2 patient evaluations for Divalproex sodium taken for the purpose of 'Bipolar Disorder' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Moderate

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  • Gender: F
  • Age: 41
Condition: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 10 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported
I have:
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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Feb 19, 2012 (Started Jan 31, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 500 mg Daily

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Gender: M
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Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
40 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Bipolar Disorder

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Aug 31, 2007 (Started Dec 15, 2005)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Very
Dosage: 2000 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 monthly
Side effects: Slowed thinking, Tremor(s), Weight gain

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