What is Divalproex DR?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Divalproex sodium

See also: Valproic Acid

Divalproex DR 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
Bipolar disorder 8 4
Epilepsy 2 2
Bipolar I disorder 1 1
Bipolar II disorder 1 0
Borderline personality disorder 1 1
Cluster headaches 1 0

Show all 13 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 4
Mild 1
None 2

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Divalproex DR

Side effect Patients
Cognitive impairment 1
Dizziness 1
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1
Slurred speech 1
Weight gain 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Divalproex DR

Dosage Patients
125 mg daily 1
250 mg daily 1
250 mg twice daily 1
500 mg daily 1
750 mg daily 1
1,500 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Divalproex DR

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 2
Did not seem to work 1
Doctor's advice 1
Other 1
Personal research 1
See all 4 patients who've stopped taking Divalproex DR

Duration

Currently taking Divalproex DR

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Divalproex DR

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 7
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 6
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 3
Not specified 5

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Divalproex DR after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Risperidone (Risperdal) 2
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 1
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 1
Medical marijuana (Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture) 1
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Divalproex DR and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 1
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 1
Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Divalproex DR

Jul 20, 2011 (Started Jun 02, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for migraine)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily

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