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Sodium Valproate Interactions
Valproate : Serious side effects rarely include risk of liver problems (more likely in young children). It can lower platelet counts, though in adults this is not generally clinically significant. Risk of birth defects in women of child bearing age is an issue. For some satiety is diminished and weight gain can occur. Others can include diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, hair loss, blurred vision and tremor. ...Read more
Many side effects: Valproate (or valproic acid) is used for the treatment of epilepsy (to control fits) and bipolar illness (to stabilize mood). It "calms" and "relaxes." side effects include unsteadiness on the feet, confusion, shaky hands, "feeling sick, " easy bruisability, bleeding, skin rash, fatigue or sleepiness, weight gain, and loss of hair. Simultaneous drinking of alcohol can exacerbate these symptoms. ...Read more
How long does it take for sodium valproate to work? Particularly, how long does it take for it to start affecting hypersexual side of BP unspecified?
I am epileptic, what would be the course duration with sodium valproate tablets. And if i would be able to get total relief with these.
Maybe success: Valproate in the form of Depakote is a broad spectrum anti-epileptic with some potential adverse effects, but, if tolerated well, should be a medicine that can be successfully used for years. Best not to use the straight valproate due to GI intolerance, and better to use Divalproex Sodium form which is generic depakote. ...Read more
Can you tell me if sodium valproate lowers a fetuses IQ does it mean it lowers my own when i take it?
Valproate Sodium: There is no evidence that valproate sodium decrease fetal IQ. When administered in pregnancy, there is a risk of fetal malformations: spina bifida, epicanthal folds, flat nasal bridge, small upturned nose, long philtrum, and thin upper lip. Less commonly it causes heart defects, oral clefts, genital abnormalities, and limb defects. The risk is 2-5%. ...Read more
What's it mean if on the wikipedia article it claimed that sodium valproate would lower a fetuses iq. why?
Not a good source: try to remember that wikipedia is NOT an authoritative source for medical information. try web MD ...Read more
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