8 patient evaluations for Divalproex sodium taken for the purpose of 'epilepsy' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Moderate

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Aug 20, 2012 (Started Aug 15, 1988)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (generalized anxiety disorder, fatigue, dental problems, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I find the burden of taking this med very diffucult because I have been on the same med for 25 yrs now and I feel it is not as efficient now as it was 25 yrs ago. It is causing dental issues with my tooth enamel and gums. It causes weight issues even though I eat an extremely healthy diet and am active. In the past 3 yrs, I haven't felt nearly as well as in past yrs. I have recently learned that Drs. no longer perscribe Depakote to children as it may cause depression/suicidal thoughts. I believe I am experiencing feelings of anxiety due to long-term usage. I know there are newer/better medications and don't understand why my neurologist just shrugs me off when I mention the possibility for change.
Cost: < $25 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.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 25, 2010 (Started Dec 30, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 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

Jun 28, 2010 (Started Jun 28, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fluid retention weight gain, 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

  • 0 helpful marks

May 4, 2010 (Started Apr 28, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: i get so tired in the afternoon......
Side effects: sleepiness

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 7, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 1992)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (chronic diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 750 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It has caused severe diarrhea ever since I started taking it.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: chronic diarrhea

Dec 30, 2009 (Started Jan 01, 1992)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (chronic diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 3000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It has caused fatigue, an increase in weight and massive amounts of diahhrea. In contrast, os all medications I have taken for seizures it controls them the best for me.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: chronic diarrhea

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 13, 2010 (Started Feb 02, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 125 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The medication worked well but the weight gain was not good for me so if you have a weight problem to the heavy side you need to be very cause with how you take this and how your diet is monitored.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 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
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