1. Seizures w/Valproic 2. Sleep Disorder w/Benadryl
Now we find ourselves with a seizure-free, full-night sleeping child that has a 5-10 second attention span. I'll let you know how the Strattera works.
you must be the one to sound the alarm! If your doctor dismisses your concerns, you
are wise to get a second opinion...or third, fourth...whatever it takes until you and
your child are satisfied. Most physicians want happy patients and caregivers. They are human and can only make determinations based on the limited information they have when deciding what may work. Many times, it is "trial and error." Until optimal
dosage(s) and choices of medication(s) are reached, the control issues are difficult
for the family as well as the physician. Keep really good records: make a log of your
observations of your child (including teachers' and others' observations) and how the
symptoms relate to the time of day, how long after administration of the medication,
and your own personal rating scale. Your intuition and "red flag alarms" need to be
trusted. The more objective data you can offer to the physician by phone and during
office visits, the faster you will get the results you need. When others comment about the direction you have chosen for your child, whether "natural" or with FDA approved medications, remember that you are the boss and you "know best." Then, give their criticisms the few minutes they deserve and forget about them. They do not walk in your shoes. Any time you or your children experience a side effect from any medication, you are encouraged to call the FDA at: 1-800-FDA-1088.
Well, for starters..if you feel like you were misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder then you really need to talk to your dr. Depakote is a very strong medication, and if you don't need it then you shouldn't take it. That's like someone taking medicine for high blood pressure when they don't even have hypertension. Depakote is used for many things like migraines, bipolar disorder, and to control seizures in people with epilepsy. I have taken Depakote since I was 15 and am now 25 and never had any "severe" side effects. I did have some sensitivity to sunlight in the beginning and some drowsiness, but those symptoms passed once the medicine got in my system and my levels were where they were supposed to be. You really should talk to your dr though and just explain to him/her that you feel like you were misdiagnosed. Hope this helps some:)
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Also, you could have a lesion in the right temporal lobe have you ever had any neurologist test you for epilepsy, this is another disorder for which depakote is prescribed.. Often behavioral symptoms coming from righ temp lobe are misdiagnosed as stemming from manic depression and then one can be prescribed lithium which wont work--but Depakote does. Tgretol also may work, but its best to stick with what you know --and where the side effects are bearable-- rather than try a new med and risk bad discomfort. I have been thru all this.
Symptoms from lef temporal lobe can be misdiagnosed as schizophrenia. Yerachmiel
Typically it is seen as a medication prescribed for stomach ulcers.
its an anticonvulsant used 4 seizures but is also commonly used 4 bipolar mania
There are reported incidents of abnormal thyroid lab results in patients taking valproate sodium (Depakote). Physicians often do frequent thyroid testing on patients taking valproate sodium.
For appropriate diagnosis, treatment and prevention of headache disorders, seek the help of a board certified headache specialist.---------AnswerMost likely. I have been on Depakote and Dilantin for over 30 years. I have no thyroid activity. I have to take a daily supplement.
I have both epilepsy and a type of autism called Asperger's Syndrome. For the epilepsy I take the 500mg depakote. I also take the 1mg risperdal pill for controlling my attitude and help prevent anxiety. Taking both together gives me no problems with them interacting together. Another medication I'm on for anxiety is the 20mg pill Lexapro and it has no interactions with the other 2. To be sure that your medications are safe together though, make sure that all your doctors know what drugs you are on, and ask them about possible side effects.
I have taken Depakote for almost 9 years with no side affects other some sunlight sensitivity after first starting to take the drug for bipolar manic-depression treatment. Depakote can affect the liver. A blood test for checking liver function is usually recommended. Talk to your doctor or pharamacist if you have any side affect concerns.
the only skin affected side effects are: Rash, alopceia(hair loss), sensitvity to sun, and dry skin. this drug may also make you more prone to buising also according to my nursing drug handbook
I don't see why not. If that bi polar person learns how to control their emotions and focus on one thing at a time, everything should be fine.
You probably should talk to your doctor about how much medication you should have and what the MAX amount is that you could take, just to be safe. Everybody is different, so when it comes to medical things, its probably best to take it safe than to make a guess.
It depends on what you're taking Depakote for. What is considered a theraputic dose for epilepsy isn't what is theraputic for Manic Depression.
Ativan is a benzodiazepine (Xanax, Valium, Librium, etc.) It acts by binding tightly to GABAA receptors in the brain (the same ones stimulated by alcohol) which potentiates the inhibitory effect of the available GABA, leading to sedatory and anxiolytic effects. GABA is actually an amino acid that is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in humans. It controls excitability/relaxation and also muscle tone (which is why Valium is sometimes prescribed for muscle spasms). Basically, Ativan wraps tightly around these GABA receptors and elicits a sense of well-being and lowers anxiety mimicking and enhancing the body's neurotransmiiters that control stress and anxiety at these receptors. (Ativan is also used for seizures but I'm not sure about the pharmokinetics there.) == == I do not know the chemical or scientific way that ativan works. I take it when I am having severe anxiety or panic attacks. It slows down my thinking process enough for me to handle what is happening. About 20 minutes after I take it I am so calm that I usually go to sleep, though. (Think happy, drooling stages) I also take klonapin, another anxiety medicine on an as-needed basis. It isn't nearly as strong as Ativan, so I take that at work instead. I can't tell you how many times Ativan has saved my life, literally. Sorry I don't have a technical answer for you.
Depakote is classified in what drug category
Yes, weight gain is a frequently reported side effect of Depakote.
Your psychiatrist will start with a very low dosage and then slowly increase it until the right dosage is found, i.e. the least amount that will be effective. For some people it is as low as 500 or 750mg. For many it is 1000 or 1500mg. Note that this is not a medication you should self-prescribe. It can be very dangerous in some circumstances. Most people do not have serious side effects but some people do, including life-threatening seizures and permanent liver damage. A doctor can minimize the danger. Experimenting with dosage on your own would be extremely hazardous. Even under medical supervision you do not start or stop Depakote suddenly.
Yes, this is a dangerous combination of drugs to take. You should consult your physician before taking any mixture of medications.
There are no documented problems with ADDERALL and DEPAKOTE so far. HOWEVER, you should check with your doctor before you take the following with Adderall: Benadryl and Chlor-Trimeton; MAO inhibitors; Fruit juices and xtra vitamin C; Procardia and other high blood pressure meds; Lithium;; Major tranquilizers-- Haldol,,Thorazine,, (psychotropic meds); Demerol-- (narcotic pain med); Dilantin, Phenobarbitol; Tofranil;. Adderall XR (indicates TIME RELEASE) don't crush, chew, or cut in half. In a totally different class of meds you have Depakote. The biggest worry about Depakote is LIVER FUNCTIONS. Regular blood tests are needed. Depakote and Adderall XR are both good medications. You should talk with your prescribing doctor if you have worries about them. You should not drink citrus juice when you take your dose of Adderall in the morning. It slows the way your body metabolizes the med. Foods and drugs that make your stomach/intestinal tract acidic may decrease absorption of Adderall. A partial listing of these items includes: fruit juices, reserpine, sodium acid phosphate, vitamin C, guanethidine. Drugs that make your stomach/intestinal tract basic (alkaline) may increase absorption of Adderall. A partial listing of these include: sodium bicarbonate, acetazolamide. You should talk with your pharamcist, or doctor if you have concerns about your meds.
I am currently taking both of these medications together and other than being tired all the time I am fine
All i can speak from is personal experience...and all of my health care professionals have suggested NOT taking any other drug/substance that can increase the liklihood of becoming sleepy. For me it hightens the chance of seizure activity. I'd say if you can at all help it stay away from all night time drugs.
My wife had the symptom of shake, tremble, fall to floor, walk slowly, cannot control the urine after took Depakote for two years. I discuss with doctor to stop the use of this medicine. After stopping this medicine, all of the symptom went away.
I'm sure it all depends on what she was taking it for. I take the 500mg pill twice a day for epilepsy. I have no problems with urine but with the medication making me tired and drowsy, I have a hard time standing still in a perfect position and can't stay still on 1 foot in more than 3 to 5 seconds. Whenever I'm standing still on both legs I get feelings like I'm rocking back and forth as if I can't stay perfectly still due to the pill making me tired and drowsy.
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There, you can "plug in" different drugs and find out if there are any known interactions.
You really need to ask a pharmacist to be sure. Don't gamble with drugs, drug combinations or your health. Call your local drug store. They'll be glad to assist.
Depakote has two main uses that I know of. It is used to suppress seizures and it is also used as a mood stabilizer in people with bipolar disorder.
One of two things could happen depending on why a person is taking this medication.
First of all, no matter what the medication is being used for and a person quits taking it suddenly, they will experience withdrawal symptoms. It is very important to taper off of Depakote!!!!!!!!!
Some of the symptoms could be life threatening if a person quits taking it suddenly! A doctor should definitely be consulted when titrating down off of a medication. Sometimes this has to be done slowly over a long period of time.
If that person is taking Depakote for seizures and doesn't replace Depakote with another anti-seizure medication, they may have seizures again.
If they are taking it as a mood stabilizerr for bipolar disorder, and Depakote is not replaced with another mood stabilizer, they will be begin to have mood swings. Depending on the specific diagnosis, they may also have psychotic episodes.
diagnosis can be subjective
chances are if pt is perscribed depakote and anti psychotic meds the pt is schizoaffective ie having problems with schizophenia and mood. Often times signs and sx of schizophenia cause distress that depakote can help even out mood swings relatied to those s/sx. There are also other medical uses for depakote other than mental health.
Depakote (Divalproex) is a anti-convulsant. It is usually prescribed for persons who are Bipolar(Manic Depression), or a similar illness. It is sometimes prescribed for people who experience chronic migraine headaches.Answer
depakote is also used for seisure control,the shaking of Parkinsons disease and also the leg cramps and pain of nerve damage due to DiabetesAnswer
Depakote is believed to work by enhancing the actions of natural brain chemical, GABA gamma amminobutyric acid. Gaba is a neurotransmitter that carries messages between brain nerve cells. Gaba inhibits the transmission of these signals and it reduces nervous excitation.
It also treats other conditions like anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, preventing migraine headaches, and reducing chronic pain, neuropathic pain.
It can make you gain serious weight. But that is one of the most common side effects, and reasons why most people stop taking it. You should get regular blood tests while taking Depakote, to monitor liver function, and blood cells. Skin and hair problems are common. Hair loss is common too.Answer
Depakote is a medication used to treat several things. Treating mania associated with bipolar disorder, to treat complex partial seizures and absence seizures in epilepsy, and for prevention of migraine headaches, panic disorder, rages/aggression. Anticonvulsants can be used to treat other painful conditions such as, postherpetic neuralgia. They are also used to treat chronic pain, the exact way in which they reduce the pain is not known, they may block the flow of pain signals from the central nervous system. How it works with bipolar disorder is that it's a mood stabalizer. It increases the amount of GABA in the brain. When you nerve signals and receptors are not regulated properly by the natural chemical in the brain called GABA your nerve cells can't communicate with each other. When GABA is released in the brain, it acts as a stabalizer keeping the coating on the cells, allowing them to communicate and not get over stimulated. Depakote prevents a breakdown of GABA in the brain. Allowing more stability for nerve cell communication. Basically GABA is a natural calming chemical,it helps keep your brain cells functioning properly. If your GABA levels are low, or
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