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Plz help, need info on depakote?

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Old 07-15-2005, 02:23 AM   #1
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Plz help, need info on depakote?

Does it help you sleep. I need to find a mood stabilizer that helps me sleep. Most of the antipschotics seroquel, risperadal, zyprexa make my heart race and cause dangerous abnormal ekgs. seroquel helped me sleep great, but doctor said I had to come off of it, due to abnormal ekg. Lithium helped my moods but didn't help me fall asleep, just made me feel tired most of the time.

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Old 07-16-2005, 03:50 AM   #2
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Re: Plz help, need info on depakote?

according to our pharmist, it should make one very sleeppy
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Old 07-16-2005, 09:12 PM   #3
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Re: Plz help, need info on depakote?

I was on Depakote for a while, it's a great mood stabilizer, works great to control migraines, and does help you sleep. BUT...... I lost a lot of hair while taking it. and being a very vain 36 year old woman, I did not like losing my hair, so we switched to Topamax. Topamax will also help with sleep, but it has also been dubbed as the "stupid" drug. I only take 50 mg, but in higher doses, it can cause short term memory loss. IE: you forget where you put your car keys, you forget the names of people that you've known forever. I also found that on higher doses of Topamax, my taste sensations were really off and everything tasted like crap, especially carbonated beverages. All I could really taste was hot and spicy foods and salty foods. Really great for someone who is post-stroke with colitis. So the lower dose is best. Talk to your Doc I have been on a trial and error basis with my meds for almost 2 years now, and we are still playing with them. Kim

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