4 patient evaluations for Valproic Acid

Kyn Kyn
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Kyn Kyn
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 1
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Severe
30 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
I have:
Bipolar II

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Sep 14, 2010 (Started Aug 11, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar manic episodes: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: After a little over a month of taking this med, I've gained over ten pounds. I'm starting to think this is not worth it, but a few weeks ago I picked up an exercise regimen and I seem to be shrinking back down to my normal size due mostly to my body's adjustment to the medication (Valproic Acid).

Aug 27, 2010 (Started Aug 11, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar manic episodes: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: There is definitely some weight gain, though its anti convulsive benefits are extraordinary. Will probably help with bipolar episodes, especially mania. You have to weigh the pros and cons of this drug if considering consumption.

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remotodd
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remotodd
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 34y
  • Duration: 19 yrs
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported
1 seizure
188 weeks ago
I have:
Epilepsy

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Aug 1, 2010 (Started Jul 05, 1998)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Epilepsy: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: Tooth pain

Jun 7, 2010 (Started Jul 05, 1998)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Epilepsy: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: Tooth pain

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Chelena
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Chelena
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 58
Condition: Osteoarthritis 20 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: None
I am: b
I have:
Osteoarthritis

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May 2, 2010 (Started Dec 19, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Other: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Can’t tell
  • Perceived effectiveness for Migraine headaches: Major
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I started taking this medication for Statis Migrainosis where I got terrible headaches that lasted for days and days and then increased into migraines for days and days on end. The depakote seems to have helped stop these kind of migraines I had almost completely and when I do get one, taking imitrex is effective where before it was not. In the past month my new P-doc pre-scribed taking a therapeutic dose of depakote to be a mood stabilizer as my moods change radically through the day, especially in the last two years since my youngest son joined the Marines. At first he increased it (after ordering bloodwork done) from 1000mg. a day to 1250mg. a day. I noticed within a week a difference in my mood. I was waking up feeling positive and feeling much less depressed about life in general -- especially my depression about N soon to deploy to Afghanistan. He saw me two weeks after I started taking the 1250mg. and decided I might benefit from taking four at night and two in the morning as my nightmares were still very bad and I was talking in my sleep a lot and so feeling unrested and needing two or more naps (one big one and a couple of short ones). Immediately I begain to experience intense dry throat and mouth. I drank a quart of water at night and then had to urinated several times a night and still I got the nightmares though less talking. I see him again in two weeks but I decreased back down to 1250mgs. on my own. We'll see how that works and what he says.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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SaMaNtHa20
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SaMaNtHa20
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: mild
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I have:
MS

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Jul 3, 2009 (Started Jan 16, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Other: None
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Never
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication just did not seem to help my headaches at all.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Heartburn

May 23, 2009 (Started Jan 16, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Other: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: For the amount this medication costs I couldn't really tell that it worked as well as the Amitriptyline did.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Heartburn

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