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

Posted by KRM123 on July 13, 2003, at 21:28:52

In reply to Re: Topamax Weight Loss Advice????? LBcats, posted by LBcats on July 13, 2003, at 19:07:30

thanks LB... I hope that the Topamax starts making you feel better soon. I am going to ask my Dr. about it next week. I think I am also going to switch from Zoloft to Effexor. I can't lose an ounce of weight! I'm not really gaining though so that is a good thing...but if I don't lose at least 8 lbs by the end of August then I'm going to have to buy all new clothes. I'm just living in my sweats now and then my work uniform. I know I can't expect these meds to work instantly. I've been sick for a long time now but have made vast improvment in just the last 2 months. Are you on Effexor also? or some other med? I have heard that Effexor and Wellbutrin are less likely to cause weight gain compared to the SSRI's. I am going to be soooo happy when this weight comes off!

> >Hi KRM,
> I'm not really sure about whether it makes you stupid in the future or not. But I do find that when I get depressed, I find myself getting forgetful, again. I tend to blame it on the topomax although most people tell me that's part of being depressed. Right now I'm going through some depression and I'm having a very hard time concentrating so I start blaming it on the topamax. But overall, I love my topomax and I wouldn't give it up for anything. At least not for now. Good luck. I say you should at least give it a try.
> Linda
> LB,
> > Thanks for the info. I really hope I don't get the side effects too severely. I am waitressing right now so to forget things would be a major problem. I am just really concerned about controlling my appetite so I'll try anything. I know a girl who is on it and she is Bipolar. I am going to see the same Dr. as her. I hope he'll think it's okay that I take it. Do you think long term use of Topamax can make a person "stupid" since the side effects are like that? I always worry about what these drugs are going to do to me in the future...but I just can't dwell on it I guess.
> >
> >
> > Not all Doc's will use Topomax although because most people who are depressed feel better about themselves if they lose weight, doc's are more likely to use it. However, the drug does have side effects. And it's not meant for everybody in terms of therapeutic effects. I am bipolar so for me it works great.
> > > If you want to start on it, do it now because the worst side effect is the "stupids" or loss of memory, disorientation. Sometimes they call topomax, dopiemax or other stupid names like that because it does give you the stupids for awhile. You forget what you are talking about and can't remember who you are. I forgot my husband's name several times can you believe that? Anyway, it took about 6-8 weeks to get over all the effects completely. I started at 25-50 mg a day and I am up to 200 mg a day and the only side effect still with me is the loss of appetite.
> > > good luck
> >




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