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Re: what dose were you at that you lost 20 lbs.?

Posted by headachequeen on October 22, 2003, at 22:22:54

In reply to Re: what dose were you at that you lost 20 lbs.?, posted by Stacy Louisa Beus on June 30, 2003, at 20:50:28

I take 400 mg Topomax daily (half in the morning and half in the evening with meals) for migraine as well as epilepsy, in conjunction with Tegretol... the dosage of Topomax started at 25 mg a day in the evening then increased until it reached the 400 mg a day... when the neurologist suggested it, instead of increasing the Tegretol he warned me there were side effects, the most noticeable being weightloss... I thought about it for about five seconds and decided to risk it... I was anorexic in my late teens and seem to have found payback time in my thirties and forties... so was happy to try anything that might take off the weight...
the Topomax or some subliminal effect began within about a week... as food began to lose its appeal... I have lost almost forty-five pounds without any great effort on my part...
at this point food still has little interest to me and has a tendency to make me nauseous...

other side effects of which I have become aware from talking to other Topomax patients are related to alcohol use... even a small amount of alcohol can cause chaos...
but I have been fortunate in that I have experienced none of the speech confusion or disorientation that others describe...
in ten months of using Topomax IO have not experienced a migraine for which I am grateful
and have experienced a decrease in seizure activity for which I am ecstatic...
three months ago (appoximately) the Tegretol was increased and I have had no seizures since...
sheer euphoria....
headache queen (I guess I may have to abdicate?)




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