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Re: Topamax Weight Loss Advice????? LBcats

Posted by galkeepinon on July 11, 2003, at 0:14:41

In reply to Re: Topamax Weight Loss Advice?????, posted by LBcats on July 9, 2003, at 19:15:07

Hi Linda, I haven't been online for a few days, feelin a little down, but better tonight. Hope you are doing well. Good for you!!! You lost 2 sizes too-wonderful. Feels good doesn't it? I still have a few I need to lose for sure. I went back to taking 100mg of the Topamax a few days ago and it was a mistake, so I started back at 200 mg a day again yesterday. I'm famous for playing with my meds (bad girl) LOL
You sound like you have a pretty reasonable doctor?
Right now I am taking 75mg of Effexor and hope to increase it next time I see my psychiatrist. I believe I need a higher dose to keep my depression at bay for sure. We do sound alike. I have been hospitalized a few times for major depression and now I'm just trying to get my mood stabilized more. I still get a little depressed sometimes-but I'm working on that. So, you like the combo of Topamax and Effexor? How long have you been on both? Have you had any success with any other meds on the past? Why are you going off the Depakote???

Hope to hear from you soon, if I can be of any help to you let me know.


> >Hi Gal,
> I lost 2 sizes in pants as well. I am however, still on a small dose of depakote. I will be taken off of that hopefully next time I go see my doc. She wanted to keep me on it one more month to make sure I didn't go manic because I had pretty serious mania streaks. So far so good. She had to wean me off the depakote very slowly. I mean slowly. Anyway, I hoping that I may continue more weight loss once she completely takes me off the depakote cause it may be that it still is causing me to keep weight on. I am not at my ideal weight but I really do feel wonderful. Who wouldn't with 20lbs less. It is amazing how you and I are taking about the same meds. How much effexor do you take? I take 300mg in the morning. I have been diagnosed as bipolar and have experienced pretty serious depression in the passed.
> I have been hospitalized twice.
> But I feel like a different person with topomax and effexor together. Let me know more about you
> Linda
> Hi Linda, that's right you're on the same dosage as I am of Topamax. Same time too. Well, I just went to the grocerystore: rice pudding, shortbread cookies, ice cream, Propel water, (like you want to hear my shopping list hehe) my point: I got home and I'm not even hungry-going through the isles made me ill-I'm just not hungry!!! LOL My brother is like wow-your appetite just ain't what it used to be-I'm like yay people are noticing-but better yet I've lost 2 sizes in my jeans. It's funny because I'm at a standstill too at about 22 Lbs now with the weight loss-I just keep drinking the water and mostly eat salads and turkey slices-the good stuff just appeals to me more. Poor Dreyers isn't going to be getting my business much longer LOL
> > I get energy during the day too and I have to be careful of the mania because I always have to make sure I don't have a fall into a depression afterward. A fine line......
> > Now that I've been on Topamax for a little over 2 months it really more or less makes me neither energetic or sleepy. At first it made me sleep like crazy. It has helped my depression and it's not even an AD. That is what amazes me. And that's why I'm wondering if I even need this Effexor.
> > OMG yes, I was on Depakote-no way not for me. you know that drill-I bet.
> > You sound so much like me-exactly-my patience was worth it too-so, so, so, so worth it!
> > Crossing my fingers, hoping, and praying that Topamax works for a good long time, and if my doc has to up the dose-so be it-I feel pretty good on it and I have faith in Topamax, hope you do too.
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> > > I'm on 200 mg of Topomax. 100 in the morning and 100 at bedtime. I told you my appetite is back but it's funny I just said that because I spend a week with my sister and she told me I don't eat a thing. So do most people, so I guess I'm not as hungry as I thought. I'm like you, when I go to a restaurant, I order all this stuff and then I'm full right away. Everyone asks me why I didn't eat and the truth is I'm full. I'm at a standstill with my weight right now at 20 lbs less than what I weight before. I love it. I'm at a great size and I love the way I feel with topomax. I don't have a no care attitude although sometimes I do have an "all fun" attitude and sometimes that's not healthy for me. Most people get tired with it. I don't I get the opposite. During the day, I get energy. I think it is supposed to slow me down a bit. How much to you take and when do you take it? How does it make you feel? Sleepy, or happy or energetic? Let me know more. Before this I was on deepakote. Topomax is much better. The side effects for me lasted a good 2 months but now I now my patience was worth it.
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