TOPAMAX, TOPAMAX SPRINKLE: FDA Approved Drugs and User Comments

User Comments:

For Bulimia “I’m an educated, certified, educator and RN who has dealt with Bulimia since age 12. When I was a teenager I was put on Topamax for two years and then in combination with Prozac for one year for depression and the eating disorder. 100% it worked. I got out of the cycle and didn’t gain any unwanted weight, eventually getting off the two and still felt great. It wasn’t until after giving birth twice that the depression and bulimia came back. Post baby number two and one lost baby in between, at age 27 I couldn’t drop the unwanted weight and felt depressed about it. Now 30 I am considering going back on the meds because it worked so well the first time, but I am the type of person who doesn’t like mind altering drugs or the feeling that I can’t do it on my own. 3 years deep right now and my doctor really wants me to go back on meds at least to bridge my recovery. To those looking for a medication to assist, I know this one works.”

Flawed RN (taken for 2 to 5 years) March 10, 2018

For Tourette’s Syndrome “My beautiful son had the worst issues with TS we went to a doctor, God bless Him I’ll never forget you Dr. Marreo you changed our lives forever Topamax. We tried everything… my son is almost 90% tic free if not 99% most of the time. Yes, the thought process may be a little slower but the benefits outweigh.TRY TOPAMAX IF YOU HAVE TS it saved my son”

Carmel Kaplan (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 8, 2018

For Tourette’s Syndrome “I’ve had Tourette’s as long as I can remember. I was finally diagnosed in my 50s. Topamax was fantastic for my tics. First time ever to not be in pain. I have neck fusions from all the neck twisting, turning, stretching. Unfortunately side effects were terrible. Flu like symptoms, migraines (some take it for migraine prevention??), plugged ears, slower reflexes (not good since I do canyoneering). Good side effects: carbonated drinks taste terrible, lessened my appetite. I was on it for 8 months until I was setting up rigging for a 150′ rappel and had to think way too hard on what normally was second nature.”

Lyn (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 2, 2018

For Migraine Prevention “Overall bad experience. Currently tapering off (was on the med 3 months). Did work in decreasing migraines but the side effects were horrible. Tingly hands, feet, legs and arms; heavy chest (thought I was having a heart attack); very anxious; crying often; just not happy; very tired. I cannot wait to be off of this medication.”

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 27, 2018

For Seizure Prevention “My doctor put me on Topamax because I could no longer afford Lacmictal for my bipolar disorder. It was the worst experience of my life. It gave me a severe headache, loss of coordination — if I was walking forward I would suddenly start waking on my tiptoes in a sideways direction. I couldn’t spell or form sentences. I had slurred speech and my eyes were glazed over. I also had mild anxiety the whole time I was on it. The only good thing was that I literally had no appetite and lost a lot of weight. I only took it for about ten days week and went back to Lamictal. I’d rather be poor than have to be on Topamax”

Butterbean63 (taken for less than 1 month) February 5, 2018

For Obesity “It’s a little early for a review. It’s currently December 27th, 2017 and started Topamax on Dec. 7th. It’s been 20 days and I am a total binge eater. I’ve never been overweight, it’s not even in my genes to be overweight. I’m going through an extreme depression and being on over 12 different medications the past 5 years has been rough. I was 115-120lbs all the way up until I was 18. Started getting medicated when I was 18 and started gaining ever since. It’s normal to gain weight with age obviously, i’ve seen just about everyone I graduated with has gained weight. I blame Seroquel for my weight gain. HOWEVER. I weigh 161lbs starting topamax, it’s been 20 days, haven’t shifted in weight. Will post update later on.”

heyitsmeee (taken for less than 1 month) December 28, 2017

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