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Dr just rx'd this. I have it sitting here. After reading the warning sheet... I'm kind of scared to start it. 250mg to start then up to 500mg in a week.

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As with all meds,YMMV. Some people don't have any side effects at all. Some have a few, but not enough to convince them to stop taking it. The most common complaint is weight gain. I took it two times, both times for migraine: The first time I took it I lost 65 lbs. The second time I took it, I gained 40. So you see even your own body can respond differently at different times.

 

Unfortunately, it's a balancing act. Try the medication, don't go looking for trouble before there actually is a problem. If there *is* a problem, you stop (under pdoc supervision). But if in the end it *does* work, you might have missed a real opportunity. Depakote helps a lot of people, many on this board.

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Depakote has REALLY helped me, I'm on 1500 mg, I gained 25 lbs on it but I've also been on other meds too, so I don't know who the culprit was.

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I'm interested in this too! My pdoc wants to start Depakote next month! All I hear is weight gain and losing hair! I'll take both as I'm under weight and I lose my hair anyway from other meds I've been on. If it works.....I'll take it! 

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So, so helpful for me.  I gained 15 lbs because of the med (I was hungry), then I gave up and gained another 15. I think I can lose some of that if I just accept that cheese is not a food group.  (Even so, it's not outrageous; I am still right on the line.) 

 

No hair loss, no depression (I also take Lamictal).  Blood checks are no big thing.  Supposed to be great for cycling/mixed states, and for me it's true; I had been only partially responsive to lithium and APs, for years.

 

crtclms is right; it's an experiment, not a tattoo. I remember staring down that first lithium pill like it was a little snake in the palm of my hand.  Just work closely with your doctor.

 

Good luck!

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Thanks. I am primarily in Mixed State. I hope I don't lose weight... I am barely 100lbs as is. I just have a lot of other health issues... so worried about any conflicts there. Mainly a heart condition and I have a pacemaker. .

...deep breathe and.... go... down the hatch....

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indy77 - I am right there with you. Started Depakote 4 days ago at a dose of 250.  Will bump it up to 500 after a week and after calling my Dr. first.  My current meds are in my sig.  right now.  We are doing an overhaul since I not only have mixed states, but am an ultra rapid cycler.  Things aren't working right now ( they have been Hellish), so it will be changing things up slowly (meds) for a few months and into the psych's office every 2 weeks slowly tweaking with each med to see what is working.

 

I feel your apprehension and are just as nervous as you are.  I hope it works for you.

 

All I want is to feel good and keep my hair... too much to ask? :)

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I was given depakote pat a crisis pdoc appt with my HMO. He told me to. Keep goi g up and I would know when to stop. He was right. I think the dose was about 900 but I am not sure. It worked wonders and brought me back down quickly. I couldn't ha dale the stomach distress, sleepiness and tremors. I stayed on it. Long enough to get stable and then went off.

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Robably didn't. Ick with it long enough to give it a fair chance.

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I take 1500mg and it's been a bit of a wonder drug for me. Very effectively brought me down from a severe manic episode when I started it, and helped me pull out of the inevitable depression that followed when it was then increased.

 

As far as side effects go, then I've had some minor weight gain, but I could afford that. I do keep thinking my hair might be a thinner but that might just be because I know it can happen, it's certainly not noticeable. Doesn't dull me and make me flat in the way AP's did, though it does make me need more sleep than I used to, so I have to have a nap in the middle of the day. But that's an easy thing to adjust to given the immense benefits I'm experiencing.

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It's different for everyone, but for me it was a horrible experience. I was on 1,500mg and I was constantly running to the toilet with upset stomachs and I experienced a lot of hair loss. I was really out of it at that point and I can't remember if it actually helped me, but I was taken off of it because of the side effects.

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It slowed and lessoned the severity of my rapid cycling enough to stay on it for months despite a lot of side effects. I eventually bailed for Tegretol which worked better for me.

 

Depakote is the first line med for rapid cycling and mixed states. It is really good medicine for a lot of people. Give it a sincere trial before you decide how it will work for you. Some of the side effects wear off. For example, hair loss was one of the ones that went away for me.

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Depakote is great for rapid cycling, however, I tend to end up in mixed states on it, and I want off it. It was the first mood stabilizer tried for my bipolar disorder (type 1, rapid cycling psychosis) when I was 17 and it drove me into mixed madness.

 

I know people that swear by it. It'll knock off my mania fast. Combined with other medications I'm pretty good, but the mixed episodes still push their way through.

 

The side effects aren't that bad. I don't notice any. I know a lot of people are worried about this med and side effects, but if taken properly, monitored by a doctor, the side effects should be minimal. 

 

Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV). 

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Thanks. I am still nervouse about it. I'm giving it a try... and reallly trying not to trick my mind into thinking I am having side effects.... I think I am most nervous how this will affect mu heart over time. I have a congenital heart arrythmia, with pacemaker. And pstd from after I had my son. ( septic; hemorrage; pe...almost died) so new health things freak me a bit...

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I would second giving it a fair trial. When I started I had no SEs and everything was smooth. After some time I started putting on weight (or maybe it was there all the time and I didn't notice until my pants got too tight.) I also had something my pdoc called "core imbalance" - I would fall over. This developed over time, so I think you will have plenty of time to see how you do on it. I didn't lose any hair. I was on 1000mg.

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Depakote was great at squashing my mixed states, but made me gain 40 pounds in two months. Both the doctor and I decided to nix it before I became noncompliant. I know many people it has done wonders for, though.

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I take 750mg/day as maintenance for my BP-II/NOS.  It kicks the shit right out of my depression and I don't hear hide nor hair from the depression unless I fuck up my dosing for too long.  I can apparently still flip into dysphoric hypomania while on it (I did back in March) but fortunately the warning signs were caught early and it only took a week of IP treatment to get me back on track.

 

When I first started taking it, I had a bit of gastric upset as a side effect, but that went away after a couple weeks.  I have slightly increased acne as an on-going side effect.  It slowed down my metabolism but I'm on an awful goodly sized dose of Concerta which seems to balance out my metabolism.

 

No extra hair loss, no drastic weight gain.  It's the second mood stabilizer I ever tried and I consider myself lucky.

 

Also, I moved this to the mood stabilizer forum.

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Thanks. I am still nervouse about it. I'm giving it a try... and reallly trying not to trick my mind into thinking I am having side effects.... I think I am most nervous how this will affect mu heart over time. I have a congenital heart arrythmia, with pacemaker. And pstd from after I had my son. ( septic; hemorrage; pe...almost died) so new health things freak me a bit...

I am now a week in.  Will call Pdoc tomorrow and then up dose to 500.  We are going slow I think because I am on other stuff.  So far so good. hair is still intact.  Some funky ass dreams. Head feels a little clearer.  Still cycling, but mixed is less.  Pretty much no significant side effects at this point, but I am only on 250mg and dropping Seroquel dose as well.  Perhaps you and I can keep in touch since we both started at same time.  Hang in there.

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I already have weight issues and started on this drug 2 months ago. It stopped my rapid cycling immediately but I will have to keep an eye on the weight. Other than that concern I am happy with it.

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man oh man.  4 days at 500mg. still cycling... really depressed and suicidal today... have to give it all time. I suppose.

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