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Re: TOPAMAX -weight loss? And that kicks in...?

Posted by ceruleanblue on July 1, 2002, at 11:21:00

In reply to Re: TOPAMAX -weight loss? And that kicks in...? » Cam W., posted by Jerrympls on May 25, 2002, at 14:10:11

> Thanks Cam - but I want to clarify- I am not taking these medications for weight loss. I was just hoping that as a bonus I would get to shed some of the pounds gained that other meds helped me put on. Thanks.......oh, and I'm not strung out......
> > Jerry - You're not alone among those who took Topamaxô (topiramate) and didn't lose weight. Only about 20% of people in the real world lose weight, and those that do lose weight lose an average of 5 kg (11lb) over 12 months. The reason that earlier studies showed larger decreases in weight was that the participants were given diet counseling. Quite a few in the placebo (no-drug) group lost weight, as well.
> >
> > Sorry dude; you've got to get referred to a nutritionist and learn to follow and ugly diet and sensible increases in aerobic exercise over time. Your incentive is that the extra weight you put on, increases the risk of Type II diabetes and hypertensione. These "side effects" are more of a pain in the butt (I really wanted to say "pain in the ass", but I heard that there is an anti-cuss lobby here) than an ugly diet and a little jog and swim a couple of times a week could be.
> >
> > There is no magic way to lose weight; there is no pill, no herb, no drug that is going to "safely" lose weight and "keep it off". That last little bit of the previous sentence is crucial; many diets will make you lose weight initially, but you do eventually gain it back, many times gaining back even more weight than they initially lost.
> >
> > Also, amphetamines are no good for long term weight loss as a tolerance is built up the safer, low potency ones like ADDeral™ and Dexedrine™, causing more to be taken leading to an increased risk of dependence, heart problems and psychoses, over time. You do get some tolerance to the high potency amphetamines like methamphetamine, but you'll hardly notice it because you'll be strung out, and will twitching in sunlight.
> >
> > Sorry, I'm rambling. Good luck, it's a hard road, and there is no guarantee that you will lose weight, but you've got a good shot at it.
> >
> > - Cam

As for the weight loss effects..... whoa. I have lost 40+ lbs since taking topamax.... actually 60+ lbs if you include the 20 I put on through the use of the EVIL zyprexa.

ITs been a blessing to me.

I'm furious with my insurance company right now because they say that they won't pay for this months supply....... (which would be $450-ish )
too many refills cumulated??????

I get all my stuff filled together...... so I don't know what the heck the problem is, but I'm kinda worried about quitting COLD TURKEY.
It took a lot of time to work up to 400 mgs...... and I don't know what dropping to zero will do????
I HATE my pdoc, but I guess I will have to swallow my pride and call him............
Unfortunately I can't find another pdoc........around here.
Which is a fairly metropolotin area....... I just don't get it????????





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