200 mg lamicital
400 mg Topamax
45 m buspirone
Has this combination worked for anyone?
I've been on 1500 mg Depakote for almost 18 years. I used it with Zyprexa for 15 years (added Abilify temporarily in 2010 to handle a sudden deep depression but stopped that after a year). Since summer 2011 I've been on Depakote 1500 mg with Latuda 40 mg.
The Depakote/Zyprexa combo caused a100 lb weight gain in less than 8 months. It was the Zyprexa that did it. The combo worked great though so I stayed with it till other nasty dangerous side effects crept up like pre diabetic metabolic changes. Took out Zyprexa, lost 110 lbs and kept it off the past 11 years with no struggle. My wonderful current pdoc started the Latuda when it came out. It's the same class as Zyprexa (atypical antipsychotic) without any of the side effects and it works equally well on 1/5th the amount. I've been stable, happy, and thin (93 lbs) on Depakote + Latuda for 2-1/2 years and don't plan to ever mess with this success.
The Latuda seems to work for me as both an antidepressant and mood stabilizer, as did the Zyprexa, and Depakote is the only mood stabilizer that worked for me with absolutely no side effects. Be sure if you're on the generic Depakote to find out which formula you're on and stay with the one that works - make sure the pharmacy never switches on you. There are 2 forms of generic Depakote and they are NOT the same chemical makeup in any way. One is Divalproex Sodium, the other is Valproaic Acid, which has some tough side effects neither the original nor the Divalproex Sodium have. I'm allergic to the Valproaic Acid too and nearly died when the pharmacist substituted it without telling me. I love this combo and don't plan to ever switch. Oh, and the ER (extended release) version of Depakote works best for me.
I hope you enjoy the success I have with Depakote. Keep us informed how you're doing.
- Depakote Information for Consumers
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- Side Effects of Depakote (detailed)
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