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Re: topamax

Posted by maribeth on May 29, 2001, at 10:30:35

In reply to Re: topamax, posted by krissi on May 25, 2001, at 10:10:25

> I am a 32-yr old bi-polar female. I have been on numerous different medications with horrible side effects that frankly, haven't done that much to help my terrible ups and downs until now. I started taking Topamax a little over 2 months ago and am thrilled at how it has stabilized my moods and controlled my manic episodes. I also take 300 mg of Effexor XR every AM and 100 mg of Trazodone every PM (both anti-depressants). Before the Topamax I was taking Zyprexa which I hated because it made me so groggy all the time and I was only taking 15 mg, not to mention that it gave me a big appetite. So, having said all that. I have lost 12 lbs since I've been on Topamax so I'm back to my normal weight now which makes me feel alot better about myself. I just can't stand to eat hardly anything. Nothing sounds good. I used to drink coffee - not anymore - yuck. I'm repulsed by eggs and meat. About all I eat is a few saltines, cottage cheese and some fruit. I feel nauseous all the time. I'm also always tired - just have no energy and that's not like me at all. I'm really glad the Topamax is helping me, but I wish I'd start to feel better. My Dr started me on 100 mg/day and then put me on 200 mg/day 3 wks ago. I do get tingling in my hands and feet too. I guess there's just no "miracle cure" - maybe someday. In the meantime, we have to be thankful for what we have and keep a sense of humor. Good luck to everyone out there. Be strong and let me know how you're doing!

Carolyn --
Amen ! I was started on Topamax about a year ago, supposedly for weight loss. Well, I haven't lost any weight, but I have stopped gaining. However, for the first time in many years, I am not a moody, either crying-and-suicidal or screaming-and-bitching woman! Was this an accident, or just a plot on God's part?! I don't know, but whatever, it worked and I am grateful. Hang in there. Oh yeah, I topped out at 500mgm a day. I too take 300mgm of Effexor XR a day (also, 100mgm of Seroquel). Maribeth




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