Depakote precaution

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tysmyboo
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   Posted 7/12/2005 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Just remembered something from my last neuro visit that I thought I should share. We were discussing medications and I gave him my two page list of everything I have taken. We started discussing the few things I have not tried and got on to the topic of Depakote...he said that he would never prescribe it for a female in childbearing years because of the chemical change on your body and that if becoming pregnant, unexpectedly, it has a high chance of serious damange to the fetus including miscarriage. He stated that he would only prescribe to women who have had a hysterectomy or are beyond child bearing years.  Just thought I would share and see if anyone else has been told the same thing?
 
This doctor was also very serious about (female) patients on medication taking folic acid regularly in the event of an unexpected pregnancy as it would help to fight defects early on.
 
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qrews
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   Posted 7/17/2005 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I am a 28 woman and I was prescribed Depakote about 6 months ago at the Diamond Headache Clinic. They were very careful to go over the side effects with me and they never mentioned anything about problems with becoming pregnant. This is not to say that it may not be a problem, but the doctors at the clinic are extremely conscientious and thorough, and I tend to think that they would have metioned something that serious. But please do let me know what you find out from other.

tysmyboo
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   Posted 7/17/2005 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   

I think that this doctor must have had some type of incident with his wife's pregnancy because he was so adament about things like this. He may have been trying to be overly cautious, I will let you know what else I find out!

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tiadesai
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   Posted 7/20/2005 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
hii
before taking any medications always check what the side effects can be.
one thing about depakote is that it should never be taken if you are pregnant.
you can find more about Depakote by clicking on the link.
thanks

gallyndur
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   Posted 8/8/2005 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Back in '99 by doctor took me off it because he found out it was causing ovarian cysts in adolescent girls. Not the same thing, I know, but it's still mucking with womany bits...

tysmyboo
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   Posted 8/16/2005 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting...thanks for sharing!

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stox4pat
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   Posted 8/19/2005 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sara...I have such a long story about Depakote, but I will save that for later...LOL! Anyway, My Neuro is also a researchr at the Univrsity of Miami, he is supposedly the best in the state and I ADORE him. That said, we did go over ALL the side effects, and he said he wouldnt want me taking it if I were PREGNANT, but in the case of trying or being young...he prescribed Folic Acid! Happy to help w/ any othr ? or concerns. Take care of yourself and God Bless you...good luck if u r trying to get preggers!

Be well,
Patti
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