20 Aug 2009
Are you taking it for mania?
If so this sight may be useful. http://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar/2008/08/bipolar-medication-spotlight-depakote-valproic-acid/
It is difficult to predict how long it will take for you to feel benefits from Depakote. Therapeutic levels of Depakote need to be reached in your blood.
When taking Depakote you need to maintain blood levels at a therapeutic level below the level of toxicity. If your Depakote level dips below its therapeutic level, the drug may become less effective. If it rises too high, the drug can become toxic, causing possible damage to the pancreas or liver. Always follow your dosage instructions.
- Depakote Information for Consumers
- Depakote Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Depakote (detailed)
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A patient needs, and is under, 250 mg of Depakote twice a day. If shift to Depakote ER is desired, what should the dose be then, 250 ER or 500 mg ER?
3 answers • 19 Dec 2009
my doctor had just put me on depakote and i was wondering how long does it take to come in affect to where i will notice a difference?
4 answers • 10 Mar 2010
I have been on Depakote ER now for a week.
1 answer • 5 Oct 2011
I have seizure like symptoms with a clean CT scan and EEG I was told to try Depakote by my doctor. I have been taking it for almost a week now and am ...
1 answer • 18 Nov 2014
just wondering if I can take my entire dose (only 500mg) at night instead of 250 ER BID because it makes me drowsy when taken twice
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