What is Depakine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Valproate Sodium

Depakine is an international brand name for valproate sodium, a derivative of valproic acid. It is used as an anticonvulsant to treat certain types of seizures, mania in bipolar disorder, and to prevent migraines.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bipolar Disorder 9 16
Epilepsy 8 5
Bipolar I Disorder 2 2
Bipolar manic episodes 2 1
Anxious mood 1 0
Cerebral Venous Thrombosis 1 0

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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
Severe 0
Moderate 10
Mild 5
None 9

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Depakine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 3
Anxious mood 2
Hair loss 2
Slowed thinking 2
Slow speech (bradyarthria) 2
ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Depakine

Dosage Patients
500 mg three times daily 2
150 mg three times daily 1
500 intl units daily 1
500 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Depakine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 3
Did not seem to work 2
Other 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Doctor's advice 1
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Duration

Currently taking Depakine

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 4

Stopped taking Depakine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 13
Usually 9
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 6
Not at all hard to take 13
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 8
Not specified 14

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Depakine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 1
Phenytoin (Dilantin) 1

Patients stopped taking Depakine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Depakine

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Timas
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Timas
Gender: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
35 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar Disorder

See Timas's full Depakine history

Jul 21, 2011 (Started Jan 06, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Bipolar Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It is a remedy, which stabilizes a chemical condition and prevents from too sudden mood swings, so that having some experience you can notice and evaluate moods and - especially - overexcited and hyperactive emotional boosts. The remedy is effective in preventing manic conditions, though there is quite a lot of way to go in psychotherapy, healthy lifestyle, sports, positive attitudes, meditation or other methods in case of depression. But, again, the remedy helps to keep balance when some euphoria arises with the improvement of condition - and this is quite natural, as these are very positive emotions, when your hopes to get out of depressive states start to fulfill. So when taken regularly (obviously, in case of depression, mania or normal states), it is a lot of help in stability, which a lot of people who fought bipolar disorder more or less successfully in the past just didn't have.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 2, 2009 (Started Jan 06, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Bipolar Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: "Depakine" was effective when I had mania period. Yet constant use of it is more of a prevention against mania or other mood swings. It hadn't had any effect for depression and anxiety for me.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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lemon_xd
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lemon_xd
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 0
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
31 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar I

See lemon_xd's full Depakine history

Jan 1, 2010 (Started Jun 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Bipolar Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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