Posted by LBcats on July 14, 2003, at 21:45:17
In reply to effects of topamax, posted by cerodwen on July 14, 2003, at 18:06:04
>I think It works good with depakote but depakote can make you can weightat high doses. I take depakote now (a small dose)and with this small dose I have not gained weight (250 mg a day) and have not had any manic/mixed episodes. I've had these manic mixed episodes in the past.
My doc was surprised at how well the depakote and the topomax worked together but I insisted on getting off the depakote because of the weight gain. So far so good at 250 mg.
Try topomax 100 mg during the day. That works better for me then the other 100 at night.
i take 200 mg of topamax at night, before bed. I've been taking it for at least 2 years now, but i still think that i have effects of the "dopimax" syndrome thing. I have trouble remembering words and with focus and concentration. I also have problems with depression so that may be due to that as well. However topamax helped me to lose the 100+ lbs I gained while on Lithium (this drug does not work with my body chemistry) so that was a very helpful thing for me, and I like to take it because it helps to keep my weight down and so many of the mood stabilizer meds cause so much puffing up. Does anyone have a regular mood stabilizer they'd recommend to take in conjunction with Topamax? Right now I'm taking the 200mg of the Topamax at night as a mood stabilizer and 10mg of Lexapro in the morning to help with social anxiety and depression.
> I am looking for an all-around mood stabilizer, because i've heard topamax doesn't really work on its own and I had a manic/mixed episode in april when I was taking just topamax.