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Re: Just started Depakote... dry mouth/sweaty palms?? cache-monkey

Posted by Ritch on April 9, 2005, at 0:53:32

In reply to Re: Just started Depakote... dry mouth/sweaty palms?? theo, posted by cache-monkey on April 8, 2005, at 19:24:07

> Hi Theo,
> So, I'm not quite sure what's up just yet. It's hard to find a clear trend, seperate from how I was feeling before.
> I think that I might be getting a little bit of the sedative effect today. Although that could be because of a really poor night of sleep. I don't know if that's attributable to the Depakote or not, since I always have trouble sleeping -- particularly at this time of year. Alternatively, Depakote can potentiate the effects of Valium (8 mg/day), so that might be part of it as well.
> As far as the dry mouth/sweating. That seems like it's gotten a little better, but not completely resolved yet.
> Time will tell on all counts. I'm going to push the dose to 500 mg ER next week at some point and then give it a good couple weeks before passing judgement.
> Anyway, I'll keep you and the board posted with my Depakote trial.
> Good luck,
> cache-monkey
> > I'm glad you posted. I might be trying 250mg ER or 125mg regular Depakote next, I'm currently not on any other meds.
> >
> > How has it made you feel otherwise so far?
> >
> >

Just thought I'd chime in here about potential sleep disruptive effects of Depakote. I've had trouble with staying asleep (early morning awakenings and tired next days), while on Depakote. Thought.. it was just AD's other meds causing trouble, or maybe apnea, whatever, but I think it's the Depakote. It does wonders for temper and cycling, but seems to mess with sleep architecture. I've eliminated all the other variables I can think of. It does tend to be sedative *generally*, but seems to worsen sleep hygiene for me particularly.




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