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 61 25
Bipolar disorder 21 26
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 14
Moderate 14
Mild 16
None 24

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 42 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
500 mg daily 1
600 mg daily 1
700 mg daily 1
1,500 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Epilim

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 11
Did not seem to work 10
Side effects too severe 8
Other 4
Personal research 2
Course of treatment ended 1
See all 23 patients who've stopped taking Epilim

Duration

Currently taking Epilim

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Epilim

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
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 58
Usually 7
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 17
Not at all hard to take 40
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 2
$25-49 2
< $25 15
Not specified 47

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

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Epilim and switched to:

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