9 patient evaluations for Divalproex sodium taken for the purpose of 'epilepsy' with a side effects 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: 500 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 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

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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: 1000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: memory and cognition problems, memory problems, memory problems

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Nov 14, 2010 (Started Aug 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (clearer skin, breast enlargement, cloudy thinking, difficulty making decisions, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 1000 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: breast enlargement, weight gain, difficulty making decisions, clearer skin, cloudy thinking

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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.

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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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Mar 23, 2010 (Started Mar 30, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for seizures (complex partial))
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take

Dec 21, 2009 (Started Mar 30, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily

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Nov 19, 2009 (Started Jan 06, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (slowed thinking, drowsiness, problems concentrating, tremor(s))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Side effects: problems concentrating, drowsiness, tremor(s), slowed thinking, memory problems

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 18, 2008 (Started Jul 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (elevated liver enzymes, extreme sedation, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Side effects: weight gain

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