3 patient evaluations for Divalproex sodium taken for the purpose of 'bipolar disorder' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Moderate

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May 10, 2017 (Started Mar 09, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Very low white blood cell count)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: had to sto[ WBC dropped to 3
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 19, 2012 (Started Jan 31, 2012)

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

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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: 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: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Slowed thinking, Tremor(s), Weight gain

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