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Re: Topamax Experiences?

Posted by Simoncat on May 19, 2004, at 20:33:08

In reply to Re: Topamax Experiences?, posted by imlaurie on May 16, 2004, at 23:19:51

> I lost almost 50 pounds taking Topamax. I lost it so fast it made my head spin. I guess it was in a three month period but it seemed much quicker. I only took 100 mgs a day for the first few months. Then I started taking only 50 mgs. I am on it for Bi-Polar II disorder. I started out at 160 and am now 116. All I hear is that I am too thin. Used to hear I was too fat. Is there ever a happy medium? I do look older thin but I feel better, healthier. I have lost my appetite to an extent and I just seemed to shed my weight, it's like a combination of the two things together working for you. In other words I was a huge eater before now I am a normal eater. I have no other side effects with this medication and I have been on it for a year. I believe you would probably lose weight even if you ate the same, I could be wrong but it's what I think. This drug is like a miracle and could probably help a lot of obese people.

I started out taking it for migraines at 25 mg a day and then eventually 50 mg a day. I dropped 5 lbs the first week. My dr left me on it and added in Lexapro and Strattera. Just last week she upped my dose to 100 mg a day. It has totally killed my appetite. I haven't weighed recently but just in the past week I can tell my clothes are fitting bigger. I lost 35 lbs on Atkins before taking the Topamax, Lexapro, and Strattera.

I had read some research where there was talk of potentially using it in the future as a possible weight loss medication but there was tons more research and study to be done on it before going to the FDA with it. After having tried Meridia myself, I find this to be a great treatment to help overweight people. (I lost 10-15 quickly on Meridia but felt loopy all the time and gained it all right back after I stopped taking it when people starting having heart attacks on it.) I was able to go from a size 16 to a Size 8/10 while doing Atkins and hopefully with the help of the Topamax, a good diet, and exercise would like to get to a 4/6. I can't say the weight loss from the Topamax is a bad side effect in my opinion. :)




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