Keppra vs depakote

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i just started taking keppra and prior to keppra i was on depakote i was on depakote 4 bouut 15 yrs and new bout the side affects reguarding liver and having to do blood count i was ok w that but now here i am depakote free for 9 months taking keepra 750mg=3000 daliy yet i can skip it for time and days and there i go having seizures yet id skip like a month at times w depakote cuz i was doing drugs at that time and realized it takes like 5 weeks of no depakote be4 id be laying out w seizures but
Night apparently I called EMS I was told I'd had a 6 min seizure in the ambulance. Then more in the ER. I'd been given Valium, ativan, and Dilantin. The neurologist, who was on call, said to me the next day that what he saw didn't "look" like seizures to him, and therefore he didn't believe that I had seizures. NO EEG was Done, apparently I was confused, disoriented, agitated,ect. and they couldn't get it done(?)I dont remember.
4 of his seizures occurred in the morning and 2 in the afternoon - 1 while relaxing and one while playing basketball. He has been seizure-free for 3 yrs. on Depakote ER. The Dr. wants to try weaning him this summer, before he starts driving. My son and the rest of the family are extremely apprehensive about this. Dr. says if he has one seizure, he goes back on the med. for life. Only possible side-effect he has is fatigue, but not sure this is due to med.
At any rate, there are many other options available for antiseizure meds in the year 2003 depending on what type of seizure you have. For complex partial seizures, Keppra is a newer drug with less side effects. Depakote and Dilantin are used for generalized seizures or complex partial seizures that turn into "grand mal" seizures and are known to cause tremors especially in combination. Topamax and Lamictal are other options.
Depakote (divalproex sodium) Gabitril (tiagabine) Keppra (levetiracetam) Lamictal (lamotrigine) Neurontin (gabapentin) Tegretol (carbamazepine) Topamax (topiramate) Trileptal (oxcarbazepine I would agree with the statement that the risk is greater left untreated than with them. My suicidal ideations are MUCH less being treated vs. not. Of course, it's always best to be educated!
AS OF RIGHT NOW I AM ON TOPEMAX, NEURONTIN, XANAX, SEROQUEL, TAPERING OFF LEXAPRO, JUST CAME OFF KEPPRA, AND WILL START PARNATE IN TWO WEEKS. ALSO, BECAUSE OF MY AGE AND BEING PERIMENOPAUSAL THEY ARE GOING TO START ME ON ESTROGEN AND PREMIN WHICH THEY THINK WILL HELP WITH THE DEPRESSION.
Then again I am male and perhaps there is a difference, certainly there is with multiple partners or promiscuity (the whole **** vs stud thing) in social mores but social mores bore me, they always have because of the rampant hypocrisy in society.
I was in the medical field for 20 years until my seizures caused me to become disabled in 2001 and therefore, I had to go on Medicare and due to my pre-exsisting condition, I could not get no secondary insurance and did not qualify for part D Medicare (prescription coverage) so I had to go on the Patient Prescription Assistance Program in order to get my Depakote medication.
Just wondering how fast is the weight lose , I have been on depakote for 8 moths and gained 40 pds . I hate it .
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