Depakote side effects

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havana
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   Posted 7/26/2010 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I'd so hoped I'd be able to take Depakote. My pdoc had me split a 500mg ER pill in half; I seem to be sensitive to the smallest amounts of meds. Well, I started it on Friday night, and Saturday morning was the first morning I didn't have to take hydroxyzine/vistaril for the nausea I've been feeling from withdrawing from Lexapro. So I felt encouraged.
 
But I was getting gut pain, I still had some shaking (I've been having bad shakes from the withdrawal and TERRIBLE panic attacks), and loose stools. By Sunday, the nausea had returned, although not as badly, I was still having gut pain, and I still had some shakes. By the evening, I was pretty nauseated, so I caved in and took a hydroxyzine again.
 
The pdoc's nurse had advised me that, if I felt ANY negative symptoms, I should stop taking the Depakote. So, I didn't take it Sunday night. I called the pdoc's nurse's number and left her an update voice mail.
 
darn, ANOTHER drug I can't take because of side effects.
 
Folks, I feel like I've been through just about every drug out there, and side effects keep me from going on with it. I feel utterly and totally discouraged. Will I ever find anything that works for me? Will I ever emerge from this paralyzing depression?
 
Obviously, I know that you can't give me the answers. I'm just venting. But thanks for listening.
 
Depressedly yours,
Havana
Havana
bipolar II, panic/anxiety disorder, fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome 
current meds: Clonazepam, 0.5 mg prn; Topamax, 50 mg


winnie1
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Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 7/26/2010 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Havana,
 
I had the most awfull time finding the right combination of drugs.  My psy says that she hardly has any other patients like me, because i am senitive to everything.  I have had this diagnoses for about 6 years now,  but i know was bipolar long before that.  Me and my doctor have been trying to come up with the right combination of drugs since then, so i am hear to tell you that it might take a while to get things straight.  So do not give up.  Keep in back of your mind, this shall pass and you will find the right conbination.  Take Care

havana
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Date Joined Jun 2010
Total Posts : 127
   Posted 7/26/2010 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
My heart is very full after reading both of your postings, It's Genetic and Winnie. I'm too depressed to be able to express adequately how grateful I am to you both for your thoughtful and helpful words. I am so utterly down in the deep pit of depression that it feels I'll never crawl out of it.

Yet I can feel your care and concern, and I can only thank you from what's left of my heart. Thank you immensely for caring and for sharing so much information with me.

My pdoc says that I'm one of the most difficult patients he has to medicate, if not THE most difficult. I am so sensitive to any meds.

I've tried Lamictal, and I had bad gastrointestinal side effects from it, so that didn't work, either. It's so discouraging. Side effects, side effects, and nothing but side effects. I am in such despair.

But it's good to know that both of you made it through, and that you have words of wisdom for me. I can't begin to express my gratitude.

Love,
Havana
Havana
bipolar II, panic/anxiety disorder, fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome 
current meds: Clonazepam, 0.5 mg prn; Topamax, 50 mg

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