One possible side effect of long term Depakote use is Depakote addiction. Long-term use, like with many other drugs, has a high risk of causing users to form a physical and/or psychological dependency to this medication.
Such a dependency often snowballs into sedative addiction, and long-term users may find major difficulties if they try to withdrawal from this medication. Depakote is considered an anticonvulsant but is also prescribed as a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder or depression, it is also prescribed for headaches and epilepsy. People, who take this drug for bipolar disorder and experience relief of certain symptoms such as insomnia, may feel more drawn to Depakote dependence because they are so dependent upon the effects of this drug to manage their life.
These individuals can become dependent upon the relieving effects, and be very afraid to be without this drug. For bipolar disorder, Depakote is often prescribed when patients have been non-responsive to antidepressants and other drugs. This can be very frustrating for bipolar individuals seeking relief, and if the relief they seek is found with this antipsychotic mood stabilizer; they may rely on the drug so heavily that it quietly turns into antipsychotic addiction. For individuals who take this medication for painful headaches, if it offers complete relief of pain when headaches occur; it may be very easy to become dependent on these relieving effects. It is understandable that individuals who suffer from headaches or bipolar disorder want to lead normal lives with relief of uncomfortable symptoms. However, finding instant and temporary relief with a medication that can cause physical dependency usually causes many additional problems in the long run.
As with other addictions, addiction to Depakote does not cure anything, the activity of this medication may mimic certain effects and take away physical pain or emotional problems while you are on the drug but if you stop taking it; all underlying problems or pain that was previously present may become present again and potentially in much worsened states. Additionally, many people may not want to discontinue their Depakote dependence because they want to avoid withdrawal symptoms, even if they realize that they might have an anticonvulsant addiction. The relief that this drug may offer to some people can be obtained through many non-addictive alternative treatments. There is no reason not to end anticonvulsant addiction, a short-period of withdrawal is worth it to live the rest of your life without the need for drugs; Depakote withdrawal symptoms are easily manageable by slowly reducing your dosage with medical guidance.
People are often put on anticonvulsants for mental conditions after a psychotic break or after other medications have not worked, and usually before any investigation is done into why this person is depressed or having mood swings. These drugs, may seem effective during the beginning, are not typically tolerated well with long-term consumption. The individual medicated on Depakote is usually incapable of functioning in life as they wish to, find it difficult to set or meet goals, and have trouble perceiving the reward of life. These unwanted effects are sometimes deemed as better than visits to the hospital, or in the case of insomnia; loss of sleep, so the individual stays on the drug. The answer for what’s creating this situation is different for each person, but there is usually excessive Dopamine.
Dopamine is our “reward” neurochemical, and too much of it makes everything over-stimulating and may result in mania. This can be caused by the neurology being stimulated with neurotoxins. This can be from toxin exposure, or a genetic issue often related to the way that individual clears toxins. For example, a poorly functioning methylator, will be incapable of clearing heavy toxic metals, and therefore will store them away in nerve and brain tissues. Poor diets lacking essential nutrients such as Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Zinc, or low blood sugar, food preservatives, and additional food issues can cause mania.
Our staff includes medical professionals to help individuals decrease Depakote dependence. For successful withdrawal from these drugs, we first lab test to find what resulted in the originating symptoms and toxicity often is identified the culprit, then we work to clear the individual out. Are there Depakote alternatives? We use specific beneficial substances that support inhibitory parts of their neurochemistry, natural substances that stabilize neurochemistry, body detoxification to remove neurotoxins accumulated environmentally, IV amino acid therapies, nutritional therapy, massage, exercise, yoga, personal fitness training, peer support, and other therapies to address withdrawal. When the person is sedated and stabilized as a result of these therapies, their medication can be reduced. Call today and learn more about why Depakote may have been initially prescribed and how we can provide professional, effective Depakote addiction help.
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