What is Divalproex sodium?

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Divalproex sodium is chemically compounded from sodium valproate and valproic acid in a 1:1 ratio. It is a delayed release, enteric coated tablet used for seizures, mania associated with bipolar disorder and prevention of migraines.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Epilepsy 581 272
Bipolar disorder 411 245
Migraine headaches 109 58
Bipolar II disorder 68 46
Bipolar I disorder 52 35
Bipolar manic episodes 45 34

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 191
Moderate 204
Mild 193
None 187

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Divalproex sodium

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 153
Hair loss 49
Fatigue 41
Drowsiness 26
Tremor in hands 24
Nausea 19

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Divalproex sodium

Dosage Patients Percentage
500 mg daily 12
1000 mg daily 12
500 mg twice daily 9
750 mg daily 5
250 mg twice daily 4
1500 mg daily 4
2000 mg daily 4
250 mg daily 3
125 mg daily 2
1000 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Divalproex sodium

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 350
Did not seem to work 255
Doctor's advice 178
Other 110
Personal research 34
Expense 31
Course of treatment ended 26
Change in health plan coverage 12
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Duration

Currently taking Divalproex sodium

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 19

Stopped taking Divalproex sodium

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 126
1 - 6 months 143
6 months - 1 year 77
1 - 2 years 81
2 - 5 years 131
5 - 10 years 50
10 years or more 59
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 608
Usually 116
Sometimes 25
Never taken as prescribed 26
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 59
Somewhat hard to take 122
A little hard to take 118
Not at all hard to take 476
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 19
$100-199 19
$50-99 34
$25-49 63
< $25 304
Not specified 336

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Divalproex sodium after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 42
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 22
Topiramate (Topamax) 14
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 11
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 6

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Patients stopped taking Divalproex sodium and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 39
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 12
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 12
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 12
Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal) 9

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65 patient evaluations for Divalproex sodium

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

May 9, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 23, 2016 (Started Feb 28, 2015)

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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