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Possible: In animal studies shows reduction of sperm count and motility, not enough evidence in humans. If infertility is your problem or potential problem you have to check with your doctor who Rx d you, find out possible to give different medication for your condition (as you did not inform) ...Read more
I'm confused!: I don't understand your question. Are you wondering if a 7 year old valproic acic tablet is still okay to take? Or are you wondering if being on valproic acid for 7 years is okay? Please ask again, and include the reason you are taking it. There is a 150 character limit, so be brief but complete. Thanks! ...Read more
How likely am I to gain weight and lose my muscle definition on valporic acid considering I always had defined abs by nature (without much workout)?
I gave my son his valporic acid medication and 1/2 hour later he through it up because of the flu. Should I be worries of him not getting a full dose?
Consider half dose: In such a situation, I generally wait a bit until the kids stomach is settled and repeat 1/3 the dose. If the vomit immediately, it would be a full dose. Sometimes having a kid suck on ice chips or chew a sugary gum will settle their stomach long enough to get a dose to stay down. ...Read more
Hi doctor I was taking valporic acid to treat my sezuires for past 5 years could you tell me that it will effect fertility?
May affect fertility: Taking valproic acid may affect female or male fertility. Before starting a family it will be best to have the bridegroom's and the brides medical history reviewed by specialists. These may include neurology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and maternal fetal medicine. ...Read more
Hi doctor I am 20 years old and I take valporic acid for past 5 years can it permanently effect fertility can I just stopped taking this medicine my sezuire is cure but my doctor change my medicine to 500 mg to 250 mg I take healthy and nutritional diet b
Valproic & Fertility: There is not great evidence whether it is epilepsy itself or to antiseizure drug treatment that may lead to lower fertility. Valproate has been linked to an increased risk of polycystic ovary disease, a leading cause of infertility in woman. Most important thing is contraception/family planning while on and working with a neurologist for med management when deciding to have children. ...Read more
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder hasn't been cured after years of using SSRI (luvux)+Serequel+Valporic Acid, OCD becoming worse, what could be the issue?
See psychiatrist: Not everyone responds to the same medicines. There are a number of different treatments. Talk to your psychiatrist about alternative drugs ...Read more
Currently on wellbutrin, (bupropion) clomipramine and valporic acid since last four weeks. Experience severe mood swings and bipolar episodes. Any advice please.?
Why keppra (levetiracetam) or valporic acid prescribed by doctor to a non epileptic myoclonus patient? Trembling of hands, migraine are side effects of valporic acid?
Valproic acid: Causes tremors of the hands very frequently. It is uncommon for it to cause migraines; in fact, it it's widely used to prevent migraines ...Read more
Timing: A valproic acid trough level, which is what should be measured, needs to be drawn ten to twelve hours after the last dose. Btw-the therapeutic range for levels is 50-100 for seizures, but it is 75-125 for mood stabilization. Other labs which should be drawn with the level are a CBC (blood count), and ast/alt (liver enzymes). ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Not important: There is a technical chemical distinction between them, but no important difference for patients. ...Read more
Side effects?: Valproic acid is mainly used for the treatment of seizure disorders, bipolar depression or prevention of migraine headaches most important side effects are weight gain, occasional hair loss and ovarian cysts. It rarely causes fetal abnormalities (related to the development of the neural tube)in pregnancy. ...Read more
STOP!!: What is the point in asking so many unhelpful questions and crowding the reply section when IF you really want to know the answer you can get it on the internet This service is for people who genuinely want reasonable answers not available elsewhere! ...Read more
Depakote: Not sure why u would be taking the same medication twice? . Also, make sure your blood level is therapeutic. ...Read more
Valproic acid at low doses causing greater mental adverse side effects, and greater physical side effects at higher dosages?
Dose related: Both mental and physical side effects with valproic acid are usually dose related (higher the higher the dose). However, you might notice that the effectiveness (reduction in mental symptoms) is also dose related. What you are thinking of as adverse mental side effects might be untreated psychiatric symptoms. Part of what makes psychiatry interesting! :-). ...Read more
Very effective: Valproic Acid is a standard antiseizure medication, particularly used for primary generalized seizures and certain seizure syndromes. ...Read more
Yes: Depakote passes through breast milk in humans. Although the full risks of taking Depakote during breastfeeding are unknown, most documented cases suggest there is little risk to breastfed infants. Many pediatricians consider Depakote to be safe during breastfeeding. Still, if your doctor recommends taking Depakote while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects. ...Read more
Is 500mg valproic acid daily too low of a dose to even be therapeutic for a adult, to treat epilepsy?
Absolutely!: I rarely prescribe valproate as an initial anti-epileptic agent anymore (though I did years ago) since there are so many aeds (antiepileptic drugs) that just as well or better without causing so many side-effects. Tremor is one of the chief offenders. Tremor can occur even at "sub-therapeutic" blood levels. ...Read more
Absolutely: For many patients, valroate has lots of side-effects, esp. Weight gain as well as others. Lithium, which is an element, is indicated for bipolar disorder. Other medications are carbamazapine (tegretol) and the medications in the class called second generation antipsychotics. A common problem with many medications can be weight gain issues. I always try to avoid this with my patients. ...Read more
I am taking valproic acid and lamnet for seizures since last 3 yrs. Is there any long term side effect? Which meds should I avoid taking with these?
Check with your neurologist and check what other meds you are taking.
I'm proud of you for being so careful. ...Read more
M an epileptic patient. I used to take 3 med. Lamictal50mg, topamax100mg, depakene (valproic acid)1500mg twice a day. My new doc changed depakene (valproic acid) to tegretol250mg. Its ok?
Epilepsy: Yes it's ok if it ultimately helps improve seizure control and you tolerate it well. ...Read more