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Difference between Divalproex and Depakote?

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mmmental
January 2, 2010 - 12:01 pm
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mmmental
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I just got approved for medicaid insurance and can afford a lot more in terms of my treatment now. My pdoc thinks divalproex (generic for depakote) is the devil and constantly questions my taking it, I can't imagine that there is such a huge difference between the two, but I have seen some things say the side effects of the generic are a lot more harsh then depakote itself. Should I switch now that I can afford it or does it not matter? I do have a lot of stomach, indigestion and flatulence issues (ewww) since I've been taking it but I'm just not sure. Has anyone else taken the generic and the brand name and found them to be different or heard of any research that backs this up? Any comments would be much appreciated, thanks!



Current medications as of 01-02-2010
09-15-2009 - Present: Divalproex ER, 1000 mg. once at night
01-02-2010 - Present: Abilify, 5 mg. once a day

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mmmental
January 2, 2010 - 12:01 pm
I just got approved for medicaid insurance and can afford a lot more in terms of my treatment now. My pdoc thinks divalproex (generic for depakote) is the devil and constantly questions my taking it, I can't imagine that there is such a huge difference between the two, but I have seen some things say the side effects of the generic are a lot more harsh then depakote itself. Should I switch now that I can afford it or does it not matter? I do have a lot of stomach, indigestion and flatulence issues (ewww) since I've been taking it but I'm just not sure. Has anyone else taken the generic and the brand name and found them to be different or heard of any research that backs this up? Any comments would be much appreciated, thanks!



Current medications as of 01-02-2010
09-15-2009 - Present: Divalproex ER, 1000 mg. once at night
01-02-2010 - Present: Abilify, 5 mg. once a day

caustin
January 4, 2010 - 6:36 pm
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it also depends on what your insurrance pays for mine will only pay for generic over name brand you might have to get a dr overide for your inssurance tp pay for name brand


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caustin
January 4, 2010 - 6:36 pm
it also depends on what your insurrance pays for mine will only pay for generic over name brand you might have to get a dr overide for your inssurance tp pay for name brand


mmmental
January 6, 2010 - 9:34 pm
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As I said I'm more wandering about the differences between generic and brand name depakote, not the money involved. I can take either one, but I was just trying to get a little info from anyone with experience taking one or the other or even both. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


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mmmental
January 6, 2010 - 9:34 pm
As I said I'm more wandering about the differences between generic and brand name depakote, not the money involved. I can take either one, but I was just trying to get a little info from anyone with experience taking one or the other or even both. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


stormprinces
January 7, 2010 - 7:28 am
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Hi mmmental
I havent tried the generic version only brand name - but thought my input may help some....the side effects I had mainly were a bit of weight gain but not a huge amount, hair loss (but not alopecia by any stretch of the imagination - no bald patches - yet lol) and a few digestive discomforts but these evened out after approx 6 mths.
If you stay on the generic - did you know that if you take your dose with meals it allegedly reduces the digestive side effects?
Hope this helps!!!


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January 7, 2010 - 7:28 am
Hi mmmental
I havent tried the generic version only brand name - but thought my input may help some....the side effects I had mainly were a bit of weight gain but not a huge amount, hair loss (but not alopecia by any stretch of the imagination - no bald patches - yet lol) and a few digestive discomforts but these evened out after approx 6 mths.
If you stay on the generic - did you know that if you take your dose with meals it allegedly reduces the digestive side effects?
Hope this helps!!!


mmmental
January 7, 2010 - 1:05 pm
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Thank you stormprincess! That was very helpful actually, I really appreciate your input and hope that your doing well in your bipolar adventures! (((HUGS)))!!!

Marci


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mmmental
January 7, 2010 - 1:05 pm
Thank you stormprincess! That was very helpful actually, I really appreciate your input and hope that your doing well in your bipolar adventures! (((HUGS)))!!!

Marci


stormprinces
January 8, 2010 - 4:21 am
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Cool - glad it helped :-) take care ((((((hugs back))))))

Stormprincess


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January 8, 2010 - 4:21 am
Cool - glad it helped :-) take care ((((((hugs back))))))

Stormprincess


sirkay
January 9, 2010 - 10:53 am
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mmental.. my insurance is easy and pays for whatever but my wife, the master shopper, noted the difference in copays for the brand and the generic. I did the generic until my pdoc switched me to the ER version and when the generic for that came out, the pdoc warned that it would be disastrous digestively.
Nope.
Can't tell the difference at all.
hugs
peace and hope
-k-



Medications for January 2010
10-09-2007 - Present:Ambien, 10mg. as needed
10-09-2007 - Present:Ativan, .50mg. as needed
06-09-2009 - Present:Depakote, 2000 mg. daily
12-09-2009 - Present:Wellbutrin, 150 mg. once daily

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sirkay
January 9, 2010 - 10:53 am
mmental.. my insurance is easy and pays for whatever but my wife, the master shopper, noted the difference in copays for the brand and the generic. I did the generic until my pdoc switched me to the ER version and when the generic for that came out, the pdoc warned that it would be disastrous digestively.
Nope.
Can't tell the difference at all.
hugs
peace and hope
-k-



Medications for January 2010
10-09-2007 - Present:Ambien, 10mg. as needed
10-09-2007 - Present:Ativan, .50mg. as needed
06-09-2009 - Present:Depakote, 2000 mg. daily
12-09-2009 - Present:Wellbutrin, 150 mg. once daily