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Re: Topamax, headachequeen

Posted by kka on June 1, 2004, at 19:42:48

In reply to Re: Topamax, kka, posted by headachequeen on June 1, 2004, at 16:26:08

Okay, it looks like I have missed the mega doses of the Vitamin c! I am and was using a multi-vitamin and the pre-natal ones but maybe I'll try adding the mega dose of vitamin C...I really want to get back on it. Thanks so much for your help!!

> > Kat,
> > Glad to hear you are doing well. In your post you mentioned no hair loss "at this point" I started Topamax in Oct. at 25 mgs and then by March I was up to 175 mgs twice a day. in March I started having severe hair loss so I stopped taking topamax, then tried again in late April even at the low dose of 50mgs the hair loss started again. Did this happen to you and did the hair loss just stop?? I was taking vitamins, biotin, vitamins - E and B vitamins folic acid, seleninum, zinc, and a prenatal pill. Should I have just stuck it out, would the hair loss eventually stop? I am really wanting to give it another try but cannot lose the hair again. I was taking for migraines and weight loss and had much success without ANY of the side effects other than hair loss...any advice on trying the topamax again and avoiding hair loss. Any imput would be great! Thanks KKA
> >
>
> I lost hair with tegretol... scads of it... and panicked but could not... dared not stop taking it...
> when murph mentioned the biotin I felt like a fool as we give it to our Chows for hair problems along with megadoses of vitamin C... and 400 to 800 IU of vitamin E with zinc ...
> and of course virgin coldpressed olive oil... and a few other vitamins and mineral supplements to ensure they get the right stuff for their skin and hair, but especially the C... so why did I not think of it for myself??????
> where was the logic that the human was supposed to have to go with the opposable thumb????
>
> I have not had any more hair loss than was the norm since...
> I do find that my hair is dry at times but since I stopped using the wax in it that has changed...
>
> I really cannot claim any side effects other than the excessive thirst... but then I was always running around playing camel crossing desert even before the topomax....
> LOL
> kat

 

Re: Topamax,

Posted by kka on June 1, 2004, at 19:44:38

In reply to Re: Topamax, kka, posted by redscarlet on June 1, 2004, at 16:37:01

>

Thanks so much for your post! Did you lose any weight with the Zonegram???
KKA

I was on Topamax for close to two years and I had VERY, VERY bad hair loss during the whole time I took it. I was like you and took mega amounts of vitamins but that didn't help. I'm now on Zonegran and that is working great and NO hair loss. My hair is growing back in and I give it a little help by staying on the vitamins. The hair loss was the only bad side effect that I had from the Topamax.
> HTH
>

 

Re: Topamax, kka

Posted by redscarlet on June 1, 2004, at 20:12:15

In reply to Re: Topamax,, posted by kka on June 1, 2004, at 19:44:38

I haven't had any weight loss on the Zonegran but I'm 5'6" and weigh 105 so I really didn't have any weight to loss. I know that people do loss weight with the Zonegran much like the Topamax.
HTH... :-)

 

Re: Topamax, kka

Posted by headachequeen on June 1, 2004, at 22:07:50

In reply to Re: Topamax, headachequeen, posted by kka on June 1, 2004, at 19:42:48

> Okay, it looks like I have missed the mega doses of the Vitamin c! I am and was using a multi-vitamin and the pre-natal ones but maybe I'll try adding the mega dose of vitamin C...I really want to get back on it. Thanks so much for your help!!


the megadose means just that... as in LOTS and don't forget the E with zinc and the biotin... they all help to encourage the extra healthy scalp and hair...
but I am always so embarrassed when I think how much I work with my dogs to encourage healthy skin and coat... and never thought of any of it for myself...
of course, they also eat raw meaty bones and raw grated fruit and vegetables...not sure how far I want to go with this health stuff LOL
kat

 

Redirect: vitamins

Posted by Dr. Bob on June 1, 2004, at 23:13:14

In reply to Re: Topamax, kka, posted by headachequeen on June 1, 2004, at 22:07:50

> the megadose means just that...

Sorry to interrupt, but I'd like to redirect follow-ups regarding vitamins to Psycho-Babble Alternative. Here's a link:

http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/alter/20040418/msgs/352889.html

Thanks,

Bob

 

Re: Topamax, kka

Posted by sooshi on June 2, 2004, at 10:05:14

In reply to Re: Topamax,, posted by kka on June 1, 2004, at 19:44:38

I, too, took megadoses of vitamins for hair loss, which did no good at all....the only thing that worked was to stop the drug (which was Depakote for me).

I quit Topa because of the boatload of side effects when I found out about Zonegran, which I now take. No side effects at all, and am still losing weight...I'm actually losing it faster, because I feel so much BETTER that I can actually exercise!

 

Re: Topamax, sooshi

Posted by kka on June 2, 2004, at 10:21:31

In reply to Re: Topamax, kka, posted by sooshi on June 2, 2004, at 10:05:14

>

Thanks so much!! I am going to see if I can get on Zonegran...sounds great! I am very excited!


I, too, took megadoses of vitamins for hair loss, which did no good at all....the only thing that worked was to stop the drug (which was Depakote for me).
>
> I quit Topa because of the boatload of side effects when I found out about Zonegran, which I now take. No side effects at all, and am still losing weight...I'm actually losing it faster, because I feel so much BETTER that I can actually exercise!

 

Re: Topamax, kka

Posted by sooshi on June 2, 2004, at 20:53:06

In reply to Re: Topamax, sooshi, posted by kka on June 2, 2004, at 10:21:31

That's great! Good luck to you, and I hope you have as much success with Z as I have!

 

Re: Topamax,

Posted by dazed on June 3, 2004, at 16:16:08

In reply to Re: Topamax, kka, posted by redscarlet on June 1, 2004, at 16:37:01

Redscarlet--How many milligrams of Zonegran are you on now? (and how much topomax were you on?)

> I was on Topamax for close to two years and I had VERY, VERY bad hair loss during the whole time I took it. I was like you and took mega amounts of vitamins but that didn't help. I'm now on Zonegran and that is working great and NO hair loss. My hair is growing back in and I give it a little help by staying on the vitamins. The hair loss was the only bad side effect that I had from the Topamax.
> HTH
>

 

Re: Topamax, dazed

Posted by redscarlet on June 3, 2004, at 17:17:07

In reply to Re: Topamax,, posted by dazed on June 3, 2004, at 16:16:08

I'm on 200mg's of the Zonegran and I was on 200mg's of the Topamax.
HTH

 

Re: Topamax,

Posted by imlaurie on June 3, 2004, at 19:28:46

In reply to Re: Topamax,, posted by dazed on June 3, 2004, at 16:16:08

> Redscarlet--How many milligrams of Zonegran are you on now? (and how much topomax were you on?)
>
> > I was on Topamax for close to two years and I had VERY, VERY bad hair loss during the whole time I took it. I was like you and took mega amounts of vitamins but that didn't help. I'm now on Zonegran and that is working great and NO hair loss. My hair is growing back in and I give it a little help by staying on the vitamins. The hair loss was the only bad side effect that I had from the Topamax.
> > HTH
> >
> Hair loss was my only side effect also. At least that was the only one I was aware of :) I quit taking it a couple of weeks ago and am now only on the Zonegran, 100 mgs. daily. I have already gained 5 pounds (yuck) but on the flip side my hair loss has stopped, just like that!! I guess you just can't have it all.
Has anyone on Topamax had trouble with excessive dry skin? I was so busy worrying about my hair that I wasn't paying attention to my skin. Now I notice that my feet are not very nice to look at anymore, cracked heels, etc. Also just dry skin in general.
By the way I notice no side effects with the Zonegran at all and I have been on it for about a month now.
>

 

Re: Topamax, imlaurie

Posted by kka on June 3, 2004, at 22:30:45

In reply to Re: Topamax,, posted by imlaurie on June 3, 2004, at 19:28:46

imlaurie,
Did you have to tirate up on Zonegram just like Topamax...will you be increasing from what you are on now...maybe then you will lose the weight you put on from going off Topamax...


> > Redscarlet--How many milligrams of Zonegran are you on now? (and how much topomax were you on?)
> >
> > > I was on Topamax for close to two years and I had VERY, VERY bad hair loss during the whole time I took it. I was like you and took mega amounts of vitamins but that didn't help. I'm now on Zonegran and that is working great and NO hair loss. My hair is growing back in and I give it a little help by staying on the vitamins. The hair loss was the only bad side effect that I had from the Topamax.
> > > HTH
> > >
> > Hair loss was my only side effect also. At least that was the only one I was aware of :) I quit taking it a couple of weeks ago and am now only on the Zonegran, 100 mgs. daily. I have already gained 5 pounds (yuck) but on the flip side my hair loss has stopped, just like that!! I guess you just can't have it all.
> Has anyone on Topamax had trouble with excessive dry skin? I was so busy worrying about my hair that I wasn't paying attention to my skin. Now I notice that my feet are not very nice to look at anymore, cracked heels, etc. Also just dry skin in general.
> By the way I notice no side effects with the Zonegran at all and I have been on it for about a month now.
> >
>
>

 

Re: thanks headachequeen

Posted by stacylouisabeus on June 4, 2004, at 6:35:38

In reply to Re: thanks Kazzy, posted by headachequeen on May 31, 2004, at 21:28:43

omg I cannot believe you could stay married to a man that would verbally abuse you like that. That does more damage than than anything physical ever could. I would rather be beat physically than be ever spoken ill to. Neither is appropriate, but I feel I can protect myself better physically.

 

Re: Topamax,

Posted by imlaurie on June 4, 2004, at 9:07:00

In reply to Re: Topamax, imlaurie, posted by kka on June 3, 2004, at 22:30:45

No, this is the dose they started me on. They also had me on Topamax too when they started the Zonegran about a month ago. I quit the Topamax myself. When I go for my next appt. they may increase it when I let them know I am no longer taking Topamax.
Laurie
"Life May Not Be The Party We Hoped For But While We Are Here We Might As Well Dance" :)

 

Re: thanks stacylouisabeus

Posted by headachequeen on June 6, 2004, at 16:34:16

In reply to Re: thanks headachequeen, posted by stacylouisabeus on June 4, 2004, at 6:35:38

> omg I cannot believe you could stay married to a man that would verbally abuse you like that. That does more damage than than anything physical ever could. I would rather be beat physically than be ever spoken ill to. Neither is appropriate, but I feel I can protect myself better physically.


LOL he was not abusing me verbally at all...
he was making light of a situation that bothered him deeply...
rather than say that when he met me I was drastically underweight and had a frightfully low self esteem despite the fact or facts that I am and was then an extremely intelligent and talented young woman, not to overlook the attractive part, with a great deal to contribute, and a family of wealth and position that seemed to overlook the obvious and refuse to do anything to help.. he would joke about his reasons for becoming involved with me...
we are of Celtic background; those things that mean the most to us, those things that touch us most deeply we do not talk about openly other than with a joke... we do not wear our hearts on our sleeves so to speak...
I understant when says this...
what I do not understand is why he fed me so well that I gained all that weight!!!!
He is an incredible cook... sigh
and I have suffered the results of his talents in the kitchen...
cornsih game hens with shrimp and wild rice stuffing are not too bad but the majority of the dishes he comes up with are massively rich and fattening and they did not help when I began to put on weight...
now he does things with salmon and chicken that are wonderful...salmon with almonds and apricots that or walnuts and pears... and chicken breasts with pears.... it makes being thin something to yearn for <G>
he has been my greatest fan and my firmest critic over the years... never allowing me to put forth mediocre work but always standing there in support of my projects... but abusive? no not that...
I do thank you for caring though...
one of our shared projects has been to work with abused children and with abused parents; a fastening work and with abused women...
unreal...
kat

 

Re: Topamax, Zantac and hair down the drain!!

Posted by rockette on June 6, 2004, at 21:11:16

In reply to Re: Topamax, kka, posted by headachequeen on June 1, 2004, at 22:07:50

And just when I thought I had the Topamax dosage set (50mg am, 50 pm) keeping headaches at a minimum and hairloss stable...Doc adds Zantac to the mix for lousy GERD stomach problem (already taking Protonix) and whammo---more hair down the drain! Just took my shower and sad to say, handfuls came out. Now I'm depressed (isn't that what the Wellbrutrin is for?--actually I've heard that adds to hairloss, too) I'm really getting tired of the cures being worse than the disease..... Too many pills!! I think it may be time to stop them all and start all over again. (Of course after the first 3 day migraine I'll be begging for mercy!!)
Sorry for the "whining"--can deal with the stomach acting up again but the hairloss deal sends me over the top!!!

 

Re: Topamax, Zantac and hair down the drain!!

Posted by shadows721 on June 6, 2004, at 21:26:25

In reply to Re: Topamax, Zantac and hair down the drain!!, posted by rockette on June 6, 2004, at 21:11:16

Can you reduce the med a bit and still get the benefit? I am hoping there will be a dosage that will give you the benefit of having no migraine without the hair loss. I feel this is going to be a delicate fine tuning process.

 

Please Help Me - Really Scared

Posted by bruce_w6 on June 6, 2004, at 21:28:14

In reply to Re: Topamax, Zantac and hair down the drain!!, posted by rockette on June 6, 2004, at 21:11:16

I am on Lamictal (250 mg) & Lithium Ototatate (6x120). Bipolar II. I also take Gemifribazil & Niaspan for cholesterol ad triglycerides. My weight has crept up unmercifully fast. I started Topomax and went up at 25 mg a week to my currant dose of 150 mg. No side effects except for some forgetfulness. No weight loss yet. Pleases respond. When does the weight loss start? What can I do? I am really scared.

 

Re: Topamax, Zantac and hair down the drain!! (nm) rockette

Posted by headachequeen on June 7, 2004, at 16:23:59

In reply to Re: Topamax, Zantac and hair down the drain!!, posted by rockette on June 6, 2004, at 21:11:16

 

Re: Topamax to Zonegran TexasChic

Posted by kka on June 23, 2004, at 21:30:33

In reply to Re: Topamax to Zonegran, posted by TexasChic on November 19, 2003, at 11:07:18

>Texas Chic - How are you? Are you still on Zonegran for binge eating? How is it working? What dose are you on? I just started two weeks ago, Topamax made me lose too much hair. If you have time and are still on the boards I would love to hear how you (or anyone) is doing on this med.

Thans KKA

My doc switched me to Zonegran (for my binge eating) because of the problems I was having with the Topamax mainly the interference with birth control, cognitive problems, and tiredness. From what I can tell, its about the same thing as Topamax except its not supposed to have those particular side effects. I'll let yall know how it works out

 

Re: Topamax, Zantac and hair down the drain!! rockette

Posted by headachequeen on June 23, 2004, at 22:16:21

In reply to Re: Topamax, Zantac and hair down the drain!!, posted by rockette on June 6, 2004, at 21:11:16

> And just when I thought I had the Topamax dosage set (50mg am, 50 pm) keeping headaches at a minimum and hairloss stable...Doc adds Zantac to the mix for lousy GERD stomach problem (already taking Protonix) and whammo---more hair down the drain! Just took my shower and sad to say, handfuls came out. Now I'm depressed (isn't that what the Wellbrutrin is for?--actually I've heard that adds to hairloss, too) I'm really getting tired of the cures being worse than the disease..... Too many pills!! I think it may be time to stop them all and start all over again. (Of course after the first 3 day migraine I'll be begging for mercy!!)
> Sorry for the "whining"--can deal with the stomach acting up again but the hairloss deal sends me over the top!!!

I just found this post... and have to mention that there are meds that help with the side effects that attack the stomach... one that really helps is Serc (says she not sure what it is that affects your stomach... but I have an awful time with abdominal pain, stomach cramps, and nausea thanks to dear old Tegretol... and serc really does help... tried the domperden and it helped with the tingling in the hands but caused even worse stomach cramps and abdominal pain and threw in diarrhoea which I do not need... have been off it for almost two weeks and still trying to rid myself of the side effects that accompany it...
apparently it takes up to three months to get some of these things out of the system...
oh joy!!!)

The Serc really helps though...

and I have found that there is a shampoo that helps with hair loss threats but I forget the name... will ask my hair stylist, she is the one who mentioned it...

it may help some of you...

and shampooing less frequently may help too ... we have become a society of daily shampooers ... something that was not the norm even thirty years ago...

there has to be a solution here...

kat

 

Re: Topamax, Zantac and hair down the drain!! headachequeen

Posted by redscarlet on June 23, 2004, at 22:37:20

In reply to Re: Topamax, Zantac and hair down the drain!! rockette, posted by headachequeen on June 23, 2004, at 22:16:21

The shampoo your talking about I think is Nioxin's Bionutrient.
HTH... :-)

 

Re: Topamax to Zonegran

Posted by SLS on June 24, 2004, at 10:37:56

In reply to Re: Topamax to Zonegran TexasChic, posted by kka on June 23, 2004, at 21:30:33

> My doc switched me to Zonegran (for my binge eating) because of the problems I was having with the Topamax mainly the interference with birth control, cognitive problems, and tiredness. From what I can tell, its about the same thing as Topamax except its not supposed to have those particular side effects. I'll let yall know how it works out

I found Zonegran to be a very clean drug as far as side-effects are concerned. It did reduce my appetite significantly.

Good luck with it.


- Scott

 

Re: Topamax, Zantac and hair down the drain!! redscarlet

Posted by headachequeen on June 24, 2004, at 13:10:35

In reply to Re: Topamax, Zantac and hair down the drain!! headachequeen, posted by redscarlet on June 23, 2004, at 22:37:20

> The shampoo your talking about I think is Nioxin's Bionutrient.
> HTH... :-)

Hi again... no this is one put out by one of the professional hair care companies ... my favourite stylist (who keeps an eye on the possible fallout problem for me) told me about it but says that I don't need it.. there is also a conditioner and she says that she has found it to be very successful for clients with hair loss problems related to other medications and health conditions...
shall ask for the name of it when I see her ...
kat

 

Re: Topamax, Zantac and hair down the drain!! headachequeen

Posted by redscarlet on June 24, 2004, at 13:30:16

In reply to Re: Topamax, Zantac and hair down the drain!! redscarlet, posted by headachequeen on June 24, 2004, at 13:10:35

Kat ~ Please let me know the name of the product once you get it because Nioxin is the only professional hair care line that I know of that is for hair loss so I would like very much to see what else is out there for this problem. I lost a LOT of hair while on Topamax (on Zonegran now).
Thanks... :-)


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