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   Posted 5/3/2006 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I have recently been diagnosed with bpd and the dr. prescribed Depakote..I have been taking xanax for abt 8 years for panic disorder and was put on klonopin abt a year ago..just wondering about experiences with the depakote, i dont know what to expect and does that sound like  alot of meds?? just need someone to talk with..thanks..

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   Posted 5/3/2006 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't take Depakote, but I'm nervous with new meds as well. I always get anxious when starting one.
I'm sure someone will pop in before long that has some experience with this particular medication. It's fairly common with this disorder.
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   Posted 5/4/2006 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   

I can really sympathize with your fears.  I am really scared of medications.  I was just diagnosed last week, although have suffered since I was a teenager.  I had a really bad experience on celexa and a semi-bad one on wellbutrin and now I'm plain scared.  I was started on lamotrigine and so far have been okay.  The dr. prescribed risperdal which really scares me.  I took a tiny piece of it one day and really felt weird.  I wish you the best!


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   Posted 5/4/2006 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
texaschick -
does your pdoc still have you on both xanax & klonopin? They're so closely related that people are almost never on both. As to being on 2 meds, a lot of people are on more than that (3, 4, 5). It often takes a 'cocktail' to get the best results for any given one of us. Everybody's brain chemistry is a little different, and while we wait for new medications to catch up to very promising research (10-15 yrs?), we make do with what we've got.
Depakote is one of the first-line meds prescribed for people with a bp diagnosis, due to track record & known side effects. They *all* have side effects, and it depends on how well the med works for you and what you can/are willing to tolerate in terms of the side effects. If one thing doesn't work for you, you need to let your pdoc know & the two of you can work out a med change. As always, never stop taking a med 'cold turkey' - it can be dangerous, and not without figuring out a plan of action with your doc first.
I was started on Depakote a couple of months ago, in addition to the Lamictal (dosage now reduced) & Klonopin I'd already been on with little success. I'm going to call & go see my pdoc, because I'm not seeing much improvement & we need to do something about it. Perhaps we can 'up' the dosage, or maybe try a different med . . . it can take a few tries to find the right thing, and keeping in touch with your doc when things are bad, and being your own best mental (& general) health care advocate is important.
Most new meds do make you feel 'weird' for a while (it took me a couple of weeks with the Depakote), and if you have ongoing side effects you need to let your doc know, but starting one doesn't have to be real scary. If you feel nervous about it, arrange to check in with a friend or family member, or your doc's office, about it (that way you'll know you have a 'safety net'), and then you can go on with life without worrying too much. We do, I think, tend to overly worry about starting a new med. But 'initial dangers' are so rare as to not merit worry, and if remember that if you have side effect problems, you're not stuck with the same med forever.
Risperdal I haven't heard of any major problems with, though the people I've talked to who've taken it haven't really reported improvement with it (remember, this is just several people, no formal poll, and I make no pretense of being a medical expert, etc.)

Take care,

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   Posted 5/4/2006 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I have no health insurance so I cannot afford to go to a pdoc..sounds like thats what everyone here has,sounds like a necessity..kinda discourages me however my general dr has a background in psychiatry,guess thats a plus. Any comments and/or advice are welcome!
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