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User Reviews for Divalproex sodium

Also known as: Depakote, Depakote ER, Depakote Sprinkles

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Borderline Personality Disorder 1 reviews 0 medications
   
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Mania 23 reviews 15 medications
   
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Epilepsy 56 reviews 41 medications
   
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Bipolar Disorder 161 reviews 28 medications
   
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Depakote (divalproex sodium) for Epilepsy: "I used to have a wonderful smart son. About 12 years ago, I noticed changes starting to take affect in his life. He was becoming agitated, he was loosing his memory, he had no energy. I was told this was due to his having so many seizures. I just this week, after having a really bad week a few weeks ago, the doctor decided to take him off of this medication in a hospital controlled setting. After one day of not taking this medication, I am starting to see the personality of my son come back. He had gotten to the point that he made terrible decisions, he was depressed often, he was confused and was loosing his memory and his ability to talk and remember words. I'm sorry, but the benefits of controlling seizures was not worth this."

   
2.0

J A J July 24, 2017

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Depakote (divalproex sodium) for Migraine Prevention: "Horrible! I was on it for a month, and quit immediately. I have migraine with aura. My neurologist told me a secret behind closed doors cause he was a cool dude. He said get off all the crap and once the aura comes chug two beers and it will disappear no aura no headache. He swore by it and so do I."

   
1.0

Craigsugarhill (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 14, 2017

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Depakote (divalproex sodium) for Epilepsy: "Have taken this med for 28+ years with no seizures during this time. I have experienced no side effects except that my hair has become very curly. Lots of compliments! No down side. I am seizure free. No other med has worked for me."

   
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Heroncrest July 14, 2017

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For Epilepsy: "My husband took this for a week and he turned into a unmotivated, angry, heart palpitating, paranoid Zombie. He had no relief for his headache and had tremors so bad he could not hold a fork to eat. Stomach pain, loss of appetite, hair falling out and left arm pain, to name a few more...I don't know why any doctor would order this for brain tumor pain. It is just awful. This drug may work for others but for pain it's useless..."

   
1.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) May 30, 2017

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For Bipolar Disorder: "So weird everyone complains of weight gain. This drug (divaproex sodium) makes me lose weight to the point it's actually a bit alarming. Appetite completely gone. I've stopped and started 3-5 times as I never take anything more than a year without stopping. Every time I take it like this week for example I started at 151 pounds 5"7 female. I don't work out or exercise ever and have dropped 12 pounds in 3 days. It actually usually gets so bad I have to go talk to my doctor about my weight loss. I can stomach food but it comes out in liquid form within 15 mins and clears my system. This drug is a major weight loss drug from me. I know everytime I start it it's a given I will be losing 10 pounds minimum. Good for mood."

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) May 19, 2017

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For Bipolar Disorder: "After two valiant attempts to get past the adverse effects, I'm finished with Depakote. The first attempt lasted a week; as it can exaggerate the effects of other meds, I became so drowsy I couldn't drive. For the second attempt, it wasn't combined with any other medication and lasted 3 weeks. I felt continually agitated and anxious, began to quickly gain weight, had terrible gas and was going to the bathroom 4-5 times a day. Additionally, my hair began to fall out so quickly, even my husband noticed (and he's NOT very observant!). The most disturbing symptom was the frequent presence of pronounced, irregular heart beats and at least one near-syncopal episode. All this in just 21 days- thanks but no thanks!"

   
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Undun (taken for less than 1 month) May 12, 2017

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Depakote (divalproex sodium) for Migraine Prevention: "If you want to sleep a lot, as in all day long and gain lots of weight, enjoy. I am listless, and have pre-diabetes now. "

   
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depabie (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 6, 2017

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For Borderline Personality Disorder: "It helps with the intense mood swings, negative emotions are less severe. On an 800mg a day dose, half in the morning, half at night."

   
9.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 5, 2017

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Depakote (divalproex sodium) for Bipolar Disorder: "Best med I've been on for Bipolar I. After 10 years on Lamictal as monotherapy, with continued mania and depression. I was hospitalized and switched to Depakote. I'm sad my doctors didn't try getting rid of the Lamictal sooner. I take 500mg (delayed-release) twice a day and, along with 80mg of Latuda, I haven't felt this stable or anxiety-free since I can remember. I'm not dulled out, back to my normal, serene self. Depakote is known to work wonders for mania, and I can attest to this effect being noticeable right away. I have gained a few pounds but I'm too happy with how calm, collected, and lucid I feel to think about letting Depakote go. No other side effects, and I don't find it highly sedating -- guess I'm one of the lucky ones."

   
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FuckLamictal (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 15, 2017

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For Migraine Prevention: "Has no effect on my migraines whatsoever. In fact they are more intense and make me more sick to my stomach. I suffer from diarrhea almost every night. I am basically bedridden."

   
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Shirl2159 March 26, 2017

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Depakote (divalproex sodium) for Migraine Prevention: "I meet with a neurologist for my migraines. He put me on depakote at bedtime. I've been on it almost 6 months now and I am starting to have them as frequent as I used to...3 times a week. I also take Keppra and duloxetine every morning. I've been struggling for almost 20 years now. I just can't get rid of one all the way. Any hospital visit that I go to, they give me benadryl and tramadol, even when I tell them it doesn't work for me. I've only gone to the hospital about 6 times in my life for them."

   
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dLynR_88 (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 26, 2017

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Depakote (divalproex sodium) for Bipolar Disorder: "Depakote was a nightmare. Besides having acute, non-stop stomach pain with chronic diahrrea, my hair started falling out in clumps. Good thing I have thick hair or I could have been bald at the end of this drug. I don't recommend this to anyone. It was like taking poison."

   
1.0

Velveteen Rabbit (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 1, 2017

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Depakote (divalproex sodium) for Migraine Prevention: "Depakote was started three months ago when we exhausted all efforts with every other preventive med for migraines and headaches . I have been Experiencing these my entire life. Since 6 years old . Now 35., imitrex was used to try to knock off the migraine but insurance only provides nine pills a month so I found myself breaking them just to get through a day .And if over used they will no longer work. So I'm adding in aspirin all that junk. Ending up in ER. Just to go back the next two days because the stubborn migraine would come back , or laying in bed holding my head with ice. needless to say , on a small dose 250 a day . Wow few headaches a week I can deal with. Weight gain well now I can workout no real excuse there."

   
8.0

Ljtb123 March 1, 2017

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Depakote (divalproex sodium) for Migraine Prevention: "50 Year old male, 6'5" 210 lbs, I have had migraines for ten plus years. I am on 100mgs of Topamax twice a day which gave me four to five migraine a month. Doctor put me on 250mgs Depakote and so far I am down to one migraine a month with no side effects from the Depakote - that I can tell. I call that a win!"

   
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VADiesel February 22, 2017

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For Bipolar Disorder: "Only my depressions cause me problems, for which Epival (Divalproex Sodium) was entirely useless, even after a few months. Lithium and especially Lamotrigine proved much better options for me."

   
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Canada345 (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 19, 2017

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For Bipolar Disorder: "I have struggled silently with impulses to self-destruct/self-injure for many years. Various things would trigger episodes, frustrating conversations. Some temptations were very strong, and sometimes I quickly self-injured. I let people think I was suicidal, and therapists were geared to interpret that way, but it wasn't that; it was overwhelming impulses to hurt myself, which I couldn't explain and felt humiliated about. Then I got to a very good psychiatrist, who put me on Divalproex extended-release pills, which I take at night. While I am groggy in the morning, and feel tired in the afternoon, and sometimes require a nap. Recently, I've been triggered, but the impulse to hurt myself was much less. The drug was to slow things down."

   
8.0

Secret struggler February 19, 2017

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For Bipolar Disorder: "The generic Depakote immediately and effectively controlled my mania, and smoothed out my moods. In combination, I take two anti-depressants, Wellbutrin and Lexapro (both generic). This 3-prong regimen is very effective for me in controlling my bipolar disporder."

   
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Tektonik66 (taken for 1 to 2 years) January 18, 2017

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For Bipolar Disorder: "I just took my first dose & am hopeful yet apprehensive. Hoping to see what others are experiencing."

   
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Neu (taken for less than 1 month) January 12, 2017

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Depakote (divalproex sodium) for Bipolar Disorder: "I have been through so many medications it's ridiculous... most of them didn't work AND caused severe side effects. The last one I was on before Depakote was lamotrigine (which really is better for bipolar II, from what I understand). I tend to run very manic (and don't have a thyroid anymore - cancer), so my doc and I decided this would probably be my best option. None of the new drugs worked on me. Depakote has been amazing. I can think a lot more clearly and I'm still me - just a lot more toned down. I've had no negative side effects except a slight tremor, but I'm also on xanax for severe anxiety, so its only noticeable when it's time for that. No weight gain, either. In fact, my appetite decreased. I haven't gained or lost, really."

   
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espresso_dreams (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 27, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "It has worked well for me I was taking I can't even remember what that made me sleepy all the time and I did feel like a zombie. My doctor kept Zolof 100mg along with Depakote 500mg due to my panic attacks. After about a year we tried taking Zolof off but Depakote alone did not work for me. The combination did help my life a lot, more focused, I feel like I can organize my thoughts, get things done, follow through on plans... it changed my life for the better. The constant hunger and putting on weigh are a sadly too true for me, but given the improvement in the quality of life it gave me I find it a small price to pay. Also now that I am more focused I find it easier to actually get to the gym to work on loosing those 14 pounds."

   
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hypomania (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 21, 2016

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Depakote (divalproex sodium) for Bipolar Disorder: "Didn't realize how great it was till it was gone. After 4 years of failed cocktails until I found Depekote with Zoloft. I was on it for 3-5 months @1250mg and had Excessive Weight gain, insatiable hunger,,,BUT Worth it! I was productive, positive, stabilzed, making plans and following thru. Then Liver enzymes high @ 6 mo. and abruptly taken off ... Horrible move by panicked Doctor. On my third medicine since and all bad results. Any opinions on Depokote retry while protecting my liver with Milk Thistle & Turmeric? My last blood work was best its ever been. I have no faith in my Dr and am seeking a new."

   
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Karyn 44ys Single Female (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 9, 2016

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Depakote (divalproex sodium) for Bipolar Disorder: "I take depakote 500mg extended release at night for bipolar. Mostly mania. I like depakote because it keeps me leveled. I feel normal. No mania. No depression. I do sometimes have trouble sleeping but not much. I have felt nauseous but I'm gonna go to my primary doctor because my psych says the nausea would've happened in the beginning of depakote and I've been on it for a while so probably not caused by depakote. Anyone taking depakote, make sure you go to your follow ups to check liver enzymes in your blood since it can cause liver damage. Overall I think depakote is effective for me. I tried lamictal and abilify and I hated them. They made my ankles swell up to 4 times their size. My ankles were very red and painful and swollen."

   
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M M 555 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 9, 2016

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Depakote (divalproex sodium) for Epilepsy: "It was bad. It made me gain weight. It made me have tremors ,which will never completely go away now.I couldn't hold plates or hold cups without shaking. My head started shaking. My new Neurologist took me off of them. I was on them for over 20 yrs. I would strongly think about other meds before taking this one considering the side affect can't go away immediately or not at all ."

   
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Annloss1970 November 23, 2016

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Depakote ER (divalproex sodium) for Epilepsy: "Insurance covers generic only. The generic medication changes from manufacture to manufacture, the different brand changes from month to month can lead to breakthrough seizures. In order to prevent that I must either pay out of pocket about $450 or find a generic about $10 that works. I found one generic that works well and go from pharmacy to pharmacy tracking that one down."

   
9.0

rainysunnywind888 November 3, 2016

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Depakote (divalproex sodium) for Bipolar Disorder: "My moods are better controlled. I feel more emotionally stable and physically calm. My husband has noticed a huge change in my moods and patterns."

   
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Lavender pink78 November 2, 2016

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