TOPIRAMATE: FDA Approved Drugs and User Comments

User Comments:

For Migraine Prevention: “I am on 50mg, working my way up to 100mg ER. At this point I am a complete zombie the next day. Just feel “blah” with no energy or desire to do anything. Also, I have lost my appetite, and drinks taste awful. This behavior is not me!! Has anyone had this “exhausted” “hangover” feeling lasting all day? If so will I get use to this if I keep taking it? I’m scared to go up to 100mg… also the 100 is Extended release… are the side effects any different? better? worse? Thanks for your help! :)”

sleepyinsd (taken for less than 1 month) March 13, 2018

Topamax (topiramate) 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 Bipolar Disorder: “This is the second time I have been on topamax, the first time was two years ago and I must say it helped me out a lot. I got sober, started eating healthy and working out, my mind was quiet and I was feeling a lot better. I suffer with depression, ocd, bed, bed, bipolar disorder (bpd) post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) – catastrophizing in my head is a huge thing I like to do or just worrying. Anyways I became mindful and felt amazing and happy, I’m sure not all of this was from the topamax but it helped me get started but for some reason I was itching so I got off . This time I am on qudexy xr 200 mg for bpd/ptsd/mood/urges/motivation/energy/binge eating disorder I am noticing a good start again. more energy, getting up early, more motivated, mind distracted so I’m not in my head so much ( I am 34 and I sit home, don’t work, obsess about everything in a panic distressing state 24/7 everyday so the fact that I’m even getting out the house again is amazing.”

DL March 9, 2018

For Bipolar Disorder: “I’ve been taking this drug for about 6 months now. I take it in combination with lamotrigine. I was concerned about weight gain as I was already heavy for me, but weight loss was certainly not my primary goal. For the first 3 months I felt really great I did lose weight consistently which I do think added to my feeling good. About 3 months ago I entered a pretty severe manic episode. It was probably one of the most intense ever. I am increasing my dose and it’s early on with that. I’m headed to 250 mg per day. My husband and I are in hopes that this will help. My side effects of brain fog, fatigue, and dizziness, we’re temporary. Other than that one bump in the road, I can honestly say this is been the most effective drug combination I’ve ever been on and I can’t see myself switching again.”

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

Topamax (topiramate) 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

Topamax (topiramate) 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

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