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I don't think that any drug should do that to a person. Take them back to the doctor immediately. They could be having a really bad side effect. Good luck and God Bless:) It doesn't sound like they are side effects. Sound a lot more like a stroke or severe TIA. I hope everything worked out OK. DO NOT GO OFF THIS DRUG WITHOUT CONSULTING WITH YOUR DOCTOR!!!! This medication is used for seizures and the delayed released tablets are used to control Bipolar disorder (manic depression.) Delayed-release tablets are also used to control the manic episodes--periods of abnormally high spirits and energy--that occur in bipolar disorder (manic depression). This drug (Depakote ER) is used to prevent migraine headaches. This medication should be taken with a full glass of water and with meals or a snack and pills should not be crushed or chewed! If you miss a dose then you can take it in the same day, but if you forget for the day DO NOT DOUBLE THE DOSE THE NEXT DAY! COMMON SIDE EFFECTS: (This does not mean you will have all of these side effects) If you find you are experiencing any unusual effects from this medication it is IMPORTANT you work with your doctor. Don't let it go on for weeks or months!!! Abdominal pain, abnormal thinking, breathing difficulty, bronchitis, bruising, constipation, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, emotional changeability, fever, flu symptoms, hair loss, headache, incoordination, indigestion, infection, insomnia, loss of appetite, memory loss, nasal inflammation, nausea, nervousness, ringing in the ears, sleepiness, sore throat, tremor, vision problems, vomiting, weakness, weight loss or gain. IMPORTANT: Medications are harder on the elderly with more than one side effects occurring and this is why is is VERY IMPORTANT to have an elderly person see their doctor and work with him/her while on this medication. This medication can be hard on the liver and pancreas, but if you work with your doctor and take blood tests this usually can be avoided. NEVER STOP THIS MEDICATION on your own and see your doctor IMMEDIATELY! The elderly can absorb even a small dose rapidly causing dizziness, fainting, etc., so it's important the doctor is informed at all times and that THE DOCTOR decides whether to lower the dose or try another medication. If this elderly person doesn't have a walker then I suggest you get them one. This will help them balance themselves. In some cases wheel chairs are even better. NEVER leave this person alone while on this medication or let them go somewhere alone (such as shopping.) I am sure you are trying to do all the right things and my advice was simply to help. Good luck! Depakote can cause elevated ammonia levels in certain individuals. The symptoms you have typed can be a result of this. Have his ammonia levels checked out.

2007-11-07 21:49:28
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