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Valproate Sodium vs Lamotrigine, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a female patient aged 31

This is personalized comparison of Valproate Sodium vs Lamotrigine for a female aged 31. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What are the drugs

Valproate sodium (latest outcomes from 12,633 users) has active ingredients of valproate sodium. It is often used in epilepsy.

Lamotrigine (latest outcomes from 15,786 users) has active ingredients of lamotrigine. It is often used in bipolar disorder.

On Nov, 28, 2014: 5,336 female patients aged 26 who take the same drugs are studied in Valproate Sodium vs Lamotrigine

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug
Female26Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy

Drugs to compare:

DrugIngredientsCompany
Valproate Sodium valproate sodiumnot specified
Lamotrigine lamotriginenot specified

eHealthMe real world results:

For females aged 26 (±5):

Comparison with the specified adverse outcomes:

(outcome and its % of total reports)

Valproate SodiumLamotrigine
Lamotrigine

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Valproate SodiumLamotrigine
Suicide AttemptDrug Exposure During Pregnancy
Somnolence (a state of near-sleep, a strong desire for sleep)Rash (redness)
Pyrexia (fever)Convulsion (muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body)
Convulsion (muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Pyrexia (fever)
Agitation (state of anxiety or nervous excitement)Dizziness
VomitingHeadache (pain in head)
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Vomiting
Drug Exposure During PregnancyPruritus (severe itching of the skin)
DepressionAbortion Spontaneous (naturally occurring miscarriage)

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

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Valproate SodiumLamotrigine
Blood Creatine Phosphokinase IncreasedRash (redness)
Agitation (state of anxiety or nervous excitement)Dizziness
Abnormal BehaviourHeadache (pain in head)
Hirsutism (abnormal growth of hair on a person's face and body, esp. on a woman)Drug Exposure During Pregnancy
Feeling AbnormalAnxiety
Musculoskeletal Stiffness (stiffness of the body's muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
VomitingMemory Impairment
Tremor (trembling or shaking movements in one or more parts of your body)Tremor (trembling or shaking movements in one or more parts of your body)
Unresponsive To StimuliPruritus (severe itching of the skin)
Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (a life-threatening neurological disorder most often caused by an adverse reaction to neuroleptic or antipsychotic agents)Heart Rate Irregular

Drug effectiveness:

not at allsomewhatmoderatehighvery high
Valproate Sodium0.00%12.50%18.75%56.25%12.50%
Lamotrigine4.26%17.72%28.45%35.78%13.80%

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Alternative drugs:

Side effects in real world:

On eHealthMe, Valproate Sodium (valproate sodium) is often used to treat epilepsy. Lamotrigine (lamotrigine) 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:

Recent related drug comparison:

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

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