Divaa-OD 125 Tablet ER

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Overview

Introduction of Divaa Tablet ER

Divaa-OD 125 Tablet ER is a prescription medicine used to treat epilepsy (seizures), mania, and bipolar disorder. It is also used to prevent migraine. This medicine helps to decrease the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells and calms the brain.

Divaa-OD 125 Tablet ER is taken by mouth with or without food. Take it at the same time each day as this helps to maintain consistent level of medicine in the body. Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. It is important that this medication is not stopped suddenly without talking to doctor as it may increase the seizure frequency. If you have been taking this medicine for a long time, regular monitoring of blood and liver function would be required. Inform your doctor about all the other medicines you are taking as it can interact with other medicines. 
 
Some common side effects of this medicine includes loss of appetite, memory impairment, headache, blurred or double vision, abdominal pain, constipation, or diarrhea. It may also cause dizziness and sleepiness, do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you. This medicine may cause weight gain or weight loss as side effects vary from person to person. You should be alert as in rare case this medicine can cause severe side effects like bruising or bleeding. If you experience any or both of these effects, consult the doctor as soon as possible as these effects may be life threatening if ignored.

Divaa Tablet ER side effects

Common
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Weakness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Infection
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sleepiness
  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain
  • Double vision
  • Diarrhea
  • Tremor
  • Weight loss
  • Flu-like symptoms

How to use Divaa Tablet ER

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Divaa-OD 125 Tablet ER may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Divaa Tablet ER works

Divaa-OD 125 Tablet ER is an antiepileptic medication. It controls seizures or fits by decreasing the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.

Divaa Tablet ER related warnings

Alcohol
UNSAFE
Divaa-OD 125 Tablet ER may cause excessive drowsiness with alcohol
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Divaa-OD 125 Tablet ER is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Divaa-OD 125 Tablet ER is safe to use during breastfeeding. Human studies suggest that the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in a significant amount and is not harmful to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Divaa-OD 125 Tablet ER may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Divaa-OD 125 Tablet ER is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Divaa-OD 125 Tablet ER is recommended.
Liver
UNSAFE
Divaa-OD 125 Tablet ER is probably unsafe to use in patients with liver disease and should be avoided. Please consult your doctor.

What if you miss a dose of Divaa Tablet ER?

If you miss a dose of Divaa-OD 125 Tablet ER, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Expert Advice

  • Take your medication regularly as directed by your doctor as missing doses can trigger seizures.
  • It can be taken with or without food, but better to take with food to avoid stoamch upset. 
  • Do not change the brand of your medicine and make sure that you have sufficient amount of medicine present with you.
  • Some healthy tips to prevent seizures:
    • Practice yoga every day.
    • Get enough sleep at nighttime.
    • Limit the use of screen time such as mobile/ laptop.
    • Take your medication on time.
  • It may cause dizziness and sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how it affects you.
  • Monitor your weight during treatment with this medicine as it can cause weight gain.
  • Your doctor may get regular blood tests done to monitor how the medication is affecting your body. Inform your doctor if you notice yellowing of eyes or skin, dark urine, or stomach pain.
  • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor as it may increase the seizure frequency.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Divaa with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Dizapam
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Equblam
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Etizom, Etimax
SERIOUS
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SERIOUS
Brand(s): Risure, Clobakon
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Psycopan, Anxionil
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Eurolam, Alwel, Tenzo
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Konit
SERIOUS

Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Divaa

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Shall I take divaa od 250mg along with sibelium 10mg for migraine and how long should I want to take this
Dr. Vikas Sharma
Neurologist
u can take; for few months
After 3 shocks in 2013 , he started treatment and taken Develop xr for 3 years and didn't observe any epilepsy episodes for 3 years. Thereafter he give up medicine for 6 months approx but epilepsy relapsed and he again observed 2-3 episodes of seizure.Now he has been advised for following medicine for long span of time for 5 years-Levers 500mg twice a dayDivas OD 500mg also twice a dayAlong with niranjan forte and calciumDivas# Divaa OD 500mgMay now the reason for such relapse after 3 years? Whether there will be any possibility to relapses after taking above treatment for next 5 years. What should be the precautions we have to take. Any diet chart to be followed,May now= may I know
Dr. Vikas Sharma
Neurologist
Due to defect in brain Take regular meals
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FAQs

Q. What happens if I stop taking Divaa?

You should not stop Divaa without consulting your doctor. The dose of Divaa should be reduced gradually and eventually can be stopped under the supervision of a doctor or specialist. Sudden stoppage may lead to recurrence of symptoms or irritability, anxiety, dizziness, and tremors.

Q. Is Divaa a mood stabilizer?

Yes, Divaa can sometimes be used as a mood stabilizer. It is given in patients who experience rapid changes in their mood. It works by calming the hyperactivity of the brain during mood changes.

Q. Can Divaa cause weight gain?

Yes, you may gain weight while being on Divaa therapy. The exact reason is still not known but it may be due to an increase in hunger. Keep a check on your diet and exercise regularly to prevent any weight gain.

Q. Does Divaa make you sleepy?

Yes, Divaa may make you feel sleepy. Do not drive or do other work that requires mental focus until you know how it affects you.

Q. Does Divaa cause hair loss?

Yes, hair loss may occur due to the use of Divaa. However, it is only for a short time and is usually dose related.

Q. Can Divaa damage my liver?

Divalproex can cause damage to the liver and the risk is more likely to occur during the first 6 months of starting Divaa. Signs might include nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, dark colored urine, facial swelling, yellowing of the skin, or white of eyes. Investigations for liver function should be done before therapy and then periodically during the first 6 months of therapy, especially in those who are likely to be at risk, and those with a prior history of liver disease.

Q. Can I take alcohol while I am taking Divaa?

It is recommended that you should avoid alcohol while you are on treatment with Divaa. Taking alcohol with this medicine may make you feel more drowsy, light headed, or dizzy.

Q. What are the laboratory tests recommended prior to taking Divaa?

Blood tests (blood cell count, including platelet count, bleeding time, and coagulation tests) are recommended prior to initiation of therapy or before surgery, and in case of spontaneous bruising or bleeding. Investigations for liver function should be done before therapy and then should be monitored periodically during the first 6 months of therapy, primarily in those who seem most at risk, and those with a prior history of liver disease.

Q. What should be done if I start experiencing abdominal pain, nausea, and anorexia?

If you experience acute severe abdominal pain along with nausea and vomiting, it may be due to pancreatitis. You should immediately consult your doctor in case you experience these symptoms. Your doctor may get your levels of serum amylase checked. In case the test shows positive results for pancreatitis, then the medication should be stopped immediately.

Q. How to check for overdose?

Overdose of the medicine may cause headaches, blurred eyesight due to pupils of the eyes becoming smaller, lack of reflexes, confusion, and tiredness. You may also have weak or “floppy” muscles, fits (seizures), loss of consciousness, behavioral changes, and breathing difficulties such as fast breathing, shortness of breath, or chest pain. Immediate medical assistance is required in case of overdose.

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