I couldn't come up with anything better than to reference an old Supertramp song. Obscure, yes.
Less than 2 weeks after starting Depakote, we took Mira off it. We noticed a drastic change in her mood soon after starting it. She became increasingly irritable all of last week, which escalated to her screaming Friday night and turning purple she was getting so upset. She had a lot of trouble decompressing at night and did a lot of screaming all week. It did nothing for her seizures so we decided Friday was her last day on it. Today she is pretty much back to her old self.
We had a similar episode when she tried Felbatol in early 2007, only we took her off of that after only a few days. That was really awful for her. We haven't seen such a poor reaction to a medication since Felbatol, thankfully, but Depakote was a good contender for worst meds.
We put a call in to neurology to see what her neuro suggests. Frankly, there isn't much left that she hasn't tried, other than Neurontin (Gabapentin), Zarontin (Ethosuximide), Gabatril (Tiagabine) and Inovelon (Rufinamide), which isn't available in the U.S. Since Lyrica is about the only thing that has worked for her, it would be nice to find a medication that has a similar mechanism of action.