Attention Depakote/carbamezepine Users
A deficiency in the amino acid Carnitine has been associated with taking Valporic Acid. "Carnitine deficiencies in children may manifest as loss of muscle tone, failure to thrive, swelling in the brain, recurrent infections, hypoglycemia and heart disturbances" (Heal with Amino Acids by Sahley and Birkner). Carnitine may offer protection against Valporic Acid and carbamezepine drug toxicity. When you or your child's anticonvulsant, CBC with Differential, platlets, SGOT, SGPT, and Lipase levels are tested have your doctor include Carnitine-Total and Free levels to rule out a deficiency. Be sure your doctor is aware that only the L-Carnitine form of Carnitine is effective.