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Can valporic acid effect male fertility?

Can valporic acid effect male fertility?

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

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Valporic acid tablet patient and 7 year period use tablet?

Valporic acid tablet patient and 7 year period use tablet?

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

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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?

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

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Hi doctor I was taking valporic acid to treat my sezuires for past 5 years could you tell me that it will effect fertility?

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

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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

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

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Currently on wellbutrin, (bupropion) clomipramine and valporic acid since last four weeks. Experience severe mood swings and bipolar episodes. Any advice please.?

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Currently on wellbutrin, (bupropion) clomipramine and valporic acid since last four weeks. Experience severe mood swings and bipolar episodes. Any advice please.?

Bipolar: Talk to your doctor about why u r on two antidepressants and is your Depakote level therapeutic, since mood cycling can occur if antidepressants are on board or if the level of Depakote in blood is low. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What is valproic acid?

What is valproic acid?

Several things: Valproic acid, aka-depakote, aka-sodium divalproex is classified as an anticonvulsant or anti-seizure medication. It is used for epilepsy, bipolar disorder-as a mood stabilizer, and is also used for migraine headaches. ...Read more

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How is valproic acid excreted?

How is valproic acid excreted?

In the urine: Valproic acid is metabolized in the liver by a number of enzymes, but is excreted in the urine. Less than 3 % is excreted unchanged as valproic acid. ...Read more

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How can you check a valproic acid trough?

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

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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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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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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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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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Differences between valproic acid & Sodium valproate?

Not important: There is a technical chemical distinction between them, but no important difference for patients. ...Read more

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What is a common reaction to Depakote / valproic acid?

What is a common reaction to Depakote / valproic acid?

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

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What is the definition or description of: Depakene (valproic acid) allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Depakene (valproic acid) allergy?

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

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Should valproic acid 1500 mg and sodium valproate 1500 mg be taken together?

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Depakote: Not sure why u would be taking the same medication twice? . Also, make sure your blood level is therapeutic. ...Read more

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Valproic acid at low doses causing greater mental adverse side effects, and greater physical side effects at higher dosages?

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

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How effective is Valproic acid (Depakene) for treating epilepsy?

Very effective: Valproic Acid is a standard antiseizure medication, particularly used for primary generalized seizures and certain seizure syndromes. ...Read more

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Can I breastfeed my adopted infant while on depakene (valproic acid)?

Can I breastfeed my adopted infant while on depakene (valproic acid)?

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

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Is 500mg valproic acid daily too low of a dose to even be therapeutic for a adult, to treat epilepsy?

Is 500mg valproic acid daily too low of a dose to even be therapeutic for a adult, to treat epilepsy?

Not necessarily: Depends upon what type of epilepsy someone has, and also upon how their unique brain chemistry reacts to the medicine. ...Read more

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Are tremors common from epival/ depakote/ valproic acid?

Are tremors common from epival/ depakote/ valproic acid?

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

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Do any drugs exist for bipolar disorder that are not in the valproic acid classification?

Do any drugs exist for bipolar disorder that are not in the valproic acid classification?

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

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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?

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?

Probably not: Check with your neurologist and check what other meds you are taking.
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