3 patient evaluations for Divalproex sodium with a cost of $25-49

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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

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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

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