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Re: joining the topamax club

Posted by judyt on February 17, 2003, at 16:59:09

In reply to Re: joining the topamax club, posted by Madge on February 17, 2003, at 11:12:47

I've been taking Topomax for over 2 years now primarily for weight-loss. My psychiatrist gives it to me. I started at 200mg per day, but now take 400mg per day. I also take Effexor and Lithium for depression. When I first started taking it, it gave me such an amazing boost of energy! I felt the best I have ever felt in my life! I've been given the diagnosis of fibromyalgia for my general overall tired and achiness, but when I started Topomax, the first 6 months or so, the fibromyalgia melted away. I increased from 100 to 400 mg per day to maintain that effect, but eventually it faded away as I acclimated. :::sigh::: I have lost 50lbs. in 2 years. So that is a big success story. But, I don't think I've really changed my bad habits, I'm just eating less of the same old bad foods! :D If I have to stop the Topomax, I'm afraid, I'll gain it back. I think I am noticing more and more of the cognitive problems...perhaps because Lithium has a bad reputation for similar problems. I'm going in to see my Dr. soon and talk about what to do about lousy short term memory, inability to learn new things, not being able to pull up the word I need, other similar things that make me feel like an 85 IQ instead of my actual 135! When you start crying (yelling!) because you can't learn what button does what on the new remote control...the 5th time you're's time to make some changes! I'm sure it works differently in different doses for every single person!




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