67 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

Jul 25, 2010 (Started Dec 30, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take this medication every single day like prescribed because don't like having a seizure. It's helping me from having several seizures a day to quite a few in the week.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Apr 1, 2011 (Started Apr 22, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Nov 1, 2010 (Started Jun 30, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar manic episodes)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Extreme Hair loss/ breakage of hair. Very upsetting. Its a shame because other than losing my hair it worked well.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

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

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

Apr 22, 2006 (Started May 18, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Severe (elevated liver enzymes, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: It seemed to be fairly effective but I had to stop taking it when it began raising my liver enzymes to a toxic level. While I gained some weight from taking this medication most of it was lost easily once it was discontinued.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: elevated liver enzymes, weight gain

  • 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

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: 1000 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

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
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