Health QuestionsCategory: Treatmentsdepakote vs topamax
seamonkeypoo asked 3 years ago

My dad is also bipolar and switched from depakote to topamax. Since we’re related, do you think I should try it? The side effects from depakote are killing me. I get the burning shits so bad it hurts to sit and as soon as I eat anything, it just comes right out. I have no appetite and I’m nauseated all the time. Despite all that I’ve gained 8lbs that won’t go away. It did help with my agitation and shakes, but it doesn’t help me sleep like the dr said it would.
 
Is topamax along the same lines with less side effects? Does it help with insomnia at all? I’m not sleeping and its leaving me pretty useless for my first few hours at work. When I don’t sleep, I get dizzy a lot and am prone to fainting recently.

2 Answers
ragemaxis answered 3 years ago

Re: depakote vs topamax
well.
 
these are very, very different drugs.
 
very.
 
very.
 
however.  if depakote is just totally not working you need to get onto a different drug.
 
but you didn’t say anywhere if depakote was working for what you are on it for.
 
topamax really doesn’t do much for bipolar though … unless you’ve got cycling for some askew reason … this is all my opinion mind you…

seamonkeypoo answered 3 years ago

Re: depakote vs topamax
sorry. he put me on the depakote because I was having a lot of anxiety and agitation and not sleeping. He said it was time to put me on a mood stabalizer. I’m also on 140mgs of geodon for the bipolar

seamonkeypoo asked 3 years ago

My dad is also bipolar and switched from depakote to topamax. Since we’re related, do you think I should try it? The side effects from depakote are killing me. I get the burning shits so bad it hurts to sit and as soon as I eat anything, it just comes right out. I have no appetite and I’m nauseated all the time. Despite all that I’ve gained 8lbs that won’t go away. It did help with my agitation and shakes, but it doesn’t help me sleep like the dr said it would.
 
Is topamax along the same lines with less side effects? Does it help with insomnia at all? I’m not sleeping and its leaving me pretty useless for my first few hours at work. When I don’t sleep, I get dizzy a lot and am prone to fainting recently.

2 Answers
ragemaxis answered 3 years ago

Re: depakote vs topamax
well.
 
these are very, very different drugs.
 
very.
 
very.
 
however.  if depakote is just totally not working you need to get onto a different drug.
 
but you didn’t say anywhere if depakote was working for what you are on it for.
 
topamax really doesn’t do much for bipolar though … unless you’ve got cycling for some askew reason … this is all my opinion mind you…

seamonkeypoo answered 3 years ago

Re: depakote vs topamax
sorry. he put me on the depakote because I was having a lot of anxiety and agitation and not sleeping. He said it was time to put me on a mood stabalizer. I’m also on 140mgs of geodon for the bipolar