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I cant stand the hideous side effects of any of the other bipolar drugs anymore .I take 450mg lithium now. Hoping topamax can work . ANYONE ON TOPAMAX? DRS DONT WANT TO USE IT. ## Topamax, which contains the active ingredient Topiramate, is an anticonvulsant. Some have used it to treat BiPolar disorder, but it is not approved for such uses, which is probably why most doctors do not want to prescribe it. It has some pretty serious side effects, too, include: nausea, headache, anorexia and memory prroblems. You can read more here: Has anyone else tried this medication for BiPolar disorder? ## I am currently on Toplep 50mg twice a day along with Nuzak 40mg. I have been diagnosed with Depression and Type II Bipolar. I had some memory loss in the beginning, more like forgetfulness. Mild head...
Updated 4 days ago.
How Long Do Topamax Side Effects Last?
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I began Topamax a week and a half ago as a migraine prevention. I am experiencing random facial, hands, and feet numbness. Mental fogginess, dull headaches, and tiredness. For those of you who have had success with migraine prevention and have taken this medication for a long time: How long did your side effects last? I have heard only a few weeks. I'm not sure If I can deal with this constantly much longer. I am contemplating which is the lesser of the two evils side effects vs. migraines. I have lost 10 lbs. though. Any advice? ## I haven't used this medication, but what you are experiencing are normal side effects of it and I can tell you that in most cases, they start to taper off about 4 weeks, as your body adjusts to the medication. Have you consulted your doctor about the...
Updated 9 days ago.
Topamax and eye twitching
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Hi, I have been using Topamax for depression for 12 months and must admit that it has been very sucessful. The one major draw back is that I have developed a very annoying eye twitch. It only affects one eye, but is very noticeable. I was taking 100 mg twice a day, but have decreased it to 100 mg daily. The twitch has decreased somewhat, and I realize that I now have to come off this drug completely to get rid of the twitch entirely. Has anyone else experienced this problem. I read 1 other reader, but are there more? ## Sorry it took so long to reply. I had the same problem with Topamax which I use for epilepsy. It is the coating of the 100 mg for me. The 50 mg does not cause this on me, so I take 2/50 mg tablets instead. Ever heard of Topamax causing gout? ## I've developed an eye ...
Updated 12 days ago.
How long until the side effects of Topamax will wear off?
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I am 18 years old, I have been getting daily headaches for about two years. I went to my Neurologist about three months ago and he prescribed me Topamax. I have been taking it for these three months (approximately), starting out at 25mg a day, and now I am up to 100mg a day. Well, this past week has been really hectic for me. I have been watching five kids and a few family issues have come up, so in short; on Tuesday night I forgot to take my night time dosage (75mg) of my meds. Wednesday morning I was feeling weird. At first I didn't understand why I felt so weird, but I felt awful. Midway through the day my boyfriend had asked me if I took my meds, so in a panic I remembered that I hadn't taken not only the night before but that mornings either. Knowing that it pretty much wor...
Updated 1 month ago.
Topamax withdrawal
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I have been on Topamax for over 15 years for Bipolar.....And it Does Work. However I don't Like the Brain Fog it causes and I can be a real b**** at times. I am gradually weaning myself off. I have started using cannabis oil and have found this works much better for me.
Updated 1 month ago.
medication low traces for topamax, zoloft and buspar
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Hello, I am taking buspar, topamax and zoloft. At court my drug test results were NEGATIVE but showed traces of benzo, barbituates, pcp and marijuana. I have been clean for over three months and although the results said negative, the child advocate and lawyer said that I was positive because of very low traces. Does that happen??
Updated 1 month ago.
withdraw from topamax
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So, I was on Topamax once before a little over a year ago for my chronic migraines, and it took away my migraines but it basically made me stupid with the knowledge of a 5 year old, and I was having complete body numbness so my doctor took me off but I never had any withdraw problems. Here I am a year later after trying various medications that were unsuccessful at taking my migraines away, my nuerologist perscribes me to Trokendi XR (which is topamax just like off brand) and he tells me that it wouldn't have as bad of side effects as Topamax... Well he was wrong because my side effects were worse. My body always felt numb and I could never feel my face. I went back to having a low IQ and I just couldn't take it anymore. I went and saw a new nuerologist at Cleveland Clinic a lit...
Updated 2 months ago.
Topiramate made by Camber ruined my sight
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I took Topiramate for seven days. On the eighth day I had pressure that went up to 60 and 70 in my eyes and ended up in the hospital. They couldn't figure out what was wrong. It took them eight hours to figure out the problem. I was blind for three days. Developed ocular angular closure glaucoma. Ended up with cataracts in both eyes two eyes surgeries and now permanently dilated eyes. Cannot drive at night anymore light outside is very painful and has reduced my quality of life. Would love to find an attorney that would be willing to take on the hospital and the drug company. It's so unfair when these things happen to you and nobody has to pay for them but you. ## Hello, Tiger6! How are you? I am very sorry about what happened. Unfortunately, you most likely do not have a case, ...
Updated 4 months ago.
Topamax/Topiramate duration of treatment
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Hello, I've been taking Topiramate/Topamax for about 14 years. When is 'too long' as far as stopping the medication? I feel as though I have so much of the drug in my body already that it may need a break. ## Hello, Vicki! How are you? That's not actually how it works, your body doesn't keep storing more and more of the medication, that's why you have to take regular doses. Our bodies process stuff out, after a certain period of time. As to how long is too long, that is entirely up to your and your doctor. Only the two of you can decide how long you should continue taking it. Have you discussed your concerns with them? The FDA lists the typical side effects of this medication as possibly including nausea, clumsiness, drowsiness, red eyes and memory problems. ## T...
Updated 4 months ago.
overdose took 4 urbanol tablets
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My son use topamax,tegratol for epelepsy and took 4 x urbenol now act strange is sleepy ..... ## Hello, Clei! How is your son? Did he suffer any other adverse affects? Taking that many of them could cause some dangerous overdose symptoms, which the U.S. FDA lists as possibly including nausea, vomiting, severe drowsiness, severe dizziness and shallow breathing, which could potentially be fatal.
Updated 4 months ago.
bone pain from topamax
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attention patients taking TOPAMAX Is anyone out there having SEVERE BONE PAIN THROUGH-OUT THEIR LEGS AND OR CHEST?...that is ignored by doctors; who insist is is NOT is side effect from this drug? I AM NOT CRAZY, BUT VERY FRUSTRATED. I am been on TOPAMAX for migraine prevention (low dose of 25 MG) for two years. I started getting bi-lateral leg pain which I was able to tolerate. this was not muscle pain; rather DEEP BONE PAIN IN THE FRONT FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. TWO WEEKS AGO; MY NEUROLOGIST INCREASED DOSE TO 50MG. 'OMG'..MY BONE PAIN IS NOW EFFECTING MY LIFE AND KEEPING ME UP ALL NIGHT. I HAVE TAKEN NARCOTIC PAIN MEDS WITH NO RELIEF. I ENDED UP IN THE 'ER' WITH CHEST PAIN LASTING TWO DAYS. THEY TOLD ME IT WAS BONE PAIN AND NOT HEART RELATED. My doctor ordered blood work to ...
Updated 4 months ago.
Valparin Side Effects on children
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My son who is 3 and a half yrs old now, is on valparin200 since he was 6months old, due to seizures which started occuring when he was 6 months.Topamax 25mg was added to valparin200 bcos seizures continued to occur inspite of the valparin200 therapy. Now the condition is that he is showing great signs of recovery and understands almost everything. But the problem is that he is unable to speak properly, also he doesn,t have a proper bowel control. He also has the problem of non coordination of his body parts and is unable to run. There is also a problem of excessive saliva, constipation and frequent viral infections with him. Now provided the situation that he has't had a seizure for almost 1 year or so, i want to know what are the chances of him getting absolutely normal in behaviou...
Updated 4 months ago.
migraines and topamax
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I just recently started taking this for treating 6 to 8 migraines a month. I was using the max amount of meds every month for migraines and in constant pain and usually going in around every 3 to 4 months for a shot. If this sounds familiar you may want to try this drug. If was prescribed 25 mg. for a week which I have just made it though and now am on my second week of 50 mg. My biggest side effect is being tired. I am taking both pills at night instead of one in the morning and one at night. I am hoping to only have to take 50 mg, but we will see. So far so good, but I will up date on progress. ## I am addicted to Restyl since many years. I take 2 pills of 0.5mg every night. I also take Topamac 50 for migraine since last 4 months. Now since the last 7 days I decided to gradually reduc...
Updated 6 months ago.
tapering off of topamax
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Everything I've read has said to taper off of Topamax at 25mg. increments weekly. I'm on 200mg. My doctor told me to decrease by 100mg. every two weeks, that will be fine. However, after everything I've read I'm really nervous tapering at such a high dose. I would really appreciate any advice anyone could offer me on this matter. Thanks so much! ## Hello, Kelly! How are you? You are right to be concerned, stopping it too fast can create the risk of seizures, even in people that have never had seizures in the past and who do not have epilepsy, as warned by the FDA. The recommendation from the NIH is that it be tapered and yes, it's usually done by lowering 25mgs a week. Is there anything else I can help with? ## Thanks so much Verwon, I really appreciate it! I do have...
Updated 7 months ago.
How do I know if Topamax is working enough to justify sfx
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Hello, I have been taking Topamax since November 6, 2015, and for the past 3 weeks have been at 200 mg a day. I was getting over 15 "incapacitating" migraines a month, with somewhere between 5-7 of those being so bad I could not get out of bed or even had to go to the ER. My triggers are mainly food and airborne allergies. Right now, I am pretty much housebound and on a very restricted diet. Migraines are not my only reaction. In the past 2 months, I've had 14 "incapacitating" migraines, of which 6 were bad enough to keep me in bed and 2 sent me to the ER. It sounds like a 50% reduction in migraines, but I've been housebound mostly, and use a mask when I go out most of the time. So I'm wondering, is a 50% reduction of migraines while still being housebound go...
Updated 8 months ago.
Topamax and anxiety/social phobia?
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Hi everyone. My 14 year old daughter has been on topamax (25 mg twice daily) for a number of years. She is being treated for anxiety, depression, mood disorder, tics, ADHD and has recently added social phobias to her list of complaints. The meds being used to treat her are Risperodone for the mood, Clonidine for the tics, Prozac for the depression/anxiety, and Topamax to control weight gain that occurs with Risperodone (and possibly to help with anxiety/tics). As she gets older, she seems to be retreating into herself even more. The anxiety is amping up, the depression too. She sleeps all day, and hasn't wanted to leave the house all summer. When I do manage to get her out of the house, the social anxiety is too much for her and she has severe meltdowns. Before she was put on all th...
Updated 8 months ago.
Topamax and Binge Eating Disorder
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After trying two antidepressants and multiple therapists, my doctor has decided to prescribe me Topamax for my binge eating disorder. I used to also be bulimic, but thanks to therapy have ceased purging for about six months now. I wanted to get feedback from those whose have been prescribed Tomamax for binge eating disorder and/or bulimia. My binging includes consuming anything edible, including expired items in the trash and edible vitamins/supplements/spices, so it is a very serious case. I will binge to the point of illness and have gotten food poisoning from eating rancid food. Has anyone with binge eating disorder found Topamax to help them? If so, what dosage were you on and how long did it take to get relief? I am afraid to take another medication only to be let down again, but I...
Updated 8 months ago.
Topamax memory loss
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I'm on 100mg of Topamax 3 times a day. I've been on it for over 2 years now. I day all 3 doses at once. I take it as a mood stabalizer. It also helps my migraines and assists in weight loss but I've noticed sever memory loss as the years go on. My husband has had to repeat whole conversations to me. Ones we've had just a week prior. It's been more and more noticeable in the last 12 months. Does anyone else share this issue? ## No, it isn't a listed side effect for this medication, but it is difficult to know how it may affect anyone taking it on a long-term basis, since we are all different. Have you discussed the problem with your doctor? Do you take any other medications? ## I was on topamax for weight loss and had four seizures and prior to taking this had nev...
Updated 9 months ago.
Topamax is different over time
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I first started on Topamax in 1999; no titration (which was hell) at something like 150 mg twice a day. It was wonderful, a miracle - for my Bipolar. I stayed on it for over 10 years, only going off because of new a Dr, new insurance. Then, last year in 2015 I started back on it. I can't even tolerate 100 mg A DAY in 2 doses. I become a raging B****! (Or cry in the middle of a crowded mall). I stopped it for months, then tried again. 25 mg twice a day did nothing. The Bipolar in me rather enjoys being a b**** except every body I know; all my family is pissed at me. People really need to watch for meds like this - you never know what'll happen. ## It isn't the medication that's different, it's you! Our bodies change as we age, and a medication that worked great for us...
Updated 9 months ago.
Reversed effects?
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I started using Topamax in 2012 for migraine, but now I am basically rid of it. I am still using the Topamax, but when I take them, I get an intense migraine. When I don´t take them, my head is ok. This annoys me quite a lot and now I wonder if this is normal or if the side effects has been reversed? Can this happen? ## Hello, Becca! How are you? Yes, that is possible. Our bodies change with time, so it's always possible to suddenly develop an odd reaction to a medication that we've successfully taken, before. It is sometimes annoying, but there really isn't anything that can be done to prevent it. The FDA lists the typical side effects of this medication as including nausea, dizziness, drowsiness and weight changes. Is there anything else I can help with?
Updated 1 year ago.

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