My 17 year old niece has been having anxiety recently, she went to a 24 hour clinic and they gave her .5mg of zanax and 500mg of depakote?? she is a small thing under 100lbs, i guess im just worried that it will be to much for her. Please advise.
Wow, the depakote might knock her out until she gets used to it. Seems like they'd just give her xanax to start with. I looked up the peds dosing for depakote and its within the recommended amount, for that matter. If I were her, I'd try just the xanax, then if she's ok, start the depakote, I prefer to start new meds one at a time anyway.
I agree with the response above, EXCEPT that I would start with the depakote because xanax is habit forming to say the least. It is extremely traumatic to go off of.
I don't see that Depakote is a treatment for anxiety, but if it will help anxiety and may be used for anxiety off-label, I would start with that one. Unless she is bipolar and that it is a treatment for that.
And I sincerely hope that she will be provided counseling as well. Medications are not the greatest answer for anxiety.
Hi nenag. She might want to cut it half if the whole tablet is too much. She might want to get pill crusher it is sold in pharmacies it is usually blue.
Here is the link full of information.
The correct spelling is Xanax not Zanax.
Depakote I'm not sure about this one normally it causes weight gain. https://www.drugs.com/depakote.html
Being that she is so small and only 17 perhaps she should have been started on .25mg xanax instead of .50. The depakote dose actually sounds pretty low... I took depakote at age 15 for bipolar type 2 and I was on 1250mg per day. I gained over 40 pounds in one year... I would question whether the depakote will be beneficial to her... its not a very nice med.
Hello Nina. I suggest (my point of view) that she take neither. Shes only 17. I would have her take a drug such as Paxil, or another SSRI. They do work well, and are apt not to be as habit forming as a benzodiazepine and in some ways, more comfortable to be on and when the time arrives to either cut back or stop taking, that much easier to do so and it also eliminates the need for the Depakote. Regards, pledge
I don't take Depakote for anxiety, but I do take it for bipolar and seizure disorders. I have been on Depakote for over 30 years. At the beginning, there was some weight gain, but it meant more to me to have my seizures & bipolar symptoms under control. I had tried a myriad of drugs, and I literally had run out of options. I forced myself onto a strict diet that keeps my calorie count down to about 1600 calories a day. I'm 5'3", weigh 115 pounds, and am currently on 1500 mg. a day. Approx. 10 years ago, however, my metabolism changed radically and my dose was increased to 4,000 mg. a day just to keep me at therapeutic level.
I eventually went in the a seizure center for a week to stop Depakote "cold turkey." That was tough because of the seizures and the bipolar symptoms hitting at the same time; but after that week, my metabolism "reset" itself, and I was able to go down to 1500 mg. again, and have stayed at that level ever since. I have to say for myself, Depakote is the ONLY drug that I can take. Even the generics don't work for me, so I end up paying mega bucks for it. Everyone has their own level with Depakote; if it works, it works. If it doesn't, move on to something else - but at least give it time to see if it will work for you.
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