What drugs should not be taken with valproic acid?
Some products that may interact with this drug include: certain antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline, nortriptyline, phenelzine), certain antibiotics (carbapenems such as doripenem, imipenem), irinotecan, mefloquine, orlistat, other medications for seizure (e.g., ethosuximide, lamotrigine, phenytoin, rufinamide.
What should you avoid while taking ALPRAZolam?
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with ALPRAZolam and lead to potentially dangerous side effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor. Do not increase or decrease the amount of grapefruit products in your diet without first talking to your doctor.
When should I stop taking valproic acid?
Do not stop taking valproic acid suddenly, unless your doctor tells you to. You’re unlikely to get any extra symptoms when you stop taking this medicine. However if you’re taking it for bipolar disorder or to prevent migraine, your condition could get worse for a short time after you stop taking the medicine.
How long does it take valproic acid to leave your system?
In healthy adults, it takes 2-3 days, on average, for most of the valproic acid to be gone from the body.
Who should not take valproic acid?
You should not use valproic acid if you are allergic to it, or if you have: liver disease; a urea cycle disorder; or. a genetic mitochondrial (MYE-toe-KON-dree-al) disorder such as Alpers’ disease or Alpers-Huttenlocher syndrome, especially in a child younger than 2 years old.
Why does valproic acid cause weight gain?
Alterations in energy intake or expenditure can result from, or be associated with, changes in biological mechanisms, including hormone levels. In vitro studies suggest that VPA initiates pancreatic insulin secretion that might increase appetite and energy storage and result in weight gain (Luef, et al., 2003).
What is the adverse effect of valproic acid?
Commonly reported side effects of valproic acid include: congenital anomalies, infection, abdominal pain, asthenia, drowsiness, nausea, tremor, vomiting, alopecia, diarrhea, dizziness, flu-like symptoms, thrombocytopenia, and anorexia.
What mood stabilizers cause weightloss?
Mood stabilizers Low risk of weight gain: Lamotrigine (Lamictal) is most likely to cause weight loss.
Can you drink alcohol with valproic acid?
Valproic acid capsules can cause drowsiness and dizziness. Do not drink alcohol or take other medicines that make you sleepy or dizzy while taking valproic acid capsules, until you talk with your doctor.