Read more