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Re: Depakote Tedr

Posted by Mitch on December 30, 2001, at 16:28:24

In reply to Depakote, posted by Tedr on December 30, 2001, at 15:18:16

> I recently was asked to try gabitril for augmenting and eventually trying to replace the xanax I take for GAD. I also take Wellbutrin SR for depression. The Gabitril made me very spacey and unfocused, so the Pdoc thought that I should try Depakote at 125mgs twice a day to see if this could start to smooth out the anxiety, and lessen the need for xanax. I don't particularly like the side effect profile of Depakote, and I am curious to find out if 250mgs/day would even be helpful, without still having to worry about hair loss, reduced carnitine,Selenium and other levels etc. I thought gabapentin might be a better choice because in the past, I didn't have the side effect worry and only felt a little sleepy, when I took gabapentin briefly. The pdoc though, definitely feels that I have a GABA related anxiety, and related depression problem, and feels depakote would be the best help at even the low dose, although at this dose, when I took it a few days, I still had nausea, and a funny feeling of nervousness. Thank god for xanax, and I would be resolved to take it chronically at high enough therapeutic doses, if I could get a clear cut go ahead from my physician. I would definitely appreciate any feedback especially regarding Depakote vs Gabapentin for me, and how much gabapentin might be needed to work. I reiterate, that I did feel awful on the gabitril. I think because it is not specific enough for uping only GABA-A...Thanks for the help... I currently take 1.5mgs of xanax a day and 150mgs of wellbutrin SR.


Well,

It sounds like Gabitril is the new med that docs are probably thinking they can wean people off benzos with. I took it and had a bad experience. I haven't heard *anyone* here have a good experience with it for anxiety (speak up-now's the time!). I *did* find gabapentin helpful for anxiety. Depakote helped some, too. I didn't gain much weight on it (about 20 lbs at 500mg/day). At 125mg twice daily you might not experience that much trouble with it. I didn't gain *any* weight with Neurontin though.

Mitch


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