65 patient evaluations for Divalproex sodium

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Nov 6, 2010 (Started Jul 28, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (weight gain, diarrhea, loss of short term memory, social withdrawal, overeating, laziness, no lows/highs)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: I statred to take 2000 mg a day I stoppped checking my bank account from 10 times a day to 2x. My mania will killl me I cannot let it out????
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: overeating, social withdrawal, weight gain, laziness, loss of short term memory, no lows/highs, diarrhea

Sep 26, 2010 (Started Jul 28, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (weight gain, diarrhea, loss of short term memory, social withdrawal, overeating, laziness, no lows/highs)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: I only take 1000mg told my doc it was making me sick taking 2000mg no maina my mania can be deadly
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: overeating, social withdrawal, weight gain, laziness, loss of short term memory, no lows/highs, diarrhea

Sep 4, 2010 (Started Jul 28, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (weight gain, diarrhea, loss of short term memory, social withdrawal, overeating, laziness, no lows/highs)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: little mania
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: overeating, social withdrawal, weight gain, laziness, loss of short term memory, no lows/highs, diarrhea

Jun 13, 2010 (Started Jul 28, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Severe (weight gain, diarrhea, loss of short term memory, social withdrawal, overeating, laziness, no lows/highs)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: I have taken 2000 mg bt pd since and I am very depressed and fat and no mania
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: overeating, social withdrawal, weight gain, laziness, loss of short term memory, no lows/highs, diarrhea

May 31, 2010 (Started Jul 28, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (weight gain, diarrhea, loss of short term memory, social withdrawal, overeating, laziness, no lows/highs)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I been not taking 2 x 500mg 2x a day untill now I feel better and just 1000mg will not out me in the theaputic range, I had mania since 1/1/10. I have been stable and not soending money but I isolate and gained weight back I have to staRT SOMEWHERE!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: overeating, social withdrawal, weight gain, laziness, loss of short term memory, no lows/highs, diarrhea

May 9, 2010 (Started Jul 28, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (weight gain, diarrhea, loss of short term memory, social withdrawal, overeating, laziness, no lows/highs)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: this stops my mania but it makesme normal and hate this but my mania can be deadly possible weight gainer
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: overeating, social withdrawal, weight gain, laziness, loss of short term memory, no lows/highs, diarrhea

Jan 1, 2010 (Started Jul 28, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weight gain, diarrhea, laziness)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: I have been on 2000mg daily less minia and depression. But no drive feel druged and miss my mania!!!!Also weight problems mainly do to my lazzyness.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: overeating, social withdrawal, weight gain, laziness, loss of short term memory, no lows/highs, diarrhea

Jun 26, 2009 (Started Jul 28, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (weight gain, diarrhea, laziness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: overeating, social withdrawal, weight gain, laziness, loss of short term memory, no lows/highs, diarrhea

Jun 13, 2009 (Started Jul 28, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: it works
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: overeating, social withdrawal, weight gain, laziness, loss of short term memory, no lows/highs, diarrhea

Jan 31, 2009 (Started Jul 28, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weight gain, diarrhea, laziness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: I tryed to go on abilifty and that was for me a desaster. Depkote is the one i need but i have a hard time gettihg motivaded
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: overeating, social withdrawal, weight gain, laziness, loss of short term memory, no lows/highs, diarrhea

Jan 1, 2009 (Started Jul 28, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Severe (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: weight problems
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: overeating, social withdrawal, weight gain, laziness, loss of short term memory, no lows/highs, diarrhea

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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

Oct 7, 2010 (Started Nov 14, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar manic episodes)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: this medication made me gain a great deal of weight
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: weight gain

Feb 11, 2010 (Started Nov 14, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar manic episodes)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication does a great deal to control my mood swings, however, it has caused me to add a great deal of weight
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: weight gain

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Sep 9, 2010 (Started Oct 29, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 8, 2010 (Started Jun 05, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 2, 2010 (Started Jul 20, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (stuttering)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I did not tolerate this very well.I had a gait disturbance and very pronounced stutter while taking this.I also started itching about 45 minutes after taking medicine for about 2 weeks.

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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

Jul 19, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was previously prescribed this for Bipolar Disorder but seeing as the mood swings have continued and are more rapid than usual bipolar I am now wondering whether it is actually the CFS/MS/FMS causing the swings. Chicken or the egg...

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Jul 1, 2010 (Started Oct 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (hair loss)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Experienced massive hair loss
Side effects: hair loss

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 28, 2010 (Started Jun 28, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weight gain, fluid retention weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg One time
Advice & Tips: Depakote is also known as valproic acid - you can get you insurance to cover it on a name brand and name brand is better and has other effects then yhe off brand.. i got real sick on the off brand .. i have generalized seizures and my seirures can not handle the off brand ... so if you have your neuo submit paper work stating this is true for you for you as well your insurance will cover you. Then take the paper work to your pharmacy. Then they submit it for you and all you have to pay is a copay.
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: weight gain, fluid retention weight gain

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