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Re: topomax

Posted by nancy on April 21, 1999, at 12:00:06

In reply to Re: topomax, posted by katie on April 20, 1999, at 22:38:44

Actually, pills do change feeling, thoughts, desires...and some of them do disrupt one's physiology significantly causing weight gain or loss.

When I took Topomax, I was replused by just the thought of food. Also, I could only tolerate water to quench my thirst...well, ok, I could drink coffee. But any other type of liquid had a disgusting flavor.

I have been taking Seroquel instead of Topomax, recently, to satisfy my pdoc curiosity about my potential response to these completely different mood stabilizers.

I'm going to get back on the Topomax and DROP the Seroquel. Topomax is an AED, whereas, Seroquel is an atypical antipsychotic...I'm getting dyskinesia in my hands. In my experience, Topomax is the mood stabilizer of CHOICE (granted, if one has a choice) for any severe manic depressive w/, rapid cycling, mixed states, and/or intolerance to other AEDs.

> >My Dr. has prescribed topomax for me to eventually replace the lithium. I've taken it about a week and will up the dose to what will be my normal level tomorrow. So far I haven't really noticed my appetite changing at all. But I'm still taking the lithium too. I know that losing weight really comes down to what the individual wants and is willing to do to attain a goal. I feel you can't put too much stock into a pill to solve all your problems. Don't get me wrong...I need those durn things to help me through my day, but ultimately I control my destiny. (It is kinda nice to think that some prescription drugs have desirable "side-effects".)
> Topomax is suppose to do the opposite from depakote in terms of instead of weight gain it has weight loss side effects. Has anyone had any experience with these? Ellen




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