Depakote ER anyone take it does it work or help?

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   Posted 2/28/2006 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
    My therapist recommended I try effexor i went to the Doc. today and told what my therapist reccomended and the Doc. chose to go with Depakote ER 500mg daily as a mood stabilizer and gave me my Xanax back any take depakote what are the side effects? Will it make me fat? does it work? please I am interested in hearing more about this med.
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   Posted 2/28/2006 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there,
Just thought I'd let you know that I successfully take Depakote ER and it has worked wonderfully for me. I used to take Effexor with it - that did work well at the time - but now I'm down to the depakote and it works really well for me. I'm on a very low dose, but don't have any marked side effects. I sleep well and and haven't had an episode in months. Without it, I become manic, anxious and agitated and then the depression sets in.
Its given me a great deal of peace of mind knowing that I've found something that works for me. Its the reason I'm a big supporter of mood stabilizers. Everyone is different and will respond accordingly, but I'm a strong believer that its worth the effort to find a mood stabilizer that works for you. There are lots of options: lithium, lamictal, and I believe that abilify and neurontin are showing promise also.
I gained weight on the effexor, but since I've been level on the depakote, I've been able to gradually shed the pounds and feel the best I have in years. Although the weight thing was annoying, it wasn't reason enough for me to discontinue any medication - I would sooner be healthy and happy with a few extra pounds, than be the skinny stressbag I was before I was medicated ;)
Wishing you luck in your search for the right mix - take care,

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   Posted 3/1/2006 4:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been on Depakote ER for one week. It was prescribed by my pdoc when I told him that I was up all night and not sleeping. He told me to stop the Seroquel and to take this at night. I am only on 250mg.

A week later, I am still up all night and sleeping about 4 hours a day. Is this typical?
Please be nice to me, I'm a blood donor (conquering my fear of needles one pint at a time).

Dx: BPII (and everything that comes along with it), BPD? (pdoc trying to figure that out), Chronic Migraines (that means 2-4/week)

Current Rx: Lamictal, Lyrica, Depakote, Seroquel (prn), Xanax (prn), Vicoprofen (prn), NuvaRing

Past Rx: Prozac, Paxil/CR, Lexapro, Cymbalta, Ambien, Wellbutrin XL, Effexor/XR, Topamax, Neurontin, Trazadone, Klonopin, array of triptans (allergic)

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