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Re: topomax

Posted by JPS on April 5, 2004, at 4:46:36

In reply to topomax, posted by Ellen Brodie on April 19, 1999, at 15:58:40

I was sent to a neurologist with severe back pain and had an MRI and was diagnosed with a ruptured disc, pinched nerve and 2 more buldging disc about to rupture. I also suffer from chronic pelvic pain.

I was prescribed Topamax 2 weeks ago, 25 mg. the 1st week, went to 100 mg. the 2nd week and I can't tell I am even taking it. I have lost 8 lbs. and but I have gained alot of weight the last few years from not being able to excercise from the chronic pelvic pain so that was good I lost some weight. I also take 150mg. of Zoloft.

My question is, I see most on this site taking Topomax for depression,weightloss, etc., but don't see many taking it for pain other than migraine pain, just wondering how effective others have found it to be on pain? Maybe I need a stronger dose. He is giving it to me for pain and won't give me anything else for pain.

I found this warning on Topomax on another site and worry about taking too strong of a dose. I wonder if this is rare of is common. Here was the warning I found below:

A warning for those Topomax users who are having trouble with eye pain and blurriness;
Your eye pain and blurred vision is a reaction from the Topomax. Your eye pressure is high and if it stays high for a short period of time you will damage your optic nerve and become blind! I am not joking. Last week my husband started using Topomax. 1 week later he almost lost his eyesight as a reaction to it. The Topomax raised his eye pressure to the high fifties (normal is around 10) and no one knew how to treat it. Fortunately he was sent to the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston who is currently researching this side effect. His still cannot see and they are hoping he will regain his ability to see within 2 weeks.
If you start using Topomax and feel irritation in your eyes no matter how minor stop using and go to your doctors immediately!!! Not many doctors are aware of this newly discovered problem so refer them to the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary's research.




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