66 patient evaluations for Divalproex sodium

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Jan 8, 2009 (Started Dec 31, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar rapid cycling)
  • Side effects
    Mild (thirst, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have only been taking this medicine just over a week and it seems to be working so far. I have experienced some very unpredictable nausea/vomitting. Its not every time I take it and it comes completely out of nowhere. Its weird. One minute I'm fine, then all of a sudden I'm running to the bathroom to get sick, then I'm completely fine again. I haven't really had any upset stomach, which makes this even more bizarre. I'm hoping this will go away with time.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: thirst, nausea, nausea

Dec 31, 2008 (Started Dec 31, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar rapid cycling)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: thirst, nausea, nausea

  • 1 helpful mark

Jan 3, 2009 (Started Sep 13, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (hair thinning, tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This med takes a few weeks or even more to be fully effective.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: hair thinning, tiredness

Nov 28, 2008 (Started Sep 13, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (hair thinning, tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Side effects: hair thinning, tiredness

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 1, 2009 (Started Jun 27, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 750 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 13, 2008 (Started Jun 27, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Don't abruptly stop medication. Doing so may cause you to have a seizure
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 31, 2008 (Started Dec 02, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness, diarrhea, brain fog, fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 750 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Up the dosage slowly, be patient.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: fatigue, brain fog, diarrhea, drowsiness, fatigue, drowsiness

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 22, 2008 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 375 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take this medication to maintain my awareness. I know what it feels like to be completely depressed, sucidal, etc. I don't ever want to go back to that place.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: fatigue, nausea

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 18, 2008 (Started Jul 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (elevated liver enzymes, extreme sedation, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 125 mg Daily
Side effects: weight gain

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 10, 2008 (Started Feb 25, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 750 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 1, 2008 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (hallucinations, stomach problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 125 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Serious stomach problems arose as well as it not being effective at all for me.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: hallucinations, stomach problems

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 15, 2007 (Started Mar 15, 2007)

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 31, 2007 (Started Dec 15, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (slowed thinking, weight gain, tremor(s))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 500 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

  • 0 helpful marks
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