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Depakote Er vs Lithium Carbonate, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a male patient aged 56

This is personalized comparison of Depakote Er vs Lithium Carbonate for a male aged 56. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

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What are the drugs

Depakote er (latest outcomes from 3,668 users) has active ingredients of divalproex sodium. It is often used in bipolar disorder.

Lithium carbonate (latest outcomes from 15,989 users) has active ingredients of lithium carbonate. It is often used in bipolar disorder.

On Jun, 5, 2014: 3,648 male patients aged 50 who take the same drugs are studied in Depakote Er vs Lithium Carbonate

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug
Male50SIB

Drugs to compare:

DrugIngredientsCompany
Depakote Er divalproex sodiumAbbott
Lithium Carbonate lithium carbonateAble

eHealthMe real world results:

For males aged 50 (±5):

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Depakote Er (Abbott)Lithium Carbonate (Able)
Diabetes Mellitus (diabetes, caused by a deficiency of the pancreatic hormone insulin)Diabetes Mellitus (diabetes, caused by a deficiency of the pancreatic hormone insulin)
Type 2 Diabetes MellitusTremor (trembling or shaking movements in one or more parts of your body)
Convulsion (muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body)Therapeutic Agent Toxicity (poisoning by ability to cure substance)
Drug IneffectiveNausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Depression
Tremor (trembling or shaking movements in one or more parts of your body)Pyrexia (fever)
AnxietyDysarthria (speech disorder)
Weight IncreasedRenal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)
DepressionType 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Suicidal IdeationFatigue (feeling of tiredness)

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Depakote Er (Abbott)Lithium Carbonate (Able)
Mental Status Changes (general changes in brain function, such as confusion, amnesia (memory loss), loss of alertness, loss of orientation)Confusional State
Obesity (a medical condition in which excess body fat)Therapeutic Agent Toxicity (poisoning by ability to cure substance)
Confusional StateDehydration (dryness resulting from the removal of water)
Stomach PainDyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
Diabetes Mellitus (diabetes, caused by a deficiency of the pancreatic hormone insulin)Drug Toxicity
Insomnia (sleeplessness)Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)
PainTremor (trembling or shaking movements in one or more parts of your body)
DepressionWeight Increased
Pancreatitis (inflammation of pancreas)Blood Creatinine Increased
Hypoglycaemia (deficiency of glucose in the bloodstream)Loss Of Consciousness

Drug effectiveness:

not at allsomewhatmoderatehighvery high
Depakote Er3.08%16.92%50.77%20.00%9.23%
Lithium Carbonate1.32%23.68%42.11%22.37%10.53%

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Side effects in real world:

On eHealthMe, Depakote Er (divalproex sodium) is often used to treat bipolar disorder. Lithium Carbonate (lithium carbonate) is often used to treat bipolar disorder. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

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NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients are also considered.

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