65 patient evaluations for Divalproex sodium

Oct 15, 2007 (Started Mar 15, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Severe (loss of manual dexterity, unintentional weight loss, hair loss, excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), loss of balance, decreased appetite)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily

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Aug 31, 2007 (Started Dec 15, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (tremor(s), weight gain, slowed thinking)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I put on between 50 and 60 pounds while on Depakote ER, and lost my desire to work out, since I was a walking Zombie. In addition I don't feel that it helped me very much with mood swings, as I still had them, and would snap at people such as coworkers, friends, bosses, etc. Coming off Depakote was extremely difficult. A few weeks into tapering off, I out of nowhere became extremely dizzy at work and fell down. To stand up I had to hold on to the counters and get myself to a table. After this I started having bad muscle pain and tightness. In addition, my mood swings were actually worse than before. I have found lamictal to be a much better functioning medication, with very little side affects.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: slowed thinking, tremor(s), weight gain

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Aug 1, 2007 (Started Aug 15, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Tourette syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: MISDIAGNOSED WITH TOURETTE SYNDROME BY AN RXHAPPY DOCTOR. Had an EEG showing Temporal Lobe Epileptogenesis in Nov. 2009 but due to insurance troubles couldn't get a second test done until July 2011, which came back normal. They think my Epilepsy might have gone away on its own by then, but I was not prescribed Depakote for Epilepsy anyway. It didn't make me feel BAD like most of my other medications, but it did nothing for the twitches either. But I stayed on it for quite some time anyway only because my doctor told me I had to take it with ice cream, haha.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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