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.

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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...

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

Not necessarily. Though there are blood levels that coincide with good control, whatever dose prevents seizures is appropriate for you. Read more...
Not necessarily. Depends upon what type of epilepsy someone has, and also upon how their unique brain chemistry reacts to the medicine. . Read more...

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...
See below. Valproic acid (vpa), an acidic chemical compound, has found clinical use as an anticonvulsant and mood-stabilizing drug, primarily in the treatment of epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and, less commonly, major depression. It is also used to treat migraine headaches and schizophrenia. Read more...

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...

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...
Interactions. http://www.webmd.com/drugs/drug-17220-orlistat+oral.aspx?drugid=17220&drugname=orlistat+oral. Read more...