What is Valproic Acid?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Atemperator Depakote Depakote ER Depakote Sprinkles Divalproex DR Epilim Epival Novo-Divalproex Orfiril Valpromide

Valproic acid is an anticonvulsant used to treat certain types of seizures. It is also used to treat mania in bipolar disorder, and to prevent migraines.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Epilepsy 28 15
Bipolar manic episodes 18 18
Migraine headaches 11 6
Bipolar depressive episodes 4 9
Bipolar I disorder 4 2
Mood swings 4 3

Show all 45 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 9
Moderate 12
Mild 17
None 22

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Valproic Acid

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 6
Fatigue 3
Nausea 3
Heartburn 2
Lethargy 2
Tremor in hands 2

Show all 45 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Valproic Acid

Dosage Patients
1,000 mg daily 3
500 mg daily 2
300 mg daily 1
3 x 250 mg/5 mL daily 1
750 mg daily 1
500 mg twice daily 1
2,000 mg daily 1
7 x 250 mg/5 mL three times daily 1
1,250 mg five times daily 1
4 250mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Valproic Acid

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 16
Did not seem to work 10
Doctor's advice 9
Course of treatment ended 4
Other 4
Expense 2
Personal research 2
See all 32 patients who've stopped taking Valproic Acid

Duration

Currently taking Valproic Acid

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Valproic Acid

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 43
Usually 10
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 14
Not at all hard to take 31
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 3
$50-99 7
$25-49 9
< $25 18
Not specified 21

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Valproic Acid after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 2
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 2
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 1
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 1
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 1

Patients stopped taking Valproic Acid and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 1
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 1
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 1
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 1
Verapamil (Verapamil ER) 1
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6 patient evaluations for Valproic Acid

Jan 23, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 10, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar manic episodes)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (headaches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2011 (Started Dec 08, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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