It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Epilepsy Message Board

  • Dilantin, Depakote and Weight Gain

  • Post New Thread   Closed Thread
    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Old 02-25-2003, 02:59 PM   #1
    SEJ's Avatar
    Join Date: Feb 2003
    Location: High Bridge, NJ, USA
    Posts: 2
    SEJ HB User
    Question Dilantin, Depakote and Weight Gain

    My story is fairly common, from what I've read so far. I have JME and was on Dilantin from ages 14 - mid-30's and on Depakote from mid-30's to now (age 44). Although I've struggled with weight issues all my life (I am also taking Synthroid for hypothyroidism), the weight gain became really uncontrollable when I started taking Depakote. I honestly don't know if it causes a slower metabolism, increased appetite, lethargy, or a combination of all three. My neurologist tried to switch me to Topamax several months ago, but I had not yet transitioned completely over when I started having problems. (I am, at least, well-controlled on Depakote.) Has anybody with JME made a transition from Depakote to another medication successfully and managed to lose weight?

    As a side note: A cousin of mine was taking Depakote for bi-polar disorder and also gained alot of weight (approx 100 lbs) in a year. Once he went off the Depakote, the weight came off.

    Sponsors Lightbulb
    Old 02-25-2003, 03:29 PM   #2
    Junior Member
    Utahmom's Avatar
    Join Date: Sep 2002
    Location: Bountiful, Utah, USA
    Posts: 16
    Utahmom HB User

    My son has been on Depakote for seven years and is as skinny as a rail - 5 foot 4 inches and weighs 90 lbs...don't know if Depakote might affect women differently from men or whether weight gain might happen after a person has matured...

    Mother of 15 year old son, Jared, born with Hydrocephalus and takes Depakote for seizures.
    Mother of 17 year old son, Jared, born with Hydrocephalus and takes Depakote for seizures.

    Old 05-09-2003, 07:09 PM   #3
    unhopeful's Avatar
    Join Date: May 2003
    Location: jamestown tn
    Posts: 5
    unhopeful HB User

    i take dilian for my serizers and they do control my life i can no longer work can't be alone for long periods of time i have them daily and i can't remember anything and it takes me a day to recover from them and it's hard becouse the state expects me to work and i have had my driving lic. taken away cause my serizers are so bad. i know what you are going through
    rosetta brooks

    Closed Thread

    Related Topics
    Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
    On Depakote for 10 yrs thinking about Trileptal for weight loss jgr01 Bipolar Disorder 5 04-15-2008 08:17 AM
    geodon versus depakote nitsie Bipolar Disorder 2 10-23-2007 06:21 PM
    depakote, weight gain and digestion firehorse Epilepsy 5 08-16-2005 06:09 PM
    Trileptal - Weight gain/Sleepiness vs. Depakote - Weight gain/Sleepiness teadkin Bipolar Disorder 5 11-18-2004 02:14 PM
    depakote, weight gain and my wedding jennaw Bipolar Disorder 3 07-19-2004 02:39 AM
    risperidol & depakote???? lockedaway Bipolar Disorder 1 02-17-2004 10:36 AM
    Depakote and weight gain LadyKayra Bipolar Disorder 1 03-17-2003 03:11 AM
    Switching from Dilantin to Depakote Phantom_309 Epilepsy 3 05-10-2002 07:46 PM
    Dilantin and Weight Gain - NO DRUGS? ColleenD Epilepsy 3 06-23-2001 11:07 AM

    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is Off
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off

    Sign Up Today!

    Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

    I want my free account

    All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:01 AM.

    © 2020 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
    Do not copy or redistribute in any form!