Depakote vs Lithium Carbonate for Depression

Depakote
(Rx)
Lithium Carbonate
(Rx)
Depakote is an epilepsy medication and a bipolar medication.
Lithium Carbonate is a bipolar medication.
Satisfaction Score
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3.1
Moderately Satisfied
Satisfaction Score
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3.1
Moderately Satisfied
Helpfulness
for Depression
2.4
Concern level
2.2
Concern level
2.2
Approval Date
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March 10, 1983
April 6, 1970
Number of discussions around the web Number of discussions + -
88,539 Discussions
4,167 Discussions
Taken For
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Condition
Number of posts
#2 for Depression
#3 for Seizures
#4 for Mania
#5 for Epilepsy
#6 for Migraines
Depakote is prescribed for Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Seizures, Mania and Epilepsy and is mostly mentioned together with these indications. In addition, it is taken to prevent Migraines.
Condition
Number of posts
Lithium Carbonate is prescribed for Bipolar Disorder and Depression and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Side Effects and Concerns
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Dep
Weight Gain
10
Hair Loss
3
Weight Loss
2
Withdrawal Symptoms
2
Irritability
2
Rash
1
Nausea
1
Drowsiness
1
Allergy
1
Dizziness
1
Lit
Weight Gain
4
Insomnia
2
Nausea
2
Tiredness
2
Hypothyroidism
1
Withdrawal Symptoms
1
Suicide
1
Weight Loss
1
Vomiting
1
Hair Loss
1
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Pregnancy Category (FDA) OpenClose all pregnancy categories
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a b c d x n
Category A
Adequate and well-controllted studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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X Category X
Depakote is known to cause harm to fetus. Avoid during pregnancy.
D Category D
Before taking Lithium Carbonate during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
Alcohol warning
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There may be a negative interaction between Depakote and alcohol.
Alcohol may lower concentration of lithium and reduce it's therapeutic effect.
Method of use
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Pill
Pill
Dosages
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Tablet: 125 mg, 250 mg, 500 mg
Capsule: 125 mg
Capsule: 150 mg, 300 mg, 600 mg
Tablet: 300 mg, 450 mg
Food Instructions
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No Food Instructions
No Food Instructions
Ingredients
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Divalproex Sodium
Lithium Carbonate
Drug Interactions
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Interaction between Depakote and Lithium Carbonate: Interaction not known, but may still exist. Always consult your doctor before taking these medications together. Do not stop taking the medications without a physician's advice.
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