DEPAKOTE Ressources

Application Information

This drug has been submitted to the FDA under the reference 018723/001.

Names and composition

"DEPAKOTE" is the commercial name of a drug composed of DIVALPROEX SODIUM.

Forms

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Answered questions

Is depakote maoi drug??????
Asked by Merri Mcglohon 1 month ago.

No, Depakote aka Valproic Acid is considered an anticonvulsant or mood stabilizer depending on the reason you take it, and it is not related to MAOI antidepressants. Depakote can be used with people who have nothing more than basic depression, although that is not too common. The people who take Depakote are typically using it to control either epileptic seizures or to treat Bipolar mood episodes--both mania and depression. MAOI's are most effective at just treating the depression and it is not considered to be, nor is it used as a mood stabilizer. There are some restrictions with Depakote that will affect what other medications you can take, but nothing on the scale of the restrictions on MAOI's, which includes about half the prescription and over-the-counter medications known to man and many types of aged cheese and meat, in addition to many other foods as well. If you are taking an MAOI or Depakote it is very important to have communication with your doctor and get expert advice on what you should or should not do while taking them because serious bodily harm can occur in some cases when the drugs interact with other drugs and/or food that we have consumed. They both work well at controlling the symptoms they are prescribed for, but they do have some drawbacks in the side effects department that prevent them from being considered ideal treatments. You need to get the blood tests when taking Depakote because if left unchecked it can do permanent and serious damage to our bodies. Answered by Albert Pinciaro 1 month ago.


Depakote ER?
so weight gain is fairly common then? ... wow ok thank you for that info!! Asked by Odell Niemela 1 month ago.

I have been diagnosed with Manic depression and Borderline personality disorder. My doctor has given me Depakote ER to take, and I am just wondering what the side effects are to be expected? I have researched it, and found that one of the side effects can be throwing up. I have a horrible phobia of this so I'm just curious as to if there is a big possibility of this occuring? Also, is it better to take this in the morning or at night? Thanks so much Answered by Shantell Pretlow 1 month ago.

Depakote er or Depakine is similar to what I am using now. There are some side effects in the beginning, but usually they disappear pretty quick. The most trouble I had with shaking hands. Be prepared to have this for at least 3 till 4 weeks or even longer. Once your body is getting used to the Depakote this will disappear. Don't worry, your body must adapt to the dosis and sometimes they will raise or lower the doses. Other side effect is that you can temporary loose more hair. Mostly it comes back. You can also like more or less food. Do not eat the socalled junkfood, but take good care of yourself. HEALTHY food is a must. And let some one control your intake. It is always the best to take them immediatelyu after the meals, morning and evening or even morning afternoon and evening, depending on the dosis. My dosis is 1250 mg, in tablets of 500 mg. I take 1 in the morning, a half in de afternoon and 1 in the evening, during or right after the meals, to avoid problems with the stomach. By the way, DON'T use it when you have had problems with your liver or stomach before and have your blood checked now and then. If you use much Depakote ( the natriumvalproate is the actual thing working, so Depakine is the same) you must take care to get pregnant, the man must be careful too. The change that your baby is handicapped is greater. First ask your doctor. You can also visit my website: jacob.soet.tripod.com. I will publish facts about borderline there soon and you will find also information about stress. By the way, I am one of Jehovah's Witnesses, but that is not limiting my information for you. Just take what you like from my site. I hope that you will have benefit from my answer. Having borderline is very difficult, both for you and the people around you. Never give up trusting good friends!!! Use the depakote with a glass of water, neither warm neither cold. Its after some experience easy to swallow, I have seldom problems with it. They are covered with a jelly that makes it easy to swallow them. NEVER chew it, it must be consumed as a whole!!!! SUCCESSS!!!!!! Jacob. Answered by Stepanie Lutsky 1 month ago.

*Any* doctor should be able to tell you how to taper off. Also, depression *are* mental disorders. I do not by any means suggest going off any medication without close supervision by your doctor. If a medication works, weigh the benefits and detriments very carefully. However, it seems like you have already decided that the side effects are unbearable. I used to be on depakote ER (for bipolar disorder), and it seemed to work well for me and I didn't notice any side effects but weight gain. Thing is, I started taking it when I was about thirteen, and until it quit working for me at 25, I literally had zero comprehension of what a sex drive even was. To me, the sudden appearance of libido was worth the two years and counting of complete instability, an out of control mania and a deep depression. Just thought I should mention it, as I consider this one to be more trouble than it's worth, despite the fact that it actually worked. Sounds to me like you need a new doctor. If s/he is too stupid to know that depression and ocd are disorders and won't give you any advice about the proper way to change medication, it sounds like they have Ramen for brains. Good luck. Answered by Youlanda Fenoglio 1 month ago.

I work in a mental health psychiatric hospital in the childrens area. I administer DEPAKOTE to several kids (ages 12-18) everyday. Although I don't know your age I can tell you that I have not experienced ever in 7 years of working where I work anyone throwing up as a result of taking this medication. What I have noticed is some people get get food cravings and do not feel full even after a full meal. Some people get tired after taking this medication but both of the symptoms I described subside with time. A down side to this medication is that it may slow your metabolism and cause weight gain. We have switched from DEPAKOTE to ABILIFY as weight te side effects are less with ABILIFY and there is no weight gain. Hope this helps. good luck! Answered by Fredric Sallie 1 month ago.

I've taken Depakote ER for about six months. I gained about 50lbs and a lot of my hair fell out. Those side effects stopped after a while and I've lost a little of the weight and my hair grew back in thick (course I had really thick hair to begin with). Nausea is common, but I never threw up from it. But if you feel nausea and freak out about it, you'll probably puke. I found it most tolerable to take it at night. When i got up to 2000mg, though, I took 1500mg at night and 500mg at lunch. It's mostly a matter of preference, but I'd say start off at night. Answered by Lisbeth Uihlein 1 month ago.

My daughter went on it for one month and gained 21 pounds. She took herself off of it. The weight gain was worse than the benefits of the drug. She has BPD and Bi-Polar. She also suffers from depression and anxiety. She showed no signs of improvement on the medication and no adverse effects since going off of it. Answered by Rita Wayford 1 month ago.


Has anyone ever lost weight on depakote?
I have been taking depakote for 6 years and have gained 80 pounds. I don't want to come off of the medicine because it helps for my bi-polar and depression. So my question is has anyone ever lost weight while being on this medicine? What was your diet like? Asked by Mable Carlise 1 month ago.

Depakote does pose the risk of blood toxicity if too much builds up in the system. Regular blood tests are required to monitor blood levels. Incidentally, the optimal dosage amount (or therapeutic level) for Depakote is dangerously close to the amount that causes blood poisoning, so blood testing is warranted throughout the course of Depakote treatment. Also of concern is the link between antiepileptic (one of Depakote's uses) medications and an increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior. How a person responds to the medication will depend on her own chemical makeup, but the risk is there. Ask your doctor about all your concerns of depakote.Yes, weight gain is considered a potential side effect of Depakote (which is valproic acid, in its generic form). It's one of the most common side effects of Depakote, and if you care to be skeptical, it's considered one of the possible side effects of thousands of medications. Good luck and take care always...... Answered by Theo Kellie 1 month ago.

Use a heating pad type thing to lose your weight. Do cardio but don't muscle until your thin unless you need thick muscle. ETC. COAT. Answered by Xochitl Kleifgen 1 month ago.


Can you get high off of depakote?
Asked by Deana Cridge 1 month ago.

Depakote ER is indicated for the treatment of acute manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar disorder, with or without psychotic features. Depakote is indicated for the treatment of manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder. Depakote and Depakote ER are indicated for the treatment of complex partial seizures, and simple and complex absence seizures in adults and children 10 years of age and older with epilepsy. Depakote and Depakote ER are indicated for the prevention of migraine headaches in adults. I would say NO to drugs Ramon! If you want a real high - try sky diving or bungee jumping. Another way to get a real high - helping someone who is less fortunate than you. That's the good stuff! Answered by Mary Wysock 1 month ago.

Depakote High Answered by Aleida Stonefield 1 month ago.

I took Depakote. You will not be getting high. You may be getting sick, but not high in any way shape or form. Bipolar people tend to go off drugs. If the Bipolar drugs made people high, we d all be taking them all the time. Answered by Jarrod Staufenberger 1 month ago.

This Site Might Help You. RE: can you get high off of depakote? Answered by Celia Craze 1 month ago.

A few of the most common Depakote side effects include vomiting, dizziness, and tremors. This eMedTV article lists other common side effects of Depakote and explains which side effects require immediate medical attention. As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Depakote® (divalproex sodium Answered by Cathie Ruleman 1 month ago.

Extreme side effects can include bleeding, drowsiness and hallucinations. Answered by Buffy Maltez 1 month ago.

Depakote Abuse Answered by Lourdes Fietsam 1 month ago.

Depakote is used to treat seizures, bi-polar disorder and for migrane headaches. Try googling it and c how stupid of a question this was! Answered by Karl Dashem 1 month ago.


Depakote???
I went to the dr. today and was prescribed depakote 500 mg for depression. I went in with symptoms of aching in my hands/fingers and feet and slurred speech. From as much as I can tell depakote is for seizuers, migranes and the manic part of manic depressive.......any advice? Asked by Shanelle Hardi 1 month ago.

I took Depakote several years ago because I am manic-depressive. I gained over 60 pounds within 6 months and I was not sure if the medication helped with my disorder or if I felt so lousy being overweight. All of the people that I have known have had the same weight gain, however many of them swear by the medication that it really was beneficial. I however, felt so horrible about myself (self esteem) that I opted for a different medication. (Trileptal). My thought is, allow a couple of weeks for the effect of the Depakote to see if you are still experiencing the side effects. Almost all of the medications that I have been taking have made me feel really tired and my speech slurred. I hope that you find the right combination, for depression, I didn't think that the physician would prescribe Depakote, hmmm? Just curious. Hang in there, you find what works best for you and a treatment plan that helps you live a "normal" emotional life. :) Answered by Marry Schwaderer 1 month ago.

Depakote is a widely used prescription drug for depression. Much more used for depression than for seizures. Let is take about 3 weeks and see if you feel better. Did they prescribe it to be taken at night or in the morning as at night it is has the ability to help one sleep also. Answered by Maye Keasley 1 month ago.

Depakote is NOT for fighting depression!!! Depakote is a powerful, dangerous and addicting Benzodiazepine medication that can be used for anxiety & seizures. Not for Depression. It may also destroy your cognition and ability to learn, concentrate and understand things in a simple matter like normal. It did that to me. I took Depakote for 2 years and it impaired my brain from functioning correctly. I couldn't learn in class, concentrate and even had to repeat 6th grade. ***DO everything you can to avoid Depakote and any other drug that is called a "Benzodiazepine". Your doctor should know. And ALWAYS get a second opinion. Answered by Hwa Klement 1 month ago.

Ask your doc. You've already done your research and concluded that it's not used for depression. I'm not sure how he diagnosed depression from your symptoms, but depakote certainly ain't an antidepressant. Answered by Maurita Tezak 1 month ago.

Depakote comes in different dosage forms. Depakote® (divalproex sodium) Tablets for Oral use and Depakote® ER (divalproex sodium) Tablet, Extended Release for Oral use are prescription medications used: •To treat acute manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder •Alone or with other medications to treat: o— Complex partial seizures in adults and children 10 years of age and older o— Simple and complex absence seizures, with or without other seizure types •To prevent migraine headaches Depakote® Sprinkle Capsules (divalproex sodium delayed release capsules), for Oral use is a prescription medicine used alone or with other medicines to treat: •Complex partial seizures in adults and children 10 years of age and older •Simple and complex absence seizures, with or without other seizure types Do not take Depakote or Depakote ER for prevention of migraine headaches if you are pregnant. Answered by Darren Aytes 1 month ago.

I took Depakote for epilepsy. It didn't prevent my seizures and made my hair fall out, my gums bleed, I couldn't sleep, and I felt like I was going crazy. Have fun! Answered by Latonya Coppenger 1 month ago.

Have been on Depakote for 20 years can it be harmful? Answered by Robbi Flister 1 month ago.

different meds help different people many different ways! docters somehow know what to do. Answered by Yuri Tejera 1 month ago.


What do you know about Depakote?
I have bipolar2. I'm on Xanax,and Lamictal.My doctor just started me on Depakote,and I've done some research.Lots,and lots of serious side effects.Does anyone have any experience with Depakote? Asked by Jewell Walkowski 1 month ago.

I am on Depakote for bipolar and it stables me out very well. Depakote is an anti sezure medication, but it is also very effective as a mood stabalizer in bipolar. No it IS NOT an anti depressant.....many people with bipolar, including myself, are on antidepressant in additon to being on depakote, and not depakote alone. Yes there are a lot of common side effects and many people do find they can not tolerate it. One of the most major ones is stomach/heartburn issues. All antiacids are safe to take with it, so keeping some on hand is a good idea(just no asprin). I know I had severe stomach pain that started when i first started when i started on depakote, and then again when i upped the dose......though didnt associate it as a side effect til the second time. The first time my GP told me to take prilosec OTC for it. The second time she prescribed nexium. I dont take the nexium all the time, as i dont like being on meds unless i have to, but i do start backon it when i start to have stomach issues again. The stomach issues suck, but are easy to deal with antiacids, so are not worth quitting the depakote if it works as well as it does for me. The other one i had severly was tremors. Also, very severe when i first started, and when dose was raised, tapered of after abour 4 or 5 weeks. Though is slight at times, is mostly gone unless i drink caffene. Pretty much, Give it a chance. Give it 6-8 weeks to find out if it works. If you notice serious side effects talk to your Dr ASAP. Minor side effects, give it 6-8 week, and they should taper off. If they dont, you and your dr have to determine if they are worth any benifit your get from the depakote. Good site to look at is crazymeds.us Answered by Cassie Mcsherry 1 month ago.

I was incorrectly diagnosed as bipolar (I'm not, but the doctors were just randomly trying things) and I was given Depakote. It turned off the "you're full, stop eating" receptors in my brain and I gained 50 lbs in a month and a half. I lost it as soon as I stopped taking the Depakote, though. I also had trouble remembering the names of colors and putting words together in the correct sequence when speaking. I am not a fan of Depakote. Answered by Tasia Dormer 1 month ago.

I was actually put on a high dose of Depakote for migraines and I HATED it. First of all it made me gain a ton of weight. I was tired all the time and anxious and even though it's an anti-depressant and I was on it for migraines it caused me to be depressed. I would really reconsider this medication and maybe talk to your Doctor and see if there isn't another medication that you can use. Hope this helped a little. And have a Happy Valentine's Day!!! Answered by Rosio Tofani 1 month ago.

Everyone's body is different but Depakote is a pretty strong anti-seizure drug and with it carries a greater risk of side effects. Why did he/she put you on it? Do you have epilepsy? Answered by Monnie Fishbein 1 month ago.


Does depakote affect one's sex drive?
my girlfriend says she doesn't like taking depakote, but is forced to by her parents. she claims it makes her very easily irritated with just anyone, and on top of that we've been having less and less sex and fighting more than usual. also says she's switching medication next week. maybe i'm... Asked by Irvin Lainhart 1 month ago.

my girlfriend says she doesn't like taking depakote, but is forced to by her parents. she claims it makes her very easily irritated with just anyone, and on top of that we've been having less and less sex and fighting more than usual. also says she's switching medication next week. maybe i'm overreacting by coming on the web to ask strangers for advice, but i'm a little concerned. it's not the concept of not getting any, it's more like the concept of why she doesn't seem interested like she used to be. however, any advice is greatly appreciated Answered by Antione Cione 1 month ago.

I use depakote in a much high than normal dose per day. Been on it for quite a number of years and am a married woman with a healthy sex relationship. my libido is healthy and we greatly enjoy our sex life. I've never noticed decrease sexual desire from depakote. But I definitely lose my interest when I'm easily frustrated and irritated and unable to concentrate on whatever is at hand because I'm unstable from the chemicals in my brain. Even though I take depakote daily I can still suffer from feeling too low or depressed to being too excitable (and being too happy and energetic leads to irritability because the human body can't always be too high or low and needs plenty of rest and exercise sooner or later). When that happens to me, my doctor keeps me on the depakote and adds a supplement temporarily, such as Abilify. I don't know what abilify does or how it works but its been the best medication in years of looking. It just helps me feel like myself again. So I doubt your girlfriend's depakote is causing her problems, its the condition itself that the dr prescribed depakote for that is the problem right now and it can be helped. Happens to most people, in fact. She says it causes easy irritability with people and that includes you and that's no reflection on you personally or how she cares for you. She can't help it if she is experiencing an unstable period but you could really help a lot by being understanding about her health issues and realize that she can't just turn herself on and off like a switch and become passionate like usual while she isn't feeling well. It'd be way worse if she did go to bed with you and couldn't get into it and then you'd both feel weird. It'd be humiliating for her actually. Imagine if it was you trying to make love when you couldn't really concentrate or be free enough to express it and couldn't keep an erection, wouldn't you be embarrassed? So just be cool and remember how much you care for her and how cool she is and how hard she's trying when other people don't try and just act like zombies or go berserk and freak everybody out. She's still herself but needs to get a bit of help to be back on track and support is just as important as medications. Her parents are trying hard too and wouldn't insist on the medication if they thought it wouldn't help. They love her too and if they didn't she wouldn't get any medical professional treatment. Take care and best of luck to both you guys. Answered by Shante Polinski 1 month ago.


Depakote ER side effects?
My boyfriend has seizures and so he has been on this medicine called depakote ER. Each pill has 500mg and he takes them twice a day. He also has a brain aneurysm. It started about a month ago where he has trouble speaking occasionally. He says that he knows what he wants to say but he cannot say it. Also, just... Asked by Eugenio Hannafin 1 month ago.

My boyfriend has seizures and so he has been on this medicine called depakote ER. Each pill has 500mg and he takes them twice a day. He also has a brain aneurysm. It started about a month ago where he has trouble speaking occasionally. He says that he knows what he wants to say but he cannot say it. Also, just recently I will be sitting with him and all of a sudden he will just stare off and he will not come out of it until I touch him or shake him. When I ask him about it he says he does not remember doing any of that. Both of these things are beginning to happen more and more frequently and he refuses to go to his doctor. Are these side effects from the pills that he is taking or could it be from his brain aneurysm? Please help - any information would be great. Thank you. Answered by Kimberely Kupferberg 1 month ago.

Most people who take Depakote ER don't have too much trouble with side effects. That's one of the reasons it's used so much. The most common complaints (usually not too severe) are: tiredness (sometimes with slower thinking) dizziness upset stomach vomiting tremor (shaking of the hands or other parts of the body) hair loss weight gain changes in behavior (depression in adults, irritability in children) If you notice any of these problems, call the doctor. Sometimes the doctor can help by changing the amount of Depakote ER prescribed. No one should stop taking Depakote ER or change the amount they take without their doctor's guidance. Stomach upset from Depakote ER may be less of a problem if the pills are taken on a full stomach. Stomach upset is more likely when another seizure medicine with similar side effects (for example, Tegretol) is also being used. Tremor (shaking of the hands or other body parts) tends to be worse when the level of Depakote ER in the blood is highest, 7 to 14 hours after the pills are taken. Anxiety or caffeine also may make it worse. Tremor may be less of a problem with Depakote ER than with regular Depakote, since the highest level of medicine in the blood usually is not quite as high. Weight gain affects 30% to 50% of people who take Depakote ER. It is more common in adult women but can affect anyone. The average gain for adults is 15 pounds. Exercise and a reduced-calorie diet can be very helpful. It's uncertain whether weight gain is greater when higher doses of Depakote ER are taken. Hair loss occurs in 5% to 10% of people who take Depakote ER. The hair almost always grows back after the Depakote ER is stopped, but it often has a different texture. (For example, it may grow in curly instead of straight.) People who have just started taking Depakote ER (or who have just started taking a larger amount) should be careful during activities that might be dangerous, until they know whether they are having any side effects. Allergic reactions Allergic reactions such as rashes are less common with Depakote ER than with most other seizure medicines. Even so, you should report any rash to the doctor or nurse right away, especially if treatment has just begun. It's rare for the rash to be serious, but don't ignore it. It's often necessary to switch to a different seizure medicine. A very small number of people who take Depakote ER develop life-threatening disorders. Long-term side effects Some people who have taken Depakote ER or other valproate medicines (such as Depakote) for many years have experienced bone loss and a few other disorders. Taking both calcium and vitamin D may help to prevent this kind of problem. Many doctors recommend a bone density test to identify which people need treatment for bone loss Answered by Terri Gidcumb 1 month ago.

A lot of those side effects go away. Answered by Kira Klimkowicz 1 month ago.


Depakote ER (divalproex )?????
what Depakote 500mg are for? Asked by Jeraldine Gebrayel 1 month ago.

Depakote was originally created as an anti-seizure drug until it was found to have mood stabilizing properties. Now it is often used as a front line treatment for Bipolar I disorder, in order to fight off manic symptoms. Be warned, this is a very serious drug, and one that I would not consider taking lightly. There are a number of severe possible side affects, many of which I have seen first hand. I would not recommend it at this dosage levels for an individual who does not suffer from numerous nights with little to no need for sleep, visual or auditory hallucinations, or feelings of invincibility leading to excessive spending or risk-taking. To me, this is a bit of a last resort. I have included in this post a source on depakote. Jason Hine MA, RC Therapist in Mountlake Terrace, Washington www.TerraceCounseling.com Answered by Talitha Cordle 1 month ago.

Divalproex and Depakote are exactly the same thing. As for the extended release I don't know. Call your doc and see if they have Divalproex in extended release forms. If this is to control seizures you need to do this as soon as possible. Answered by Tova Svatos 1 month ago.


Want to know more about the medicine depakote?
Asked by Stepanie Molon 1 month ago.

Depakote is an anti-convulsant, meaning it helps to prevent seizures from happening. We are not exactly sure how depakote works, but we think it works by acting on a main neurotransmitter in the brain called GABA. Depakote is used mainly for seizure prevention, but is also prescribed for migraine headaches, bipolar disorders, some sleep and anxiety disorders, and certain types of chronic pain. Depakote can cause fatal liver failure in small children, and birth defects if taken while pregnant. Even in adults, you should have liver function blood tests taken during the course of your treatment to make sure you are not experiencing problems. It's pretty rare, but it can also cause the pancreas to swell, which can lead to death. If you take depakote as prescribed, and with a full glass of water and have blood taken periodically, it is a fairly safe medication. Answered by Shad Hardina 1 month ago.

depakote er headache suppresants decreased the frequency of migraine. side effects: confusion, dizziness, headache, sedation, visual disturbances, hepatotoxicity, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, anorexia, constipation, diarrhea, hypersalivation, increased appetite, pancreatitis, rash, leukopenia, plonged bleeding time, thrombocytopenia, Answered by Efrain Delsordo 1 month ago.


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