65 patient evaluations for Divalproex sodium

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Jul 28, 2011 (Started Dec 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This hasn't helped with my seizures at all, but made my migraines almost non-existent. I'm in the process of weaning off this medication.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 20, 2011 (Started Jun 02, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for migraine)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 7, 2011 (Started Aug 22, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: weight gain

  • 0 helpful marks

May 2, 2011 (Started Apr 26, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Worked for me as a kid when having petit mal seizures. As an adult with grand mal seizure, I was in a lot of pain on this medication and had to stop taking it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 1, 2011 (Started Apr 22, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Dec 29, 2010 (Started Dec 25, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (insomnia, depressed mood, fatigue, memory problems, balance problems, brain fog, atrophy of right arm muscles, joint pain, muscle spasms)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Please talk to your doctor about negative side effects you are having. Find a neurologist they can help you understand what is going on!
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: balance problems, muscle spasms, fatigue, depressed mood, brain fog, insomnia, joint pain, atrophy of right arm muscles, memory problems

Mar 10, 2010 (Started Dec 25, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (insomnia, depressed mood, fatigue, memory problems, balance problems, brain fog, atrophy of right arm muscles, joint pain, muscle spasms)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: balance problems, muscle spasms, fatigue, depressed mood, brain fog, insomnia, joint pain, atrophy of right arm muscles, memory problems

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 12, 2010 (Started Mar 06, 1993)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (memory problems, memory and cognition problems)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: memory and cognition problems, memory problems, memory problems

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 23, 2010 (Started Jan 15, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for seizures (grand mal or tonic-clonic))
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1750 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was originally started on Depakote, back in 1989. It was very had to remember to take it on time, since it had to be taken at 4 different times per day. This resulted in larger swings in Depakote levels in my bloodstream, sometimes possibly leading to break-through seizures. Since I have been on Depakote ER this is no longer a problem, and it is much more convenient to take only one time per day.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 15, 2010 (Started May 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I gained about 80lbs while on Depakote.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 14, 2010 (Started Aug 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weight gain, difficulty making decisions, fuzzy thinking, breast enlargement, clearer skin)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Depakote controlled my seizures most of the time, but has not completely done so. The seizures always come back about a year or two after adjusting my dosage. The side effects for me are: weight gain, breast enlargement, tremors, depression, indecisiveness or what is termed "cloudy thinking" on the label... Positive effects were the relaxing effect of this medicine. It calmed me down emotionally. Depakote has made daily life easier but I am ready for a new medicine, as I am developing an immunity to it.
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: breast enlargement, weight gain, difficulty making decisions, clearer skin, fuzzy thinking

  • 0 helpful marks
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