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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 8 days 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 22 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.
 
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 1 month ago.
 
Topamax side effect
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I am currently on 300 mg of Topamax for seizures and have tingling/numbness from the waist down. I was on Topamax before and never had this side effect. Will this get better or is there a vitamin I could take to maybe help with it? I have been on it for about a month now. My doctor has adjusted the dose and switched me to the extended medicine to try that. The dose was just lowered last week so fingers crossed this will get better. Thanks for any info. ## Hello, Susie! How are you? Has there been any improvement, yet? Our bodies do change with time, so it is always possible to start experiencing new side effects to a medication or to have new reactions to one. However, these sensations are listed among the common side effects of it, according to the FDA. You may also experience nausea, ...
Updated 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago.
 
Fatigue , kidney stones
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Started topamax 6 yrs ago for migrainew then got fatigue and kidney stones, need a new drug? Also fighting seizures. ## Hello, David! How are you? Yes, kidney stones can be a risk of taking Topamax, as listed by the FDA, along with nausea, dizziness and drowsiness. Have you consulted your doctor? There are several other medications that you can try. Have they ever evaluated the kidney stones to make sure they are due to the medication and not some other issue?
Updated 1 month 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?
Updated 2 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 3 months ago.
 
Tingling neck
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Since starting topomax in February, I have been experiencing the tingling in my fingers almost constantly. I also tingle on my scalp and my face. And when I get hot it feels like the front of my neck gets really tight. Not quite the same tingly feeling, but similiar. I talked to the neuro about it and he said it wasn't a side effect if the topomax that it must be anxiety. Has anyone else experienced this? And if it's anxiety whh would it only happen when I'm hot and why did it start the same time as the other symptoms. ## Hello, Kimberly! How are you? I'm sorry about the problem that you're having. I really can't explain why it's happening this way, but if it is due to anxiety, that could be caused by the Topamax, it has been known to cause anxiety, depressio...
Updated 3 months ago.
 
mania
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Since I started taking Topamax a few weeks ago, I feel great but also manic which is dangerous for me. Anyone else experiencing mania while on Topamax? ## Hello, Lisa! How are you? It is actually well known that most of the anti consultant medications, such as this one, can cause mental health issues in some people that take them, even going as far as resulting in a total personality change. Have you spoken to your doctor? You will most likely need to switch to a different medication. Other side effects, as listed by the FDA, may include nausea, dizziness, headache, dry mouth and weight gain.
Updated 4 months ago.
 
noticing a change in weight
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Hey all, I'm very new to taking topamax and wondered how long it'd be until I'd notice a weight loss? Any answer would be appreciated. ## Hello, MomV7! How are you? Since this isn't actually a straight weight loss medication, which means that weight loss is just a side effect, it may take about 4 to 6 weeks for you to start seeing a difference, if it works for you. Typical side effects of this medication, as listed by the FDA, may possibly include nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, indigestion and rapid back and forth eye movements. Is there anything else I can help with? ## I was wondering the same thing. 4 years ago I weighed between 110-120 lbs at 5'3, but then while working as a nurse I was attacked by a patient. Over the past 4 years I've had 7 surgeries and gaine...
Updated 4 months ago.
 
Memory loss, tingling, swelling, concentration
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I JUST stopped taken 200mg of Topamax 2 times a day. i was experiencing swollen ankles. SO swollen i could barely walk. did anyone else have that bad of swelling? Taste was changed. My left eye went an changed on me. OVER NIGHT! i took a nap an woke up an my left eye was not wanting to focus with glasses on. I had my eyes checked. they said my left eye was dramatically changed. So took a nap, woke up, eye changed.. am i the only one this happened too? I experienced so many BAD side effects i stopped taking Topamax. i know im taking the chance of seizures and migraines but i couldnt handle the swelling, it was just unbearable!! pain would shoot through my body and many other things. Who else had a bad experience with Topamax? ## I am very sorry about the problems you've had. Accordin...
Updated 4 months ago.
 
Dallas Doctor for Topamax
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I was on Topamax years ago under a doctor that is no longer practicing. I lost a great amount of weight. I am wanting to get back on it but don't know of a doctor that prescribes it for weight loss in the Dallas area. Does anybody know one? ## Hello, Stephanie! How are you? Any doctor can prescribe it, there aren't any special "Topamax doctors" that you have to see. Do you currently have a PCP that you see regularly? If so, you could discuss it with them to see if they will prescribe it, or refer you to someone that will help. Topamax is classified by the FDA as being an antiseizure medication that is also approved to prevent migraines. It wasn't originally intended to be used for weight loss, that turned out to be an unexpected side effect that's been of great b...
Updated 5 months ago.
 
Topamax and Dizziness
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Just started Topamax this week (50mg 1X at bedtime) for migraine prevention. It's making me dizzy in a addition to side effects others have noted here like tingling fingers, low grade headache, thirst, upset stomach and mood swings. I've searched but I haven't been able to find any references to "dizziness". Has anyone else had this? My migraines leave me dizzy for days/weeks which is why my doctor decided to try me on Topamax. I don't need any ADDITIONAL issues with balance!! Probably just "my brain" but it would be nice to know if anyone else has this with migraines. ## Side effects are from the topomax. Let your dr. Know you may need to lower your dose or wean off of of them. They are known for many sie effects, numbness forgething things. Slurred spea...
Updated 5 months ago.
 
To reduce sugar cravings
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My therapist and psychiatrist worked together to prescribe the most effective treatment for my anxiety and alcohol abuse. I have been taking Zoloft for the past six years, and for the past two weeks I have been taking Topamax. I started with 50 mg at night the first week and increased to 100 mg at night the second week. I have been sober for 40 days, but my sugar cravings have not declined! I am eating bubble gum, Oreo cookies, candy ... mad sweets, sweets, sweets. Has anyone else had experience with this course of treatment with Topamax? How long does it take to kick in? Was it effective? Thoughts? Suggestions? ## Hello, Ricki! How are you? I'm sorry about the problem that you're having. It may take about 4 to 6 weeks for the Topomax to reach its full level of effectiveness in ...
Updated 5 months ago.
 
topomax changes brain
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hi im not taking topomax but my wife recently started taking it for migraine. 3 weeks in she has decided to leave me after 10 years together and 2 kids. She has different reasons for every time we talk. I don't know her anymore and this all started when she started taking the drug. could my suspicion that topomax has altered her mind. its like she has no emotion anymore. I don't want her to leave. she is saying she loves me but not in love with me. this is not a broken love story but im concerned about maybe this drug is altering her thoughts. has this happened to any other users of topomax? ## I hope things have gotten better with your wife! I took Topamax for about 6 months and can definitely say that it changes the brain drastically and could really be the cause of her snappi...
Updated 6 months ago.
 
Topamax for my 8month old baby
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Hi, my baby started having seizures a month ago so has been put on topamax. They started him on 15mg which after three weeks seemed to finally settle him. He has started having seizures again so it has been uped to 25mg. He is very irritable and who knows what else as he is obviously a baby and cannot express himself. For anyone else out there who ups thier dosage-how long does it take to get used to the new dose. I the seeing my baby boy so upset. Thanks ## Hello, Carrie! How is your son? I'm very sorry about the seizures. Each time the dosage is raised, it will take about 4 weeks, for his body to adjust and for the side effects to taper off and improve. Other side effects, as listed by the FDA, may include nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, headache and weight gain. Is there anything ...
Updated 7 months ago.
 
Back on Topamax after being off for a year
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I was on Topamax since 2006, 300mg a day. i went off it last year, my decision after a long discussion with my dr due to all the side affects, one major one was my hair loss, it was coming out in clumps. After being off of it for the past year, I gained over 30lbs. My eating was the same, healthy. Activity was the same. I attributed the weight gain to being off the Topamax. I went back to my dr this past week asked to go back on it again. I does help with my over all mood but I was on it for chronic pain from 6 surgeries. My question is, when i was on Topamax the first time I lost a ton of weight, should I expect it again. Im already down 5 lbs since Wednesday. 11/11. ## Hello, Stephanie! How are you? Yes, it is possible that it will work that way for you, again. Some doctors actually p...
Updated 9 months ago.
 

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