Depakote For Bipolar

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Lindsay Says:
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Ive been on depakote 125mg for a week. Ive had what feels like a severe panic attack for almost that whole week. I was just wondering, ive only been on it a week would it be ok to just stop, because i cant function like this. Its awful, and i never had this problem before taking this drug.

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Verwon Says:

Hello, Lindsay! How are you?

Anxiety can be a side effect of Depakote and most other similar medications. You may also experience dizziness, blurry vision, dry mouth and indigestion.

However, these side effects usually start to taper off after about 3 to 4 weeks, once your body gets used to the medication.

Have you consulted your doctor? They might be able to prescribe something temporarily to help with the anxiety.

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Carl Says:
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I have been taking divalproex sod er, twice a day 250mg, for 4 weeks. And I noticed my anxiety has gotten way worse. Did anyone else feel this way? What should I do?

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depression anxiety mom of 3 Says:

I've been wondering the same thing. Why is a medication my doctor gave me to "lower my peak (i can't remember the medical term), causing me more anxiety and panic? It seems to be making my Xanax ineffective. So now I have double the anxiety and jittery feelings. He also said to sprinkle some of the capsule on a teaspoon of yogurt or pudding, applesauce, instead of ingesting it. Anyone else been told to do this? He is on vacation of course, and I am thinking of just stopping this medication after 2 weeks. With the high level side effects (he didn't even bother to ask me if I plan to become pregnant) I don't think this is worth the risk if it's not helping me.

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Hey depression anxiety mom of 3. My name is Jason. I have been on antidepressants close to 20 years. In 2013 i started depakote 1000mg.My experience is that side effects usually go away in 2 to 3 weeks. Your wanting to have a child is definitely something yoh should speak to your doctor about. I have reduced my depakofe to 500mg daily about 1 week now. Feeling great and a bit more intelligent. My suggestion is talk to your doc first.

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