The Road Back Program was started in 1999 and with
well over 40,000 people now off addictive medication
using this program, we are the largest out-patient
drug withdrawal program in the world. Over the past
decade the program has changed considerably with new
research, breakthroughs and by listening to what
people using the program have told us. All the
clinical studies in the world by medical
professionals are worthless if they do not lead to a
person feeling better and doing better in life
regarding Depakote side effects and Depakote
There was a time not so long ago the medical
community felt Depakote was not addictive. In 2012,
the Surgeon General for the U.S. Army acknowledged
Depakote was not just addictive but he went further
to remove Depakote from the psychoactive drug list
approved to give our troops. Well intentioned
physicians may still believe Depakote is not
addictive but this does not make them a bad
physician, it does mean they are still uninformed
The point I wish to make with the above text is;
clinical studies may be accurate or they may even be
completely false, we at The Road Back as well as
physician’s need to listen to each of you. If the
goal is to assist people off Depakote and have the
person feel real well during the Depakote tapering,
we need to listen to you and not clinical studies
only. This program was developed by taking Depakote
clinical studies and putting that information to
use. Some of the information has worked quite well,
while other information turned out to be worthless.
An example of this regarding Depakote: If Depakote
is used for a prolonged period of time the Depakote
will deplete the B vitamin biotin from the body. A
deficiency of biotin will cause numbness or tingling
of the extremities, a reaction to loud noise or a
reaction to bright light which could also include
seizures. This is a biotin deficiency and not a
medical problem. Put the right amount of biotin back
in the body and these symptoms vanish. It is that
This program is a culmination of 13-years of work,
13-years of failure and 13-years of success. None of
us are exactly the same; the Depakote side effects
you may be experiencing may not be the same Depakote
side effects experienced by others, how you do while
tapering the Depakote may not be the same for
others, you may be able to taper Depakote a little
faster than average or you may need to take this a
There are some basics that apply to all people
though when it comes to being able to withdrawal
from Depakote. We take those basics, the list of
side effects from the Depakote drug approval process
and from these, you have our program. Read through
the Depakote side effect list found below on this
page, you may have quite a few of them or only a
small quantity. Either way, the program is designed
to guide you through the Depakote withdrawal
You start out with what we call the Pre-Taper. The
Pre-Taper are things you start doing before you ever
reduce the Depakote.
Two of the side effects that tend to be common with
each person taking Depakote are daytime anxiety and
insomnia. Unless we can handle these two side
effects, there really would not be a Depakote
withdrawal program. These two side effects are that
debilitating when left out of control. Once the
daytime anxiety and insomnia are under control,
other Depakote side effects you may be experiencing
have a chance of simply going away on their own
because they were anxiety and sleep related.
It would be hard to argue that constant anxiety on
top of no sleep would not cause a person stress. We
have gene in our cells called the JNK gene. This
gene becomes too active when stress is chronic and
this over activation of the JNK gene will lead to
other body problems and some of those problems can
be mentally related in time. So we also want to
reduce the over activation of the JNK gene during
the pre-taper and keep this gene in check throughout
the taper process as well.
Natural supplements can be used to regulate the JNK
gene, anxiety and insomnia. The Depakote creates a
metabolic disorder bringing some enzymes too high
and when the flow of the metabolic system becomes
stuck or flowing too profusely the body can’t handle
it and a cascading effect takes place. You may
become anxious due to the calcium firing erratically
or by the adrenals out of balance or a host of
proteins being too abundant or even too few.
You will start the Pre-Taper by taking a supplement
called JNK Capsules. This supplement contains
botanicals that have been proven to regulate the JNK
gene, reduce stress, and put back in the cells what
the benzodiazepines have stripped out and more. As
stated earlier, long term use of a benzodiazepine
will create an inadequate amount of the B vitamin
biotin. Biotin has been included in the JNK Capsule
formula to address this issue.
A metabolic disorder will take place with Depakote
usage in an area called nitric oxide and nitric
oxide synthase. These are also known as NO/NOS. Too
much NO will overwhelm NOS and then a substance
called NMDA will go out of balance and this will
lead to the misfiring of calcium. Here you have the
rapid start of anxiety and the start of insomnia.
A supplement called Relax Day should be used during
the daytime to help with the Depakote induced
anxiety. The supplement blend of Relax Day has the
ingredients required to help regulate the NO/NOS
cycle as well as to help keep the JNK gene from
being over expressed. You would take 1 teaspoon
every 2 to 4 hours throughout the day.
At bedtime, you will take one of 2 supplements. You
can choose between Relax Night With Melatonin or
Relax Night Melatonin Free. The one with melatonin
is a little stronger but the melatonin free product
still works rather well for those of you sensitive
to melatonin. You would take 1 teaspoon 15-minutes
With the Relax Day and Relax Night products being in
a liquid form, you can easily decrease the amount
you take if you feel too tired and too relaxed.
Depakote Withdrawal Side Effects
- Perceptible forcible pulsation of the heart,
usually with an increase in frequency or force, with
or without irregularity in rhythm.
- Rapid heart rate.
EAR AND LABYRINTH DISORDERS
- Any pain connected to the inner or outer portion
of the ear.
- A sound in one ear or both ears, such as buzzing,
ringing, or whistling, occurring without an external
stimulus and usually caused by a
separate condition, such as the use of
- A sensation of irregular or whirling motion,
either of oneself or of external objects.
- Compared to normal, a distortion of vision.
- Prolonged abnormal dilation of the pupil of the
eye induced by a drug or caused by disease.
intolerance of light, especially by the eyes,
as may be caused by eye inflammation.
An abnormal fear of light.
- Pain between the chest and pelvis, stomach,
intestines, liver, spleen, and pancreas.
- Difficulty having normal bowel movement.
- Excessive and frequent evacuation of watery feces.
- When the mouth is dry beyond what might be normal.
- Disturbed digestion; indigestion.
- Difficulty in swallowing or inability to swallow.
- A feeling of sickness with the urge to vomit.
- Of or pertaining to the larynx or pharynx.
- A continual or excessive amount of saliva
that is uncontrollable.
- Ejecting all or part of the stomach contents.
- Loss or lack of bodily strength.
- A feeling in the chest of contraction.
- An accumulation of an excessive amount of watery
cells, tissues, or body cavities.
– The body feeling drained of energy.
- Feelings associated with drinking too much
Feeling hot or cold
- An uncontrollable feeling of being too hot or cold
that is abnormal
for the temperature.
- An uneasy feeling often associated with the
inability to remain still.
- Feeling like the day after consuming too much
alcohol. All or a few hangover sensations may be
- An abnormal amount of energy bordering on hyper.
Loss of control of legs
– Inability to control
legs, such as restless leg syndrome.
- A vague feeling of bodily discomfort, as at the
beginning of an illness.
- Shivering or trembling, as caused by a chill. A
state of rigidity
in living tissues or organs that prevents response
- A fatigue type feeling or dull.
- An abnormal sensation of needing liquid.
- A reduced state of normal energy and stamina.
INFECTIONS AND INFESTATIONS
- The body feeling and at times the manifestation
of flue like symptoms.
Upper respiratory tract infections
- Infection of the nose, sinuses, pharynx
(part of neck and throat) or larynx (commonly known
as the voice box).
- Nightmares or dreams that are upsetting to the
- Hostile or destructive behavior or actions.
- A feeling where something or anything could set a
person toward anger or combativeness.
- Uncontrollable and volatile emotion with rage;
an attempt to stop someone or something.
- A state
as about future uncertainties.
A state of intense apprehension, uncertainty,
and fear resulting from the anticipation of a
threatening event or situation, often to a degree
that normal physical and psychological functioning
- A feeling of no hope, such as if anything can be
done it would not work.
- A slowness of the mind.
- An impaired orientation with respect to time,
place or the form of an event.
- A state in which the normal sense of personal
identity and reality is lost, characterized
by feelings that one’s actions and speech
cannot be controlled.
- A lowering of the state of mind or emotion
compared to what a person normally feels.
- A feeling of no hope.
are strange, unreal, or somehow altered, as
seen in schizophrenia.
– A loss of sense of direction, position, or
relationship with one’s
A temporary or permanent state
of confusion regarding place, time or
- An emotional state marked by anxiety, depression,
- A feeling of great happiness or well-being,
commonly exaggerated and not necessarily well
- False or distorted perception of objects or events
with a compelling sense of their reality, usually
resulting from a traumatic life event or drugs.
- The formation of the idea or having the mental
image of murder.
- A mild form of mania, characterized by
hyperactivity and euphoria.
- A sudden pushing or driving force. A sudden wish
or urge that prompts an unpremeditated act or
feeling; an abrupt inclination.
- Chronic inability to fall asleep
or remain asleep
for an adequate length of time.
- 1. The capacity to respond to stimuli. 2. Abnormal
or excessive sensitivity to stimuli of organism,
organ, or body part.
- Sexual desire decreased.
- Sexual desire increased.
- Incoherent talkativeness.
- A manifestation of bipolar disorder characterized
by profuse and rapidly changing ideas, exaggerated
gaiety, and excessive physical activity.
- The up and or down movement of emotions that are
- Easily agitated or distressed.
- A dream creating intense fear, horror, and
- The retardation of movement and or mental process.
- An uneasy feeling of not being able to be where
one is located comfortably.
- The formation of an idea or mental image of
killing one self.
METABOLISM AND NUTRITION DISORDERS
- Loss of appetite, usually including a fear of
becoming obese or a aversion toward food.
- A decrease in the feeling one needs food for
- An increase of the desire for food for survival.
MUSCULOSKELETAL AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISORDERS
- Severe pain in a joint.
- An unexplained pain anywhere in the back.
- Muscle being contracted to the point of
- A rhythmic or irregular involuntary movement of
- Muscular pain or tenderness, especially when
Pain in limb
- Pain in arm or leg.
NERVOUS SYSTEM DISORDERS
- The loss or impairment of memory.
- Loss of the ability to coordinate muscular
- Maintaining balance of the body difficult in
comparison to what is normal for the person.
Disturbance in attention
- Not able to remain as focused
as one was able to in the past.
- A disorienting sensation such as faintness,
light-headedness, or unsteadiness.
- Difficulty in articulating words due to emotional
stress or to paralysis or in coordination of the
muscles used in speaking.
- An impairment in the ability to
control movements, characterized by spasmodic
or repetitive motions of lack of coordination.
- A continual or time specific duration with
pressure or pain within the head.
- A condition in which one sleeps for an excessively
long time but is normal in the waking intervals.
- Reduced tension or pressure, as of the intraocular
the eyeball. Relaxation of the arteries.
- Not able to recall an instance from the past as
well as before.
- The ability to think and reason diminished.
- A skin sensation, such as burning, prickling,
itching, or tingling.
- An over expression of reduction of anxiety,
stress, irritability or excitement.
- A sudden attack, spasm, or convulsion,
as in epilepsy.
- A temporary
cessation of breathing while sleeping.
- Speaking words while asleep.
- A state of drowsiness; sleepiness. A condition of
semi- consciousness approaching coma.
- A state of impaired consciousness characterized by
a marked diminution in the capacity to react to
- A brief loss of consciousness caused by a sudden
fall of blood pressure or failure of cardiac
systole, resulting in cerebral anemia.
- An involuntary trembling movement.
RENAL, THORACIC, AND MEDIASTINAL DISORDERS
Difficulty in micturition
- Difficulty with urination or the frequency of.
- An abnormal frequency of urination.
- Involuntary leakage of urine.
REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM AND BREAST DISORDERS
- A condition marked by painful menstruation.
- A group of symptoms, including abdominal
bloating, breast tenderness, headache, fatigue,
irritability, and depression.
- A non-normal, for the individual, behavior or
ability to have sex.
RESPIRATORY, THORACIC AND MEDIASTINAL DISORDERS
- A feeling of choking with or without cause.
- Difficulty in breathing, often associated with
lung or heart
disease and resulting in shortness of breath.
- Abnormally fast or deep respiration resulting in
the loss of carbon dioxide from the blood, thereby
causing a decrease in blood pressure and sometimes
- A stoppage or restriction of the nasal passage.
- Inflammation of the nasal membranes.
- A discharge from the mucous membrane,
especially if excessive.
– A sudden, brief sensation of heat, often over the
entire body, caused by a transient dilation of blood
vessels of the skin.
- Abnormally low arterial blood pressure.
SKIN AND SUBCUTANEOUS TISSUE DISORDERS
- Abnormally moist, sticky and cold to the touch.
Pruritus - Severe itching, often of undamaged
- A skin eruption.
- Abnormal increase of perspiration.
- A skin condition characterized by welts that itch
intensely, caused by an allergic reaction, an
infection, or nervous condition.