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Topmax for Migraines

Posted by Sprgrvr on June 23, 2003, at 17:02:37

In reply to Topomax Migraines Anyone?, posted by ljen on March 1, 2003, at 20:51:32

Im new here I'm glad I found all your comments. I was recently put on Topamax for migraine (my full history follows - I didn't want to bore everyone at the beginning) starting at 30mg per day (2 15mg pills instead of 1 25mg pill) and maxing out at 240mg within 8 weeks. I wondered if anyone thought the difference in mg would make a difference. I'm also a business student and hoping the side effect of "fuzzy brain" that everyone keeps mentioning won't be too much of a hindrance in my classes. Does anyone have any tactics that have helped them?

I've suffered from migraines (originally thought to be cluster due to short-two-week-absences) since I was a junior in high school (roughly 10 years) with all theories ending up in the garbage can and no relief. Recently, my younger sister was treated for a type of epilepsy that was very similar to bipolar, which included horrendous vomiting episodes, behavioral problems, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and other problems. Because of our genetics (alcoholism, anxiety disorders, etc), her pediatric neurologist allowed me as a patient. She first put me on Lamictal to which I broke out with an allergic reaction after a week and a half. While I was on Lamictal, my migraines were worse, my psycho dreams were more common and more psycho, and I was very dizzy. The Prednisone was not much better. She's now trying Topomax and I'm afraid of a reaction as well as the side effects. I think were going in the right direction due to the fact that the Lorazepam (Ativan) works wonderfully when a migraine does slip through while Im getting my dosage up. Im just hoping the side-effects dont cause more distractions than the migraines themselves.


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