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Re: Alternative to Depakote

Posted by Elizabeth on February 10, 1999, at 17:00:42

In reply to Re: Alternative to Depakote, posted by Theresa on February 7, 1999, at 18:30:12

> 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.

Tegretol actually was never approved for bipolar disorder either!

I know that at least some people *lose* weight on Topamax. I don't know what the clinical experience with it has been like so far, though. A lot of people gain weight on Depakote and lithium, and some seem to on Neurontin too. Don't think I've heard of anyone gaining weight from Lamictal.




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