Depakote and/or Lithium & Red Bumps
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Q:  Depakote and/or Lithium & Red Bumps

I tried lithium and it made me feel very spaced out. I started on depakote a couple of weeks ago and at 750mg I have noticed a big improvement of my symptoms, but I feel like I have no emotion. Last night I added a little bit of lithium to the depakote and this morning I have these red bumps on my abdomen and back. Is this something that could be caused by the depakote alone and just took time to happen? Or is this something that could be caused by the lithium/depakote combo?

Dear Brent --
Can't think of how the combo' would be responsible. By this time I hope it's getting better. For all general readers here, this is the kind of thing that needs to go directly to your doctor (the one who prescribed the medication) because there are serious reactions that can start like the one Brent describes here. In your case, Brent, I hope you and the doc' have it figured out by now. As a friend of mine says, "medications are guilty until proven innocent". Make sure any such reaction is gone for several weeks before you start lamotrigine in case that option comes up in your discussion.

Dr. Phelps

Published January, 2004


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