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Keppra vs Depakote Er, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a female patient aged 62

This is personalized comparison of Keppra vs Depakote Er for a female aged 62. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

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On Apr, 20, 2014: 3,331 female patients aged 57 who take the drugs are studied in Keppra vs Depakote Er

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug
Female57Myoclonic Seizure Nos

Drugs to compare:

Keppra levetiracetamUcb Inc
Depakote Er divalproex sodiumAbbott

eHealthMe real world results:

For females aged 57 (±5):

Comparison with the specified adverse outcomes:

(outcome and its % of total reports)

Keppra (Ucb Inc)Depakote Er (Abbott)

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Keppra (Ucb Inc)Depakote Er (Abbott)
Convulsion (muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Weight Increased
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Fall
FallHeadache (pain in head)
Thrombocytopenia (decrease of platelets in blood)Depression
Headache (pain in head)Drug Ineffective
Asthenia (weakness)Tremor (trembling or shaking movements in one or more parts of your body)
Hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure)Diabetes Mellitus (diabetes, caused by a deficiency of the pancreatic hormone insulin)
Confusional StateInsomnia (sleeplessness)

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

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Keppra (Ucb Inc)Depakote Er (Abbott)
Myocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)Weight Decreased
DepressionOedema Peripheral (superficial swelling)
Myalgia (muscle pain)Headache (pain in head)
Bone LossCellulitis (infection under the skin)
Arthritis (form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints)Itching
Hepatitis AcuteGlucose Tolerance Impaired (blood glucose is raised beyond normal levels, but not high enough to warrant a diabetes diagnosis)
Tinnitus Aggravated (a ringing in the ears)Bacterial Arthritis (infectious arthritis)
Memory LossLaryngeal Nerve Damage
Varicose Veins (veins that have become enlarged and tortuous)Asthenia (weakness)
Short-term Memory LossVitamin D Decreased

Drug effectiveness:

not at allsomewhatmoderatehighvery high
Depakote Er2.60%12.99%32.47%36.36%15.58%

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Side effects in real world:

On eHealthMe, Keppra (levetiracetam) is often used to treat epilepsy. Depakote Er (divalproex sodium) 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:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

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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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