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Depakote Alternatives

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Alternative to Meds Center is very familiar with effective Depakote alternatives and natural solutions for mental health issues as well as migraines and other unwanted symptoms.

Individuals who seek Depakote alternatives help do so for a variety of different reasons, but primarily to address their health and mental health in a more natural way. We help people to get off Depakote and become mentally and physically healthy without medication.

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 Antipsychotics alternatives have been our specialty at Alternative to Meds Center for a decade and a half. We invite you to review our published evidence regarding the long-term success of our clients. We know that there could be overlooked root or underlying causes for mental as well as physical symptoms, and these can be resolved without toxic drugs in the vast majority of cases. This is a superior solution to being mislabeled and put on a never-ending regimen of drugs that don’t really help and in fact, can do substantial harm. 
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Natural Alternatives to Depakote vs Prescription Drugs

We know there are better ways of life than remaining on prescription drugs and fighting side effects or other problems.

depakote alternativesDepakote ( divalproex sodium, Valproic Acid ) is an anticonvulsant prescribed for the treatment of epilepsy and migraines. It is also frequently prescribed as a mood stabilizer for the treatment of manic episodes of bipolar disorder and in some cases of schizophrenia.

Depakote is also used as an antidepressant, particularly in cases where patients have been non-responsive to antidepressants or other medications. Many doctors that treat patients who suffer from bipolar disorder, and the patients as well, would agree that bipolar is a challenging disorder to treat. Even though there is a constantly rising number of new pharmaceutical compounds that are meant to stabilize depression and address bipolar, mania, and pain, drugs are just not always completely satisfactory for many patients.

A Combined Medical and Holistic Approach Is Key

natural alternatives for mental healthWith a combined medical and holistic approach, you can get off Depakote and be mentally healthy. Sufferers of bipolar mania or psychosis may often find themselves choosing between living a life with uncomfortable side effects or opting for an alternative approach to Depakote and where guidance is not available, will be worrying about figuring out how to manage serious mood swings. Other individuals may find despite exhausting processes of trial and error with several different drugs or combinations of medications, their mental health symptoms persist and cause major problems.

There is a better solution for all of these scenarios using natural alternatives to drugs within a comprehensive treatment program that can effectively address the problem.

A Note on Pregnancy and Depakote Alternatives

depakote alternativesMany women with bipolar disorder who want children may have to choose between using alternatives during pregnancy and risking the chance that their child could suffer birth defects. Unfortunately; all pharma-based mood stabilizers available are suspected of being harmful to a developing fetus in humans. Fortunately, there are several viable and potentially very effective Depakote alternatives. Many alternatives to Depakote can be effective by themselves and may help to lessen and prevent mood swings to a point where patients are able to lead satisfying lifestyles. In situations where Depakote has been deemed as unacceptable by doctors and patients due to health complications, antipsychotic alternatives can help allow patients to achieve a comfortable, gradual Depakote tapering process.

Reducing the Risks

getting off depakoteYou may be worried about the risk of liver damage or other possible consequences of Depakote, as discussed on AbbVie, the drug manufacturer’s website.4 

Alternatives for bipolar disorder treatment can work in many different fashions but tend to come in one of three ways or more. Firstly, some alternative therapies appear to operate in similar ways as pharmaceuticals in the management of mood, but with significantly lower risks or no risks of side effects. For example, St. Johns Wort, the herb has been known to have anti-depressant activity and acupuncture is a fairly effective treatment for controlling and preventing mania in many people. Secondly, other Depakote alternative approaches search for and often find underlying explanations for bipolar disorder, manic depression, and other mental health conditions diagnosed by psychiatrists. For example, endocrine problems that are untreated are vastly recognized for causing difficulties with mood, and food allergies can cause extreme mood swings for some people.

NOTE: For instructions on reporting adverse effects of pharmaceutical drugs, MedWatch is a program under the umbrellas of the FDA that can help.5 

Discovering Why You Started Having Symptoms

lab testing for root causesWe discover why you started having symptoms and offer a scientific solution to the underlying problem. Most alternative treatments aim to improve an individual’s health overall, under the belief that this can help the body to be more effective in fighting mood problems, particularly mood swings and depression. For some, as an example, not taking care of themselves and their health may result in high blood pressure or heart problems. For others, mood problems, mania, even psychosis may result. Physical or emotional stress may worsen bipolar disorder or depression. So, learning how to handle stress better through mood stabilizer alternatives such as psychotherapy (talk-therapy), developing proper nutritional habits, and regular physical activities may help keep the disorder under control. Individuals are often put on this drug without knowing all the potential consequences of Depakote withdrawal. Our medical director helps people reduce dependency upon psychiatric drugs by way of creating effective natural alternatives to Depakote.

Scientific Methods to Determine Underlying Causes

natural treatments for antipsychoticsTo effectively withdraw from these drugs, Alternative to Meds Center uses lab testing for the underlying causes of the original issues. Since toxicity is usually the culprit,2  then we aim to clear the person of toxins. We use supplements that support inhibitory compounds of neurochemistry, and our program aims at using natural substances to maintain the stabilization of neurochemistry.

The purpose of the body detoxification process is to rid the body of accumulated neurotoxins that may have contributed to chronic symptomology. We provide custom nutritional therapy such as IV therapy, and also use massage, acupuncture, peer support, exercise training, and healing holistic therapies which can address expected symptoms from discontinuing Depakote. Once the client is stable and calm from therapies such as a clean keto-based diet,1,3  and other alternative therapies, the medication can be safely reduced. Our holistic Depakote alternatives treatments are effective and compassionately delivered.

Summary: Natural Alternatives to Depakote 

  • Body detoxification to rid accumulated neurotoxins **
  • Keto-based diet (avoid sugars, high glycemic foods, caffeine, etc.) *
  • Orthomolecular-based medicine
  • IV nutritional therapy
  • Physical therapies such as acupuncture, massage, Reiki, mild exercise, etc.
  • Diet regimen to support gut health and begin to stabilize neurochemistry naturally*
  • Targeted supplementation that supports inhibitory compounds of neurochemistry
  • Talk therapy  

*Diet has been found to successfully put chronic schizophrenia into remission without drugs. 

** Studies show toxic exposure negatively affects mental health. 

Want More Info on Natural Alternatives to Depakote?

equine therapy Alternative to Meds CenterAlternative to Meds Center is located in Sedona Arizona. Our pristine facility is nestled within a short distance to the breathtaking beauty of Sedona’s famous red rocks, offering many opportunities to explore the hiking trails and majestic vistas nearby. We offer a wide range of therapies, including gentle, supervised equine-assisted therapy and other outdoor activities designed to encourage empowerment and confidence. Our holistic treatment programs have helped many suffering from migraines and other unwanted symptoms to discover natural alternatives to Depakote and other drugs, and we can help you or your loved one too.

Please call us to find out more information about insurance, or to have a more in-depth conversation about other important questions you may have. 


1. Palmer, C “Chronic Schizophrenia Put Into Remission Without Medication.” Psychology Today {Internet] 2019 Apr 6 [cited 2020 Sep 12]

2. Brown J S, “Introduction: An Update on Psychiatric Effects of Toxic Exposures.” Psychiatric Times [Internet] 2016 Sep 30 [cited 2020 Sep 12]

3. Aucoin M, LaChance L, Kidd S, “Diet and psychosis: A Scoping Review.” Journal of Neuropsychobiology [Internet] 2020 [cited 2020 Sep 12]

4. “Depakote: Frequently asked questions.” Abbvie Pharmaceutical information from drugmaker [Internet] published 2020 [cited 2020 Sep 12]

5. Med Watch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.” [Internet] [cited 2020 Sep 12]



This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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