I am wondering if anyone here has had experience with Depakote. My son is currently taking Triletal, but when we take the dose high enough to stop the seizures he becomes aggressive, loud and hyperactive. When we take the dose low enough to keep him calm he continues to have simple seizures (though he has not had another complex partial seizure since beginning Trileptal). As a result, his doctor wants to switch him to Depakote. My concern is that his doctor is not a neurologist and has never treated epilepsy before. The consulting neurologist suggested to him that he switch Aidan to Topamax but he said he preferred Depakote because he has had good experience using it in children with Bipolar disorder, which is more his specialty. But as I have started researching Depakote, the side effects seem drastic and the potential for permanent liver damage scares me.
Can anyone with experience help me?
I am not sure if I making the right decision letting the doctor give him depakote at this stage?
Also, how long does it take a person to get through side effects like hyperactivity and aggression? Is it possible he just needs more time on the Trileptal?
Thanks for the help