What is Epilim?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Valproate Sodium

See also: Valproic Acid

Epilim 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
Epilepsy 62 27
Bipolar disorder 21 31
Bipolar manic episodes 8 6
Fibromyalgia 4 2
Anxiety attacks 2 0
Anxious mood 2 0

Show all 25 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 15
Moderate 16
Mild 17
None 27

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Epilim

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 10
Fatigue 4
Nausea 4
Sleepiness 4
Drowsiness 3
Hair loss 3

Show all 37 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Epilim

Dosage Patients
1 tablet(s) daily 1
2 tablet(s) daily 1
3 mcg daily 1
2 capsule(s) twice daily 1
200 mg daily 1
300 mg daily 1
700 mg twice daily 1
2,000 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Epilim

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 12
Did not seem to work 10
Side effects too severe 9
Other 5
Personal research 2
Course of treatment ended 1
See all 24 patients who've stopped taking Epilim

Duration

Currently taking Epilim

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

Stopped taking Epilim

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 64
Usually 7
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 18
Not at all hard to take 45
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 2
$25-49 3
< $25 15
Not specified 53

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Epilim after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 3
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 2
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 2
Alprazolam (Xanax) 1
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 1

Patients stopped taking Epilim and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 2
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 1
Paroxetine (Paxil) 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Epilim.