So, they started me on this medicine to stop the seizures I've been having for the last 7 years. I still haven't gotten used to it yet. My mind is so slow I find I have to ask people to repeat things two or three times. The bathroom has become a second home. And despite the constant nausea, I am supposed to suffer inevitable weight gain. I find myself wondering if it is worth it to avoid these intermittent scary experiences. I find myself experiencing things I have not before. It's kind of like that skinny, pretty chick that wore a fat suit and became ugly for a day. I have found the world not to be very compassionate to people that cannot think as fast. I have become more empathetic for our customers! Lol. Anyway, I go for the tests on Friday. At first, I was just worried about the cost for these pricey tests. But now I am a little scared and find myself wondering how people would remember me. Those who pray, keep me in your prayers please.|
Some funny info on Depakote
Depakote's pros and cons:
Pros: Proven to be effective for wide spectra of epileptic and bipolar disorders. It's been around for so long that the long-term effects are well known and well documented. If you can get past the initial side effects and get used to a valproate medication, you don't have to worry about anything biting your ass in the long run.
Cons: The side effects suck donkey dong! The valproates are amongst the harshest meds to take. Everyone hates them so much that they've given the entire class of anticonvulsants a bad name.
Depakote's Typical Side Effects: The usual for anticonvulsants plus a special set for valproates: instant old age. You'll get fat, bald, tired, confused, uninterested in sex, unable to hold your liquor and everything will give you heartburn and/or the runs.
For tips on how to cope with these side effects, please see our side effects page.
Depakote's Not So Common Side Effects: Edema. Being more prone to respiratory infections. Getting a ringing in your ears.
These may or may not happen to you don't, so don't be surprised one way or the other.
Depakote's Freaky Rare Side Effects: Flesh eating virus! It was all of two cases in the whole wide world and there were extenuating circumstances, so it was in no way Depakote's fault, but the law is the law when it comes to reporting these things. No, really, Depakote (divalproex sodium) had nothing to do with it. The unfortunate people who contracted toxic epidermal necrosis (Which isn't a virus, I just like how "Flesh eating virus!" reads. Besides, only bacteria eat flesh. Flesh eating viruses don't exist, but flesh eating bacteria do.) were probably doomed to get it anyway, and they just happened to be taking Depakote as well. Also breast enlargement (some people will complain about anything), irreversible deafness (ouch!) and bone pain. I told you you'd get instantly old.