Klonopin is as effective, longer acting, a smoother but xanax is also good, so listen to your doc. Depakote withdrawal is the most worrisome because it suppresses an active brain, so has to be done slowly, and your doctor may substitute another less potent med to cover you through part of that withdrawal.The others is done slowly will also be covered by depakote in regard to potential seizures.
I came off depakote with no problem. No withdrawals when weaned off by my doctor. Depakote is a mood stabilizer and you are now asking what is a could anti anxiety medication. I can't take those because of side effects and my history of drug and alcohol abuse but best of luck. I hope you get some replies here to help you.
i have been taking 1000mg of depakote daily (500mg in the a.m. and 500mg in the p.m.) for alcohol-withdrawal related seizures i stopped drinking on my own for one week and had two seizures within a half an hour of each other and ended up in the emergency room and stayed in the hospital for a week. they said i didn't need to take the depakote anymore but put me on it for precautionary reasons for one month. i want to stop taking it--any comments?