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Re: Starting on Topomax for Migraines. Advice anyone? inky

Posted by migraine sufferer on January 14, 2004, at 0:38:51

In reply to Starting on Topomax for Migraines. Advice anyone?, posted by inky on November 7, 2001, at 14:38:52

> Hi,
> I just started (last night first dose) on Topomax as a migraine prophylaxis.
> I don't have a history of any psychological disorders. just found this site through a Google search and you guys sound really knowledgeable.
> I've had migraines for most of my adult life and in the last few months they've become daily occurences. I've been taking Zomig and Ibuprofen to combat attacks -- have tried lots of other meds, too, both preventive and "abortive."
> My doctor, a headache specialist, recommended Topomax based on some very favorable results in his other patients.
> I'm a bit worried about side effects. They started me on 15 mg/day to increase by 15 mg each week until either the daily migraines go away or I reach 90 mg/day.
> I'm not taking any other neurological drugs.
> I'm a bit worried about the side effects. I do feel a bit groggy today but I don't know if it's from the Topomax. Is this commmon? Does it go away?
> My doctor mentioned tingling fingers, loss of mental acuity, depression, weight loss (not a negative in my opinion!) and dehydration.
> Has anyone experienced any of these? I'm particularly worried about the loss of mental acuity and grogginess since I need my brain power! I'm also worried about depression because I've seen what a horrible disease that can be.
> And I'd like to know if the side effects tend to go away with time. If so, how long does it take?
> If anyone has any advice, comments, experiences, etc. on taking Topomax for migraines, I'd appreciate it.
> Thanks!

I realize this is a 2004 response to a 2001 question but....I was searching under "topomax" and found this site. a lot of knowledgeable-been there done-that people. I too was recently prescribed topomax for migraine prevention. Even at the low dose I'm scared to take a third dose. --Scared to death to close my eyes--and every heartbeat feels like my heart is going to jump out of my chest. Should I keep taking this?
I am on no other prescription drugs right now.
Thanks for any advice on this!




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