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What are side effects from the anticonvulsant depakote?

What are side effects from the anticonvulsant depakote?

Side effects: Both can cause nausea & headaches. Depakote side effects are tremors, inc. Weight, leg cramps, ataxia, swelling of face, hair loss, irregular menses in females, rash. Zoloft (sertraline) side effects are restlessness & diarrhea. ...Read more

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Divalproex (Definition)

Divalproex, is a seizure medicine, the generic name is valporic acid, it has been in the market as an antiseizure medicine for long time, it is a good medicine, helps to control almost all types of common seizures, partial, generalized, absence, myoclonic, atonic, ..Etc.It can be used as a mood stabilizer in psychiatric patients. It has adverse effects on the liver, ...Read more


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Are there any long lasting side effects to an overdose of Divalproex(depakote) or Venlafaxine(effexor)? Provided that death does not occur.

Are there any long lasting side effects to an overdose of Divalproex(depakote) or Venlafaxine(effexor)?  Provided that death does not occur.

Should resolve: But what prompts your question? Did YOU overdose? If so, once all is destabilized, you should have no lasting damage. But discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: side effects of depakote?

What is the definition or description of: side effects of depakote?

Mostly mild: Dyspepsia and/or weight gain are common. A rare side effect is a liver and blood allergy/dysfunction. Less common are fatigue, peripheral edema, acne, dizziness, drowsiness, hair loss, headaches, nausea, sedation, and tremors. An increase of ammonia levels in the blood, which can lead to vomiting and sluggishness. ...Read more

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Hi docs, can you tell me if side effects are noticable on 250mg of divalproex/depakote?

Depends...: It really depends on how your body metabolizes the medication. Most people do not report any side effects on such a low dose of medication. ...Read more

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Side effects of Depakote and zoloft (sertraline)?

Side effects of Depakote and zoloft (sertraline)?

Side effects: Both can cause nausea & headaches. Depakote side effects are tremors, inc. Weight, leg cramps, ataxia, swelling of face, hair loss, irregular menses in females, rash. Zoloft (sertraline) side effects are restlessness & diarrhea. ...Read more

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Help! i know they say don't come off of Depakote urself but I have heard a lot say there were no side effects for them doing so. I also take seroquel (quetiapine)?

Help! i know they say don't come off of Depakote urself but I have heard a lot say there were no side effects for them doing so. I also take seroquel (quetiapine)?

Relapse vs withdrawl: While there are usually no side-effects, ie withdrawal, from stopping depakote, there is a very real risk of relapse. That is, the original problem that led to taking Depakote in the first place could return. Since Depakote is used for serious conditions, stopping this treatment without close monitoring by your doctor could be very risky. ...Read more

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Side effects of depakote, do they go away?

Side effects of depakote, do they go away?

Sometimes: Some side effects go away, or at least get better, over time, and some do not. It sounds like you really need to discuss the situation in more detail with the person prescribing the depakote. ...Read more

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I am worried about long term side effects of my bi-polar meds, depakote, Effexor (venlafaxine) zr as well been on them 12 years. What r the long term side affects?

It Depends: Many folks take Depakote and Effexor (venlafaxine) for years and years without any problems what so ever/ Depakote can have an affect on the liver, so it's good to have some blood tests every year or so. Also, Depakote can cause weight gain, and if a person gains too much weight, it can be associated with diabetes. Again, there's a test for that. With any treatment, one must weigh the risks and benefits. ...Read more

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Depakote (Definition)

Depakote is the brand name for a medication known as valproic acid. It is most commonly used to treat seizures, though it can also be used as a mood stabilizer in certain psychiatric disorders. It is used to treat multiple seizure types and can be used alone or with other seizure medications if needed. Common side effects include nausea, dizziness, ...Read more


Anticonvulsant (Definition)

Epileptic seizures, either generalized or focal. Numerous meds are available these days, and some work better with certain types, such as myoclonic or complex partial seizures. Often, in resistant cases, the meds can ...Read more