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One thing which can counteract hair loss from depakote is taking zinc and selenium supplements. Buy a decent brand from a respectable store (it doesn't have to be an expensive brand name, but don't buy these from a dollar store). Just take as directed on the bottle. If this works & you can convince her to stay on depakote until she sees a psychiatrist that would be best.
If she absolutely refuses to stay on it, your plan to taper it (500mg X5days and then 250mg for 5 days) is a good one. Also, although there are a few major concerns with long term use of olanzapine, if you have enough of a supply, she could also temporarily increase the dose to 1.5 to 2 tablets/day (total dose of 11.25-15mg) to help treat her symptoms and prevent her from being hospitalized.
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