Depakote and Klonopin?? My pretend doctor (NP) diagnosis this visit, anybody???

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tondalaya
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   Posted 10/18/2006 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Because I had a problem with the Seroquel (which I might just try again at a lower dose).  The NP said because I can't sleep at all, no matter what I take.  I'm in a really high mania stage now, she was prescribing this combo. 
 
Rosie, I did call and ask about a real doctor or who she reports to but was told that it would be another 2 months to get an appt with one of them.  I can't wait that long for help thus, I'm trying to deal with this woman and researching websites for med interactions, side effects, treatment options?  I'm so tired of this but because my income is limited I have no choice right now.
 
That said, does anybody take these 2 meds together??
 
Thanks, any input is appreciated!!
BP IN AZ


judyinky
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   Posted 10/18/2006 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
BP,
Hi. I don't take them in combination but I do take kolopin, and have taken depakote in the past, years ago. Depakote is an anti-seizure medications, used used for treatment of bipolar. I have a friend on it, and she has done very well. She has had some weight gain, but her mania is gone.
Kolopiin is widely prescribed for anxiety and is benzodiazapan (sp), and used with other pschy. meds short term or sometimes long term for the treatement of anxiety. It works different than zanax or the other benzos because it lasts longer in your system, (has a longer half life), and has worked well for me for anxeity. It is addictive when taken for a long period of time, and it would be a good thing to try to wean off of it gradually as there can be side effects getting off of it. Also, I would advise that you take as small of a dose as possible. It will make you sleepy and relax you.

You might try typing in the two together on the comptuer depakote + kolopin + bipolar and see what you come up with.

I am hoping others can give you more insight, esp those that take the two in combination.

Be Well,

Judy
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tondalaya
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   Posted 10/18/2006 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Judy for the information, I sure appreciate it!!!
BP IN AZ


Jade11
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   Posted 10/18/2006 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, it sounds like you want to get more information about these drugs.  A good way to do that is to go to the bookstore, and go to the Nursing/Health section.  Then look for a Nurses drug book.  These books are fairly easy to read. The drugs are listed in alphabetical order.  This book will tell you what drugs interact with what other drugs.  It is also just a good book to have if you are changing drugs and want more info.

tondalaya
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   Posted 10/18/2006 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you!!!
BP IN AZ


judyinky
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   Posted 10/18/2006 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
You're quite welcome. The link I used most for information on drugs and conditons, their treatments and side effects is Remedyfind.com.

Jade has a good idea too. I hope you can find the information you are looking for.

Judy
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   Posted 10/18/2006 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tondalaya,

Well, the ladies have already come up trumphs with the suggestions so far. -- Don't forget also to visit manufacturers' web sites if your meds don't come with an info sheet (they always do in the UK but this doesn't seem to be common practice in the US): the web sites pretty much have to give exhaustive information because of legal implications if they don't. Also, if the website gives you the option of viewing patient information or professionals information (as Depakote does), always look at both sections. -- I think this division is rather condescending, personally: if you are a patient using the stuff, you ought to have as much detailed info available to you as possible!

Did you go ahead and make an appointment to see the real pdoc? I know it's going to be a couple of months, but I think the sooner you start this process the better. Or check with your insurance company for which pdocs are covered by your plan and try any listed to see if they could see you earlier. Also, try asking if you can be put on a cancellations list -- i.e. if anyone pulls out at the last minute they can get you into the appointment. This seems to be something that people on waiting lists in the past have had some success with.

Don't bin your NP in the meantime. She might be onto something now she's going for the Depakote (tried and tested bp med). I'd still harly call what she's come up with a regular combo though: as Judy's pointed out, Klonopin is a short-term med -- srisis management, rather than long-term treatment option.

Let's see what happens with the Depakote and then see what Ms NP comes up with. As I say, she may be onto something with this, and it would also make sense for her to start you on one med, wait for you to settle with it and then introduce other meds as necessary into the mix.

Rosie x
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tondalaya
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   Posted 10/18/2006 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Rosie!!!! Have a great day!!
BP IN AZ


CounterClockwise
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   Posted 10/18/2006 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
You too hun! :)

Rosie x
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