16 patient evaluations for Divalproex sodium with a side effects rating of Moderate

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Sep 19, 2017 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (head pressure)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 9, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (head pressure)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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

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Jul 20, 2011 (Started Jun 02, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for migraine)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 7, 2011 (Started Aug 22, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: weight gain

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 12, 2010 (Started Mar 06, 1993)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (memory and cognition problems, memory problems)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: memory and cognition problems, memory problems, memory problems

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 14, 2010 (Started Aug 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (clearer skin, breast enlargement, fuzzy thinking, difficulty making decisions, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 125 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Depakote controlled my seizures most of the time, but has not completely done so. The seizures always come back about a year or two after adjusting my dosage. The side effects for me are: weight gain, breast enlargement, tremors, depression, indecisiveness or what is termed "cloudy thinking" on the label... Positive effects were the relaxing effect of this medicine. It calmed me down emotionally. Depakote has made daily life easier but I am ready for a new medicine, as I am developing an immunity to it.
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: fuzzy thinking, breast enlargement, weight gain, difficulty making decisions, clearer skin

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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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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

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

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Apr 28, 2010 (Started Nov 06, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (cranky)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: cranky

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