sodium valproate (Epival)
divalproex sodium (Depakote)
DO NOT stop taking medication without talking to your doctor.
DO talk to your doctor if you’re gaining weight – there are options available.
These are medications that are often used as migraine preventatives – and often help – but that are also notorious for contributing to weight gain in some people. Obviously there are other examples. (Note: I just included one brand name for the sake of space. These medications are included in various other brand names.)
I appreciated the recent post from Diana-Lee – Avoiding & Coping With Migraine Medication-Related Weight Gain and Kerrie’s thoughts in Migraine Preventives & Weight Gain, so I thought I’d add some specifics to the conversation.
Have you experienced weight gain with any of these medications? What about others – topiramate? Propranolol? What else?