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Re: Tomamax for weight loss

Posted by Cateb on May 27, 2001, at 7:34:29

In reply to Re: Tomamax for weight loss, posted by Lexie on May 26, 2001, at 7:31:31

When Lexie said her doctor didn't even notice her extremely dramatic weight lost, that really struck a chord with me. I lost 40 pounds on Topamax and I'm 5'8". But my doctor didn't notice, either. I think, regardless of the clothes I'm wearing, that this is irresponsible, and it's been bugging me for a while. Until I read this, it didn't face my own feelings about my doctor. He also wouldn't listen to me when I said that I thought the Wellbutrin/Topamax combo he had me on was really messing with my head. Pretty serious when I began to have suicidal thoughts and then didn't even feel I could talk with him about them because he spends so much time talking and not enough time listening or knowing the right thing to *do*.

I guess I'm mad that he would just throw drugs at me and not monitor me closely enough to understand (hey, or even ask me!) what the side effect were. In my case, he didn't even offer what side effects I might experience, and my history says I'm prone to them if there's such a thing. It's only as I began to get burned by some drugs and started grilling him and found this board (and learned the phrase "concordance versus compliance" from Cam W.) that he got on his toes.

I think I know the kinds of posts this will husband has been urging me to switch doctors for a while now.

> Everyone else has heard me say this so plug up your ears. So for Limey, I was put on Topamax almost a year ago, I am now, everyone, as of last month up to 500 mgs, and I have lost 35 pounds and am NOW 120 pounds at 5'9", underweight for my height. Yes, it does cause weight loss, just be careful what you ask for you just might get it. I have become a bit obessed with the entire weight loss thing. I am catching a bit of grief from my family. My doctor hasn't noticed because of the clothes I wear to my visits. I had been 137 before going on the AD's (while on the AD's I got up to 155) when I was put on Topamax I should have maintained when I reached 137. Most importantly it has been a great drug for Bipolar 2, the ups and downs and acting out. The only one that has worked for me. Just be sure to maintain a healthy weight, my best advise. Take care of yourself. Lexie




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