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Starting on Topomax for Migraines. Advice anyone?

Posted by inky on November 7, 2001, at 14:38:52

In reply to Re: Topamax Experiences?, posted by Janice1 on January 4, 2001, at 18:52:01


I just started (last night first dose) on Topomax as a migraine prophylaxis.

I don't have a history of any psychological disorders. just found this site through a Google search and you guys sound really knowledgeable.

I've had migraines for most of my adult life and in the last few months they've become daily occurences. I've been taking Zomig and Ibuprofen to combat attacks -- have tried lots of other meds, too, both preventive and "abortive."

My doctor, a headache specialist, recommended Topomax based on some very favorable results in his other patients.

I'm a bit worried about side effects. They started me on 15 mg/day to increase by 15 mg each week until either the daily migraines go away or I reach 90 mg/day.

I'm not taking any other neurological drugs.

I'm a bit worried about the side effects. I do feel a bit groggy today but I don't know if it's from the Topomax. Is this commmon? Does it go away?

My doctor mentioned tingling fingers, loss of mental acuity, depression, weight loss (not a negative in my opinion!) and dehydration.

Has anyone experienced any of these? I'm particularly worried about the loss of mental acuity and grogginess since I need my brain power! I'm also worried about depression because I've seen what a horrible disease that can be.

And I'd like to know if the side effects tend to go away with time. If so, how long does it take?

If anyone has any advice, comments, experiences, etc. on taking Topomax for migraines, I'd appreciate it.





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