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Differences between valproic acid & Sodium valproate?

Differences between valproic acid & Sodium valproate?

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

Valproic Acid (Definition)

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


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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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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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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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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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Can ascorbic acid cause headaches?

Can ascorbic acid cause headaches?

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

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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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Does acid reflux leads to migraine?

Does acid reflux leads to migraine?

No: while there is an association between migraines and the gut, nausea and vomiting are present in about 40% of migraineurs, GERD may he uncomfortable but does not directly trigger migraines. Stress does, however; so treat the GERD to avoid stress ...Read more

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Does acid reflux cause headaches?

Does acid reflux cause headaches?

Not usually.: Acid reflux usually isn't one of those things that causes headaches. Unless you're also having a sour taste in your mouth, belching, and heartburn - i'd look to other causes for your headache. ...Read more

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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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Is valproate acid (depakote) effective for treating bipolar mixed depressive states?

Is valproate acid (depakote) effective for treating bipolar mixed depressive states?

Yes. : Bipolar disorders are complex to understand and to treat. Combining proper medication with therapy is ideal ...Read more

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Will depression/stress trigger acid reflux?

Will depression/stress trigger acid reflux?

Can contribute: It can contribute as well as anxiety, but they are not the only contributors or causes. ...Read more

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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 more

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Preeclampsia or acid reflux?

Preeclampsia or acid reflux?

One answer: See your doctor. Preeclampsia is serious and needs to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Can hydroxycitric acid raise your uric acid levels?

Why?: It doesn't matter whether it will raise uric acid levels. What matters is that it won't do anything positive for you. Why are you taking it in the first place? Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...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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Can beta blockers be taken after amicar (aminocaproic acid)?

Can beta blockers be taken after  amicar (aminocaproic acid)?

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 more

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I'm 11 weeks pregnant with bad heartburn or acid reflux is Tums (calcium carbonate) safe to take?

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 more

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Migraine Headaches (Definition)

Migraine headaches are a common condition that often include a headache with throbbing, pulsing pain, blurriness of vision, nausea, and sensitivity to light. They ...Read more


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Migraine (Definition)

A type of headache that is associated with throbbing localized pain and usually causes light ...Read more