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Condition: Bipolar Depression
6/25/2011 9:52:14 PM

Reviewer: denver57guy, 45-54 Male on Treatment for 5 to less than 10 years (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 4

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 4

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 4

Comment:
Have been taking from 750 to 1000mg for about 5 years. Weight gain seems to be the most noticable side effect, 10-12 lbs., then infrequent fluctuations of approx. 5 lbs or so. I also take sertraline; buproprion, propranolol, trazodone. Mild side effects overall.

Condition: Bipolar Depression
5/18/2011 3:44:40 AM

Reviewer: Perty, 55-64 Male on Treatment for 1 to 6 months (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 3

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 5

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 3

Comment:
Initially my mood was stabilized on this med for 5-6 months. About the 4-5th month I experienced swollen and painfulness in my right hand. It was easy to use in the liquid form.

Condition: Bipolar Depression
10/13/2010 10:10:06 PM

Reviewer: billddrummer, 55-64 Male on Treatment for 5 to less than 10 years (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 5

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 5

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 5

Comment:
Was prescribed valproic acid after a psychotic break arrested with lithium and prozac. Initially diagnosed with depression, subsequently altered to bipolar disorder. Have been on 750 mg divided dose for several years, no significant side effects. Went off medication for 3 months, had a manic episode characterized by wild overspending and other dangerous behaviors. Resumed medication regimen an ... Show Full Comment

Condition: Bipolar Depression
10/1/2010 8:11:12 PM

Reviewer: 4myboys, 35-44 Female on Treatment for 1 to 6 months (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 5

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 5

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 5

Comment:

Condition: Bipolar Depression
9/17/2010 6:02:23 AM

Reviewer: Stephanie A., 25-34 Female on Treatment for 1 to 6 months (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 3

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 3

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 1

Comment:
In the beginning this medication worked great for my Bipolar/ Manic Depression. My only complaint was the indigestion it gave me. I started gaining a lot of weight and my hair started falling out at around 4 months. I have gained 35 lbs in 5 months and lost over half my hair by the time my doctor told me to stop this medication. I had decreased my dose to 1/4 mgs until I could see her. This caused ... Show Full Comment

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