When do you know your meds will or won't work? (Just started a new one)


I just started taking Depakote ER 1000mg a day on Friday, so....5 days ago.

How long before you know if the meds will work for your pain? Are these anticonvulsants and antidepressants ones that need to build up in your system before you start to benefit?



My doctor keeps me on meds for 30 days before he will consider switching or adding something.

Good to trial for 4 weeks then add more or add another med or find a completely different med.

Are you on an antidepressant too?

Welbutrin works the fastest and has no weight gain issues like the others. Most antidepressants take 4 weeks or so to kick in.

I'm only taking the one med at the moment.

I've thought about calling to request baclofen or ultram to take with it (like a lot of people here)

The side effects o the Depakote are just terrible, though. I feel like I either want to puke or poo ALLL the time!

I seem to always have side effect issues with every med I've been on, though. I've started this med at just one pill a day for a week and then I'm going to bump myself up to the 1000mg so I don't die from stomach pain and upset!