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Sodium Valproate Uses
Is it ok to take multi vitamins with sodium valproate and carbamazepin ? What drugs not to take with these coz i read they not use with malaria drugs?
Multivitamins: Multivitamins would be fine to take with sodium valproate and carbamazepine. In fact, it may be a good idea since these medicines can deplete some nutrients -- such as b vitamins, zinc, vitamin d, etc. Some sources suggest that hair loss and zinc deficiency may be related. There are multiple anti-malarial drugs, so you need to discuss yours with your own physician and/or pharmacist. ...Read more
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
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
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?
It's wise to discuss: medical management of your epilepsy with your OB-GYN & neurologist prior to conception. Valproic Acid in the 1st trimester, especially > 1,000 mg./day, increases risk of congenital malformations. One is Spina Bifida, for which a daily Folic Acid supplement started 3 mos. before conception reduces risk. VPA can also decrease Verbal IQ, +/- signs of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, in offspring. ...Read more
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