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Depakote question

Posted by raisinb on February 11, 2009, at 14:07:34

The thread above reminded me. My father and I have very similar "classic" depression issues--insomnia, feelings of meaninglessness, and anxiety. It also seems as though similar drugs work--and don't work--for both of us. For instance, we both do well on Lexapro and Remeron didn't do jack for either of us.

My question is this: for the past eight months, my dad hasn't been doing so well. He has tried most SSRIs and they typically poop out after a few years. His pdoc put him on Remeron eventually, with somewhat disastrous results (45 mg)--he slept all day for months, gained a lot of weight, and no difference in his depression was seen. He's now on Remeron, Lexapro, Wellbutrin--and here's what I don't understand--Depakote.

The last seems odd to me. When asked, my dad says "I've been taking that since the beginning" (Depakote). Since I've never seen my dad even remotely manic, I don't understand the choice of the drug. Could it be contributing, even, to his depression?




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