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Old 05-11-2019, 02:23 PM #11
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The morning and evening dosage should as far as
I know be say 250 and 250. Like Dan takes 500 and 500
it does work on depression also. I honestly dont know about it working on anxiety. Ignore my typing, now what are you taking that you call your antidepressant, because this is too.

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I take aplenzin(sp) for my antidepressant which was working great til i started taking depakote. It is making me so tired!
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Most mood stabilizers can work for both depression and mania, but I guess some of them are better for BPI or II. I thought that Depakote was prescribed more for patents with BPI, but I'm not a pdoc, so what do I know?
Some meds do have added benefits like reducing anxiety. I take Seroquel, which is one of them. Maybe Depakote helps some people with anxiety, too. It seems that you are NOT be one of them tho. Drugs effect people differently.

I know that you see your pdoc soon, but could you call her to tell her how terrible you are feeling? This just may not be the med for you

I hope you feel better Bobby (((HUGS)))

Did the peppermint tea help?
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the peppermint helped.today after I told my antidepressant I was fine. I read on the internet that some people gained a huge amount of weight and had sugar cravings and an increased appetite. I now am afraid to get on the scale.
as i mentioned one article said it works on the manic phase which I don't have except for spending on ebay and buying books.
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When it says the "manic phase" of Bipolar Disorder, it means around-the-clock full-blown mania.

The prescribing information on the internet says what it's FDA approved for, but psychiatrists will use a med off-label for a different condition that they have collectively found will respond to it. So, it's hard to find information about dosing and indications for other uses unless you read psych articles or other similar publications, which are hard to find, and hard for me to read. And they use SOOOO many meds off label for psych.

Unfortunately, Depakote is one of those meds that can cause heavy weight gain (((HUGS)))
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I am going to ask my psychiatrist about that. I have never had a manic phase.
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I just got on the scale and haven't gained any weight in over a month. I lost weight when I had no appetite and hardly ate and then when I started eating I gained four pounds. I guess I will check my weight every day because so many people gain a lot of weight from depakote
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When I said pdocs use things off-label, I meant they routinely use Depakote and other meds for both depression and hypo/mania even if they are not FDA approved specifically for one or the other. But it is common practice, and has been done for a long time among the profession. Its not a new or unsafe practice. They do it all the time. Half of my meds are prescribed off-label.

You do not have to be in a manic episode to take Depakote, but I know you have been having other issues since you started taking it tho. You should talk to your pdoc about those things
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I already told her about my anxiety which has gotten better now. I don't know if it is because of the peppermint and chamomille tea. I told her that I am always tired and more so than before. I feel relieved about my weight but will ask her about it.
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Keep the lines of communication open. That's all you can do

I think it's wonderful that the tea is helping!!!
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