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Re: Topamax

Posted by Momof4 on July 15, 2004, at 13:47:32

In reply to Re: Topamax, posted by summer2002 on July 14, 2004, at 15:26:16

OK - I am suppose to be running out the door to pick up daughter but just read all your postings. I am on 400 mgs on lamictal and was on 50mgs of topamax (I had been as high as 200mgs). I stopped the topamax for a couple reasons:
> One - I had white floaters or something else in my right side vision. Went to good eye doc and she couldn't find anything wrong. They are still there but not so bad. Maybe I'm just crazy.
> Two - on doses above 100 mgs my cognitive functions dropped dramatically - when I wrote I would double up words. No tingling hands.
> Three - this is why I stopped. I couldn't take a deep breath. I would inhale but couldn't breath deep enough. I found myself constantly yawning but still couldn't catch my breath. Lung xay ok. Went to heart doc and everything ok. Going to lung doc but of course the symptons have gone away since I stopped the topamax. It could be stress but I have never had these problems before. Has anyone had similar problem?
> I wish I could stay on higher dose of topamax - at 200 mgs I dropped a lot of weight.
Have to run...

Wow, I read the post as they steadily flow in and see that the side effects are enough to drive some people to just stop taking the medicine. I consider it every day, as I watch my hair go down the shower drain. I have given myself a time frame from today. 4-6 months weighing out the pros and the cons (of course if I don't show any baldness prior to that). From there I will make a long term decision. I have noticed that my night eating has decreased to maybe one time a week, the "tingles" have also subsided for the most part. As for the weight loss, nothing! As a matter of fact between the other medications I am taking and my schedule my eating habits have declined to that grab and go style but my stomach is always saying "Feed me". I wonder if the timing of the medication has any play in the effects. I take my medicine between 7-8 pm, I never feel any different after taking it but maybe I should try to take it a bit earlier. I can say one thing, my moods are up and down like the sun. Seems like if I don't make the extra effort to be somewhat happy today, I won't pull out of it for days. Perhaps 100mg isn't doing the job and my next appt with my dr. isn't after Labor Day due to my schedule. Oh well. Wishing everyone the best of the best.




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