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Valproic Acid Migraine
Not important: There is a technical chemical distinction between them, but no important difference for patients. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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
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?
Depakote: Not sure why u would be taking the same medication twice ?. Also, make sure your blood level is therapeutic. ...Read more
Vit C: Great question. Vit c (ascorbic acid) plays a role in tissue regeneration and healing. It is necessary for healthy ligaments, tendons, skin, and blood vessels. There are several studies that point towards Ascorbic Acid helping those with headaches, but headaches are a known side-effect of large doses of ascorbic acid. ...Read more
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
I take Epilim Chrono 500mg which isn't actually equal Depakote ER. (500mg Epilim = 333mg sodium valproate + 145 mg valproic acid),so when to test?
Random: The idea is this medication is supposed to generate a steady state level after about 3 days. Peak and trough levels matter if you are looking for toxicity or sub-therapeutic levels with medications with a short half life. Also Depakote has a very wide therapeutic level (50-100) Consider obtaining a Vit D level (which is often low) and checking ammonia after being on this medication a while. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes, but?: Amicar (aminocaproic acid) is used to stop bleeding in surgery, it only has a half life of 2 hours, so nearly all gone in 12 hours. It would not be used continually or on a regular basis, so would not affect any other medication taken after 12 hours following its use. But why did you take it? Was it given to you during surgery? If so, it is long out of your system by now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm 11 weeks pregnant with bad heartburn or acid reflux is Tums (calcium carbonate) safe to take?
Yes: Tums is typically what i tell pregnant women with heartburn to start with, as it also gets you extra calcium, which is good in pregnancy unless you are at risk for kidney stones. If that doesn't help, many patients find relief with over the counter pepcid (famotidine). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer