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Topamax effects on athletic training

Posted by basilcat on February 15, 2003, at 13:33:48

My doctor is currently weaning me off Depakote and I will be starting Topamax next week. The reason for the switch is because I gained quite a bit of weight in a short period of time, despite the fact that I regularly run marathons and run about 34-40 miles a week. I was wondering if anyone else is taking Topamax and is also an endurance athlete that trains at a relatively high level? What kind of effects has it had on your training and performance? I've read about the many other side effects of the drug, but this is of particular concern since I take my running very seriously. Thanks for any input!


Re: Topamax effects on athletic training

Posted by sjb on February 17, 2003, at 16:32:48

In reply to Topamax effects on athletic training, posted by basilcat on February 15, 2003, at 13:33:48

I have experience with distance running and Topomax was not helpful. When I first went on it, I stopped running for a while and just took long walks and worked out at the gym. It was great for that, although I was much weaker at the gym. I lost weight INITIALLY, but gained it back after a few months and when I tried going back on it, it was never the same. It also makes you dumber than a doorpost. When I tried running again, while trying the Topomax again, I had to keep it at around 50mg per day. Anything higher really affected my endurance, motivation, etc. I do not believe it is a good drug for a serious athlete, in my opinion and the weight loss stuff is overated, again, in my opinion, because if it does happen, it is often temporary. Good luck.

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