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I drank for a while on Depakote, until I couldn't deal with the emotional instability from the alcohol.  I felt like I had more tolerance and no hangovers.  On the other hand, I had a skin biopsy during this period, and I bled like crazy.  Liver tests came back within normal range, but I still wonder if it would've happened without the extra abuse.

I found that Depakote helped to focus my scattered mind, so it may help you with intrusive thoughts.  It's not an unalloyed treat; it's all too sobering, sometimes, and I have gained some weight, not much, but I'm not sure it's over.  But it brought me down from a genuinely ugly mixed state, and now my pdoc won't take me off of it.

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I refused Valproate-family treatment for fear of liver damage (excuse to pdoc: "I'm already on Cymbalta!").  Not like I was going to tell her I was a freakin' alcoholic at the time. =P  Then she suggested lithium.  Then I suggested Lamictal.  So I'm on Lamictal now. =D

BTW, it's interesting that they're putting you on Depakote given that you're already on Seroquel and Topamax.  Those not helping much?

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