18 patient evaluations for Divalproex sodium with a side effects rating of Severe

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Jul 17, 2012 (Started Mar 04, 1972)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (personality changes due to medication, fluid retention weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 2, 2012 (Started Mar 04, 1972)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (personality changes due to medication, fluid retention weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 28, 2012 (Started Mar 04, 1972)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (personality changes due to medication, fluid retention weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This drug is also used to treat and elevate the mood particulary in mild/severe bipolar disorder. Therefor this has to be considered when decreasing the drug because the clients epilepsy has stabilized enough to warrant a reduction in anti-convulsive therapy.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 2, 2012 (Started Mar 04, 1972)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (personality changes due to medication, fluid retention weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Apert from the wheiht gain which is managed with a balanced diet I do find my mental health has improved somewhat as well. Perhaps because of the impact it has in my epilepsy control perhaps not as I have read it is used in mental health treatment as well.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 2, 2011 (Started Apr 26, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Worked for me as a kid when having petit mal seizures. As an adult with grand mal seizure, I was in a lot of pain on this medication and had to stop taking it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 1, 2011 (Started Apr 22, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Nov 15, 2010 (Started May 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I gained about 80lbs while on Depakote.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 1, 2010 (Started Jun 30, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar manic episodes)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Extreme Hair loss/ breakage of hair. Very upsetting. Its a shame because other than losing my hair it worked well.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Jul 1, 2010 (Started Oct 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (hair loss)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Experienced massive hair loss
Side effects: hair loss

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 23, 2010 (Started Jun 11, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Severe (increased anger)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It added to my anger as well as my paranoia. I would get headaches and my eating had decreased.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: increased anger

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 4, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Severe (decreased sex drive (libido), tremor in hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 750 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Watch weight strictly. Anorgasmia. No libido.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: tremor in hands, decreased sex drive (libido)

Mar 17, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Severe (decreased sex drive (libido), tremor in hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: tremor in hands, decreased sex drive (libido)

Mar 3, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (decreased sex drive (libido), tremor in hands)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: tremor in hands, decreased sex drive (libido)

  • 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
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