10 patient evaluations for Divalproex sodium taken for the purpose of 'bipolar disorder'

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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

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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

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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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Jul 19, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was previously prescribed this for Bipolar Disorder but seeing as the mood swings have continued and are more rapid than usual bipolar I am now wondering whether it is actually the CFS/MS/FMS causing the swings. Chicken or the egg...

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Jun 21, 2010 (Started Apr 21, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 20, 2009 (Started Nov 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 3, 2009 (Started Jul 26, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 20, 2009 (Started Jul 26, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 26, 2009 (Started Aug 21, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 750 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 3, 2009 (Started Sep 13, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (hair thinning, tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This med takes a few weeks or even more to be fully effective.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: hair thinning, tiredness

Nov 28, 2008 (Started Sep 13, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (hair thinning, tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Side effects: hair thinning, tiredness

  • 0 helpful marks

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: 500 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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