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Depakote anecdote -- Noa

Posted by Zeke on December 20, 1999, at 13:43:54

In reply to Re: Depakote makes depression worse ?, posted by Noa on December 17, 1999, at 2:06:23

>Sure enough, he switched to tegretol, and the depression lifted.

Noa, I think there's more to consider...

1. Tegretol has antidepressant effects.

2. People with epilepsy -- especially with temporal lobe (limbic) foci -- are much more prone to depression. Further, as seizures become controlled, depression etc. often becomes worse, and vice versa...

You could be right but the lifting of the depression could have been due to the Tegretol, rather than the absence of the Depakote. If Depakote did influence the depression, remember that he had epilepsy and the seizure control could set off the depression.

I think this story speaks more strongly of Tegretol. So Scott, consider that as an alternative if things don't improve...




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