Is Depakote a bad drug?

Side effects of Depakote and Depakote ER can be serious and sometimes deadly. Depakote side effects include liver damage, life-threatening pancreatitis, suicidal thoughts, and blood and metabolic disorders. When women take Depakote during pregnancy, their children have a higher risk of birth defects.

What patients should not use Depakote?

Who should not take DEPAKOTE?

  • high amount of ammonium in the blood.
  • low amount of albumin proteins in the blood.
  • hereditary liver metabolism disorder.
  • decreased blood platelets.
  • suicidal thoughts.
  • depression.
  • organic mental disorder.
  • liver problems.

Is Depakote a psychotic drug?

Depakote is an anticonvulsant and Abilify is a psychotropic drug (antipsychotic).

How will Depakote make me feel?

A: Common side effects experienced with Depakote include drowsiness, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, low platelet count, tremors, tiredness, and hair loss. The side effects may be mild to moderate, but they may also be signs of a more serious condition.

Does Depakote help anger?

Valproic Acid/Depakote® may be helpful for decreasing severe anger and mood lability, that does not respond to antidepressants. Also not FDA approved for use in dementia.

What does Depakote do to the brain?

Divalproex sodium works by increasing the amount of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. The body produces GABA naturally. It is a chemical neurotransmitter — or brain messenger. Faster than normal electrical impulses in the brain can cause erratic impulses.

Does Depakote help with anger?

Can Depakote cause personality changes?

Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), including Depakote, increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior in patients taking these drugs for any indication. Tell your doctor if you have new or worsening depression, suicidal thoughts or behavior, and/or any unusual changes in mood or behavior.

How often does a Depakote level need to be checked?

Monitor Depakote levels, liver function tests, and CBC with diff every 3-6 months.