Depakote and hair loss

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oceania_mom
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   Posted 2/8/2005 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi- me again....
 
My daughter is starting to have some hair loss on the Depakote sad
 
Does anyone know if her hair will return when she stops the Depakote?
 
I'm going to ring the paediatrician today to beg for a referral to a neurologist to access some  of the newer meds.
 
Hope you are all having a good day,
 
Jennifer

kayakmom
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   Posted 2/8/2005 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi jennifer, Hair loss is no small thing for a teen girl!! from what I have read it is an ongoing thing on this medication. I think there are some vitamins that help to combat this. I will ask my friend whose daughter has thinning hair on depakote.

Hoping you can get the referral. A Neuro can often do a much better job handling epilepsy, than a Paed.

Best wishes....has she done OK so far on it?

Ginny

oceania_mom
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   Posted 2/8/2005 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Ginny,

I would really appreciate it if you could give me some info on anything that helps with the hairloss- I have been giving her a zinc and folate supplement since she started the Depakote but it doesn't seem to be preventing the hairloss. Though maybe without the supplements it would be worse who knows! I have left a message at the pediatricians asking him to ring me.

The Depakote does seem to be an effective drug though-she has had no partials and fewer absences since she has been on it. She has been started on 100mg per day single dose taken at night, but today I decided to split the dose and give her half in the morning to see if it would help her get through the whole school day. I've been picking her up at lunch time this week. I keep in touch with her via text messaging and she said at lunchtime that she was ok and that she was still able to concentrate which is an improvement for her as she has been quite spacey and feeling funny by this time on other days.

I feel so grateful that although these drugs have nasty physical side effects they don't seem to be impairing her ability to learn and she seems to have all her cognitive abilities intact.

Take care

Jennifer 


kayakmom
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   Posted 2/9/2005 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Jennifer, that is great that she is doing ok cognitively!! THAT is a big thing with these meds. I think Zinc is good, also calcium magnesium my friend says. (I take cal/mag and it really helps premenstrual problems and the AEDs can deplete bones so calzium is good anyway!)


Hope she keeps doing ok!!

Ginny

depapax78
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   Posted 12/6/2008 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
hi,

i have lost alot of my hair from depakote. i used to take 1000 mg a day for several years in conjunction with paxil 30 mg. My diagnosis was bipolar disoder but besides having racing thoughts sometimes i really never was manic or went on shopping sprees on was promiscuous, etc etc. I have lost all faith in the psychiatric professions. ALl they want to do is prescribe drugs and not get to the root or underlying cause of the problem. I am now 30 and have thin hair and have self esteem issues and dont go out to socialize when i live in one of the best cities to do so. (NYC) Recently I stopped taking my medication and want to seriously get off these meds. i still do feel depressed but i feel that i have to try some other ways to deal with it. I am also overweight and am not sure if the depakote helps retain/gain weight because i do tend to overeat at times. Well if anyone has any ideas for me i would greatly appreciate it...any advice or would like to share a similar story. One other thing.....I went on this website.....www.theroadback.org and am very interested in using some of the vitamins offered there to regain my wholeself and hopefully feel like a normal person. thanks

Haresh
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