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Re: Has topomax helped -- heathermom chemist

Posted by headachequeen on May 10, 2004, at 15:44:37

In reply to Re: Has topomax helped heathermom, posted by chemist on May 10, 2004, at 13:49:41

> hi there, chemist here....i took topamax 100 mg bid (200 mg/day in divided doses) as monotherapy for (alleged) bipolar I/II and can report that it was ineffective in controlling my hypomania vs. trileptal (300 mg/day) as monotherapy, and that weight-loss was quite pronounced but not extreme.....all the best, chemist

I don't know about controlling bipolar I/II and so on... although I am apparently hypomanic and the symptoms that caused the diagnosis seem to be under control and I am presently not receiving psychotherapy... and I might add that while I need topomax to help deal with migraine and epilepsy, I also need the hypomania to succeed in my chosen field sigh...

but I do know that it has succeeded in controlling the migraines (a little over a year now) and has moderated the effect of the tegretol that was apparently reducing the occurrence of the seizures but not enough...

and I do know that it has helped me lose weight that I gained thanks to depression and lack of self esteem as well as thanks to medications that had a tendency to cause weight gain...

Nothing is going to change overnight in the weight area... all the fancy and expensive diet sources tell us that...
so we should not expect Topomax to help us lose weight rapidly either.
As it is I keep hearing that I should stop taking 'that medicine' because I am becoming so thin...
I have gone from a little over 200 pounds to 145 pounds... exercise (I walk a lot and I do a lot of physically active stuff, but I did that same walking and physically active stuff before Topomax) have contributed I am sure... but so has the lack of interest in sugars and carbohydrate-high foods...
Topomax has a definite effect on food obsession and interest...
but the weight won't all fall off the first month...
it took time to gain it... and it takes time to lose it...
when I started to gain I weighed about 110...
it would never be possible to lose 100 pounds overnight no matter what I tried...




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