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Re: Alternative to Depakote

Posted by Theresa on February 7, 1999, at 18:30:12

In reply to Alternative to Depakote, posted by Joann on February 1, 1999, at 14:18:21

There are other anticonvulsants that you can try that may not cause weight gain. They include carbamazapine (Tegretol), lamotrigine (Lamictal), gabapentin (Neurontin), and topiramate (Topamax). The last three are relatively new anticonvulsants and haven't been approved for bipolar disorder or other psychiatric disorders, but they are being widely studied for those indications. Topamax in particular does not seem to cause weight gain. New data should be presented at the upcoming American Psychiatric Association meeting this May. Ask your psychiatrist to contact APA and he/she should be able to get the abstracts from the meeting. The APA's number is 202-682-6000.




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