Depakote

Depakote is an anti-seizure medication used as a mood stabilizer in the treatment of bipolar disorder. It is also approved to treat epilepsy and migraines. It is available in different forms and dosages, including sprinkles, capsules, oral solutions and extended-release capsules.

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Strattera
Medication and Drugs
Depakote
Lexapro
Adderall

Are there interaction problems with Strattera Adderall Risperdal Lexapro and Depakote?

Interaction ProblemsOne of the main side effects from mixing certain drugs appears to be an increase in anger issues. Read on for more information:
  • My 5 1/2 yr. old son begins Strattera (10 mg. going to 20mg. after one week, depending) tomorrow. He is curently on Valproic Acid (Depacote) for a seizure disorder named Lennox-Gastaut. His neurologist suggested that if the Strattera turns out to be ineffective that Adderal is next. Because of his seizure disorder we have addressed his:

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.

  • I am 18. I have ADHD inattentive type, (aka ADD). I'm a very bright kid and if you met me in person, you couldn't tell. I tried switching from Adderall to Strattera for a summer between middle school and High School. It made me extremely irritable, paranoid and anxious. It appeared to be anger and irritability to my family. I went back to Adderall and felt much better. However, last year i went to see an ADHD specialist in my area and she prescribed a much smaller dose of Strattera (18mg for 1st week, followed by increasing the daily dose to 36mg) to be taken at night. This also helped my trouble sleeping. My previous dose was around 200mg per day, taken in the morning. Obviously WAY too much. Now on the smaller dose I feel much better. I still take 40mg of Adderall in the morning and 20mg in the afternoon. I can function normally and sleep more than 3-4 hours a night.
  • He's just a kid. Who's giving him all this stuff? Even just taking one of them can be dangerous. Check ritalindeath.com for information on how to take him off the stuff, what to do instead, and which other sites would come in handy.
  • My son was in to see the doctor yesterday and has been diagnosed with severe ADHD. I was wanting to put him on Strattera and was told that it only addresses part of the problem. I was told with my son Strattera would be great working in conjunction with Adderal or Ritlin. So that is likely why he is on both Adderal and Stratera. Hope that helps. We have tried about everything natural for my son. We were very nervous about meds. Now it has come to the point that his ADHD has caused him to be extremely depressed. Natural ways don't always work and sometimes medication is the only way to give these poor children a normal life. They deserve to be happy like all the other children.
  • My Nephew was on both Strattera and Adderall. It seemed to cause anger issues. Once the Strattera was removed, the anger dissolved.
  • I am 19 and have depression, anxiety, and panic disorders. I was taking Wellbutrin SR and Adderall. The Wellbutrin is for depression and I was taking it twice a day. The Adderall I began taking a few months ago after being diagnosed with Adult ADD. I noticed that I became immune (tolerant) to it and the doctor increased my dosage. Over the past month I have been a mess, EXTREMELY irritable, cannot concentrate on anything, feel "spaced out" all the time, horrible memory, etc. which made it very difficult to make and keep friends and do well in school. I finally went to the doctor today and he switched me to Wellbutrin XL, a higher dosage of Adderall (2x a day), and Strattera. My dad didn't like the idea that I was on so many meds and just did not understand it. I now see that Strattera is used WITH other meds and not alone. So it basically boosts the other meds. As for the Adderall and Strattera mixing, well, I was prescribed both, so it was not just you. I thought it was odd because I thought they were the same, but after reading several things on the internet I have found that it is normal to take it with other ADHD meds.
  • My son and daughter only take Strattera and it works great. I believe that the increased anger some people have noticed when used in conjunction with Adderall is not from the Strattera, but the Adderall, or more correctly from the combination therapy. I noticed that when my son took Straterra in conjunction with a Ritalin based product, he was wildly hyper, and I believe the same to be basically true for Adderall. The Ritalin based products my children were taking needed dosage increases every 3 months consistently, which I believe to be necessary because the body adjusts to the meds so a higher dosage is needed to get the same results. Adderall is the same. In the evening hours when Ritalin based products would wear off my children were especially hyperactive (even more so than before they started meds) and decreasing the dosage caused withdrawal symptoms. This pattern of Highs, Lows, and withdrawal symptoms tells me that these drugs are addictive. I stopped giving him the stimulant drug altogether and kept him on Strattera only and within a day he was normal again. I would not recommend combining Strattera with Adderall or a Ritalin based product. But, after a year of Straterra following a year of a Ritalin based product, I could not recommend any stimulant even taken alone.
  • I have a 15 year old son that takes Risperdal and Strattera. It seems to be working at the present time. He has OCD, ADHD and a tic disorder.
  • My son is eight and has ADHD. Please note although Risperdal is widely prescribed for children. It is NOT, I repeat, NOT approved for use in children by the manufacturer, Janssen. Closed clinical trials, those required by the FDA to approve efficacy have not been done for children. Respirdal can cause certain serious and potentially permanent side effects in children and adults. Go to www.risperdal.com for more info. I have switched psychiatrists because he wanted to combine Adderall and Risperdal. The Adderall appears to work. Also note that the prescribed dose for Strattera is 1.2 mg per kilo of weight. He also got that wrong. Bottom line, in my opinion, go to the manufacturer's website for the best info.
  • I only take Adderall and Strattera. The closer I take Adderall with Strattera, the stronger my bad symptoms: I experience indigestion and severe nausea. I was able to solve this by taking Strattera at night and Adderall in the morning. I haven't been aware of other symptoms or decreased effectiveness.
  • My son is 10 and has been on Metadate CD for 3 years for ADD. It worked well, with the exception of reduced appetite, stomach sensitivity, and difficulty focusing on homework in the late afternoon/early evening. This summer we switched to Strattera (40 mg 1Xday). It helped minimize some other symptoms of mild anxiety (he is doing more independently); however, it doesn't seem to do enough to address the focus deficit. His Dr. prescribed a combination of Strattera (40 mg) and Adderall XR 10 mg in the am, plus Adderall (Amphetamine Salts 5 MG) 1-2 tablets around 4:00 pm if needed for homework. I've looked on line for info on the combination, and haven't had much luck other than a recommendation to take the Adderall in the am and the Strattera in the pm. Any advice or warnings would be appreciated.
  • Mothers and caregivers are very perceptive and not all treatments are going to work for all children. When your child is having a bad reaction to a single medication or combination therapy, do not hesitate to phone your doctor and voice your concerns:

    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.

  • Another useful piece of advice may be to ask for partial month supplies of the more expensive C-II's (controlled drugs such as amphetamines). Some manufacturers offer trials and you can get these on line or from your doctor. Strattera is not a C-II, so when you go to the pharmacy, you can ask them to give you a partial fill. In this way, if the medication works, you can still get the remainder, but if it doesn't work your pocket will not sustain the loss. In the case of C-II's, you can ask for a smaller quantity, but you will not be able to get the remainder.
  • I agree that this seems like an awful lot of medication for a child this young, but I also agree that it is your decision that matters most and how much you trust his doctor. My son is 9 and on Lexapro only. I was worried at first with this med because the manufacturer specifically says that it is not for children under a certain age, which included his age. So I was like why are they giving him this? Well it has worked great for him, no side effects except sleepiness when he first started it. Plus we have a great psych doc that I also see and my so does my 15 year-old. You could also discuss all these meds being prescribe together with your pharmacist-they are a good source of information about drugs and interactions. You could also get a second opinion. But some of these drugs are high risk and your son should be watched closely. I also posted an answer to your question with my use of Adderall and Strattera as an adult.
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What are the effects of Depakote on a person misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder?

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

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Steroids

What is pantoprazole sod 40mg?

Typically it is seen as a medication prescribed for stomach ulcers.

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What drug category is depakote classified in?

its an anticonvulsant used 4 seizures but is also commonly used 4 bipolar mania

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Endocrine System
Thyroid
Hypothyroidism

Could taking Depakote long term cause under-active thyroid?

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.
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Prozac
Migraine Headaches
Antidepressants
Antipsychotics

Is it safe to take Prozac Depakote and Risperdal together?

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.

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Ibuprofen
Painkillers
Anti-Inflammatories

Can Ibuprofen be taken with Depakote?

Yes.

I think.

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Does Depakote have any side effects on the skin such as dark pigmentation spots on the face or sensitivity to the sun?

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

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General Educational Development (GED)

Can a person with bipolar pass the GED?

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.

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Depakote
Migraine Headaches
Headaches

Is 2500 mg a day too much depakote for depression and headaches?

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.

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Is 2000 Mg's a day too much for Depakote?

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.

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Depakote
Benzodiazepines
Ativan

How does Ativan work?

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.

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Migraine Headaches

Is depakote a barbiturate?

no
Depakote is classified in what drug category

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Migraine Headaches

Can Depakote cause weight gain?

Yes, weight gain is a frequently reported side effect of Depakote.

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What is the standard dose of Depakote prescribed for someone with bipolar disorder?

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.

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Drug Interactions
Xanax
Painkillers
Methadone
Benzodiazepines

Can mixing methadone and xanax and depakote be dangerous?

Yes, this is a dangerous combination of drugs to take. You should consult your physician before taking any mixture of medications.

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Adderall
Migraine Headaches
Psychostimulants

Can you mix Adderall and Depakote?

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.

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Migraine Headaches
Drug Side Effects

Can you take depakote with citalopram without harmful side effects?

I am currently taking both of these medications together and other than being tired all the time I am fine

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Cough and Cold Medicine

Is it safe to use depakote with NyQuil?

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.

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Migraine Headaches

Why does Depakote make you shake or tremble?

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.

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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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Depakote
Adderall
Migraine Headaches
Psychostimulants
ADD-ADHD Non-Stimulant Medication

Can you take Depakote Respiridal Strattera and Adderall together?

For common drug interactions, visit:

http://www.drugdigest.org/DD/Interaction/ChooseDrugs/1,4109,,00.html

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.

~ T

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What happens when you stop taking depakote?

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.

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How does depakote help when the person is diagnosed having schizophrenia and not bipolar?

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.

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What is Depakote and how does it work?

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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.

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depakote is also used for seisure control,the shaking of Parkinsons disease and also the leg cramps and pain of nerve damage due to Diabetes

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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.

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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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How much is depakote worth on the streets?

About five years in prison.

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