67 patient evaluations for Divalproex sodium

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May 10, 2017 (Started Mar 09, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Very low white blood cell count)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: had to sto[ WBC dropped to 3
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 9, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg All the time (24/7)

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg All the time (24/7)

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 23, 2016 (Started Feb 28, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 9, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Head pressure)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 2, 2016 (Started Apr 07, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: In order to stay on top of never missing a dose, I set my alarm on my iPhone as well as downloaded an app called Mango Health. It is free and very easy to use.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 23, 2015 (Started Nov 26, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: After trying everything for my headaches/migraines, I was hoping this one would work. But it did not.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 22, 2015 (Started Nov 26, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: After trying many meds for my headaches/migraines, this was my last hope. It did not work.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 9, 2013 (Started Apr 30, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Bipolar manic episodes)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take

Jul 16, 2013 (Started Apr 30, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Bipolar manic episodes)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 20, 2012 (Started Aug 15, 1988)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (generalized anxiety disorder, Fatigue, Dental problems, Weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I find the burden of taking this med very diffucult because I have been on the same med for 25 yrs now and I feel it is not as efficient now as it was 25 yrs ago. It is causing dental issues with my tooth enamel and gums. It causes weight issues even though I eat an extremely healthy diet and am active. In the past 3 yrs, I haven't felt nearly as well as in past yrs. I have recently learned that Drs. no longer perscribe Depakote to children as it may cause depression/suicidal thoughts. I believe I am experiencing feelings of anxiety due to long-term usage. I know there are newer/better medications and don't understand why my neurologist just shrugs me off when I mention the possibility for change.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 17, 2012 (Started Mar 04, 1972)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Personality changes due to medication, Fluid retention weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 2, 2012 (Started Mar 04, 1972)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Personality changes due to medication, Fluid retention weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 28, 2012 (Started Mar 04, 1972)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Personality changes due to medication, Fluid retention weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This drug is also used to treat and elevate the mood particulary in mild/severe bipolar disorder. Therefor this has to be considered when decreasing the drug because the clients epilepsy has stabilized enough to warrant a reduction in anti-convulsive therapy.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 2, 2012 (Started Mar 04, 1972)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Personality changes due to medication, Fluid retention weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Apert from the wheiht gain which is managed with a balanced diet I do find my mental health has improved somewhat as well. Perhaps because of the impact it has in my epilepsy control perhaps not as I have read it is used in mental health treatment as well.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 10, 2012 (Started Sep 08, 1993)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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