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Re: Topomax Weightloss

Posted by challenged on April 14, 2006, at 21:48:16

In reply to Re: Topomax Weightloss, posted by Aleese on April 14, 2006, at 21:05:29

> > > Does anyone have any idea why Topomax would work as a appetite decrease for some and NOT others??
> >
> > Aleese,
> >
> > I have the same question.......It seems to not decrease my appetite either......I would like to know also.......How many milligramns are you taking?
> >
> > Nettie
>
> I am taking 50 mgs.

Aleese;

Gosh, I am on 200 daily on my up to my normal 250 if not 300 this time around..... so I just started back on them after being off for a month.......hmmm I don't know.......waiting to hear from others as well...not really taking them for weight control but then again staying away from other meds that indeed contribute to weight gain, on the other hand, which aren't good for me.

Nettie

 

Re:IMPORTANT SandyWeb

Posted by storm rider on April 14, 2006, at 22:40:40

In reply to Re:IMPORTANT storm rider, posted by SandyWeb on April 14, 2006, at 17:25:58

> Oh gosh, I know what you mean about not knowing how to turn the brain off at bedtime. I actually had to train my brain to accept the Seroquel because that didn't even want to work.
>
> It's funny that you mentioned Immovane. They would rather prescribe this because it's non-addictive......although more expensive to produce then the benzos. Anyways, it is just a piece of junk to me. Really! It does absolutely nothing. Not even the metal mouth everyone talks about.
>
> I even upped the dose real high (since I seem to need high doses, so why would it be any different with this med, right?). NOTHING!! I swear the pharmacists all play games with me and say....let's pretend to give her a sleeping pill, but really we'll just give her an aspirin. Pathetic. The pdoc I was seeing at the time practically called me a liar to my face, and that was the last time I saw her. Absolutely no affect whatsoever. Maybe if I downed the whole dang bottle??????
>
> My daughter, unfortunately, seems to have her mum's whacked-out body chemistry too, and she was having a hard time sleeping one night....so I gave her one. Nothing. Gave her another one a little later. Nothing. Like mother, like daughter. But my son is the opposite. I almost feel sorry for her. She's probably going to be fighting with doctors all her life if she finds herself in need of medical attention. "Oh no, honey, we can't give you any more pain relief. You're at the max." Yeah, for the NORM!! Don't they remember from med school that a small amount of people don't get relief until OVER that dosage....the same as a small amount get relief UNDER that dosage??
>
> I would be so happy to have a pill that KEPT me asleep. I don't have problems falling asleep.....it's staying asleep. You never know when hubby might decide to come back and do a bit of strangling here and a bit of suffocating there and all the other love tokens he liked to bestow on me. So...I'm always listening. And bad news now.....Since March 26th.......we don't know where he is. He used to be 5000 miles away from us. Now....he got fired, he moved, and.....
>
> Well, anyways, yeah, sleep is a good thing. I hope you have sweet dreams tonight.
>
> Take care!
>
> Sandy


sometimes, around 1230 or so, I can fall asleep... that is not a problem...
but at two o'clock I wake up... and that is it for the night...
then somewhere between 0530 and 0700 I fall back to sleep... when the rest of the world is starting the day... if I take two of the immovane then I am able to sleep... as long as there are no noises...
no one closes a door on the street or starts a car or or or...

and as long as I have no thoughts running...
I have always been a night owl... do my best work at night, but there are times when I really would like to sleep...
just can't convince my brain that it wants to shut down, and then there is that fear of seizure business ... it does not help to be afraid to sleep because one has no control over what happens when one is asleep...
and of course I have my own set of fears, akin in a way to yours... although my threat is not my husband, he is one of the things in life that keeps me sane <s>

I have big dogs, one reason being that I love the breed, and love working with them, another being that they are a power breed and a protection breed...
they are here for a purpose...
and still I don't sleep...

so I do my research and work on shows -- and the program director for the radio network is ecstatic as the programs reach him weeks and weeks ahead of schedult LOL -- writing and producing them (today I am working on one that will run in July says she with a smug smirk plastered all over her face...
wherever I go, even to the tv studios, one or two of my dogs will be tight on my heels...

but the immovane is not addictive the way that other sleep med/tranquiliser is... and I still can't remember the name..

the directions are to take as needed...
one, two or three a night...

they do help.... although I still waken around two it is a little easier to go back to sleep...

kat

 

Re: Bye Bye, Topamax challenged

Posted by storm rider on April 14, 2006, at 22:45:31

In reply to Re: Bye Bye, Topamax, posted by challenged on April 14, 2006, at 1:44:39


all the help you provide for your unselfish, tiredless, efforts you provide us all here on this board. You are a wonderful person....Nettie
> >
>
>

No, Nettie, I am simply me... somewhat obsessive, totally impulsive and totally resentful when people are not treated with proper understanding and compassion...
I have been on a crusade of late trying to make people in various levels of power accept responsibility for our working poor and elderly who are unable to maintain their homes and lifestyles...
heat their homes and provide for themselves at the same time ---
and now a new problem is pointed out...
Sandy I am sure, is not alone...
if I can find a way to help her, to make someone show me a bit of light at the end of that tunnel, then maybe I can help others...
and when I find a windmill I have to attack it head on..
it all comes from having to read Don Quixote in high school when my French teacher didn't know what to do with this francophone student foisted upon him lol
but thank you for your kindness...
kat

 

Re: Topomax Weightloss challenged

Posted by storm rider on April 14, 2006, at 22:49:50

In reply to Re: Topomax Weightloss, posted by challenged on April 14, 2006, at 20:57:23

> > Does anyone have any idea why Topomax would work as a appetite decrease for some and NOT others??
>
> Aleese,
>
> I have the same question.......It seems to not decrease my appetite either......I would like to know also.......How many milligramns are you taking?
>
> Nettie

Once again, I think it depends a great deal on how it is taken... working up to the dosage slowly, starting in the evening until the half dose is reached then starting in the mornings until the total is reached...

starting in large amounts is not going to work and I don't understand why I just know it doesn't....

no great explanation, just experience and others' experiences and what I learned at the clinics...
kat

 

Re: Topomax Weightloss

Posted by Aleese on April 14, 2006, at 23:01:49

In reply to Re: Topomax Weightloss challenged, posted by storm rider on April 14, 2006, at 22:49:50

> > > Does anyone have any idea why Topomax would work as a appetite decrease for some and NOT others??
> >
> > Aleese,
> >
> > I have the same question.......It seems to not decrease my appetite either......I would like to know also.......How many milligramns are you taking?
> >
> > Nettie
>
> Once again, I think it depends a great deal on how it is taken... working up to the dosage slowly, starting in the evening until the half dose is reached then starting in the mornings until the total is reached...
>
> starting in large amounts is not going to work and I don't understand why I just know it doesn't....
>
> no great explanation, just experience and others' experiences and what I learned at the clinics...
> kat
>
> Its not any of that because I know of 3 different people who started loosing at 50 mgs....my question is why does it work that way for some and not others because I am on 5 mgs as well!!???

 

Re:IMPORTANT (You are getting sleepy...NOT)(Kat) storm rider

Posted by SandyWeb on April 15, 2006, at 9:12:48

In reply to Re:IMPORTANT SandyWeb, posted by storm rider on April 14, 2006, at 22:40:40

Kat wrote:

"but the immovane is not addictive the way that other sleep med/tranquiliser is... and I still can't remember the name"

Zopiclone!!!! Zopiclone!!!!

I knew if we thought about it enough, the ole grey matter would come through for us! Lol. Anyways, in MY experience (and my daughter's)....and not putting words in ANYBODY ELSE'S MOUTH.....I found this med to be just a spec of dirt they found on the floor and decided to fuse together and pretend it was a sleeping pill. Lol. Truly, it had absolutely NO EFFECT on either my daughter or myself....but the medical profession just doesn't seem to want to believe that. I guess they think I'm trying to get the GOOD DOPE instead. That's ridiculous. If a ball of lint would knock me out for a night of restful sleep, I'd choke and gag that dang thing down my throat every night! LOL!

As they say, everyone's body chemistry is different. I just wish that when a patient tells a doctor that a particular med doesn't have any effect at this dose or this dose or even this dose.....that the doc would believe you. Aren't we supposed to be working as a team? When did the patient become the rouble-rouser? *smile*

You know, I really should take a look through my file next time I'm in his office. Although that may do more bad than good. If I see all these descriptions of me that are so off-base, I'm going to feel so ineffective in my ability to TRY and explain myself to him.

And do you know that they don't really even read all those reports? When I was in the hospital due to a suicide attempt, I had to make an appointment with my regular doctor when I got out to get the stitches out. So I go to the doc's....and they wonder why I'm there this time. I asked if any paperwork had come in from the hospital. And she (left her for another doctor after this episode) said that so many reports were always coming in on me (during the time that some un-named pdoc we all know was having the cops visit me all hours of the day and night)...and no...she hadn't read the report. What did it say? Well, I just turned my wrist over and said that I needed to get my stitches out. So she takes me to the nurses office, doesn't even tell her WHERE the stitches are, and just says that I need stitches out. So the nurse sets up her tray, all happy and chatty, getting prepared to remove my stitches from a sports injury or something....and then I have to turn my wrist over again. Slight pause.....but she handled it well. And she actually treated me quite kindly. I was impressed. I think she's in the right profession.

So, later I'm back for follow-up with the pdoc and team at the hospital and I tell them that my doc didn't even read the hospital report and didn't know that I needed my stitches out. They all looked around at each other, and boy...the different emotions....anger, shock, disgust, disbelieve. The pdoc said that he had typed up 10 pages on my stay in the Crisis Unit....and my friendly neighborhood doc couldn't even be bothered to read it because so many papers were always coming in on me anyways. Whatever happened to ethics in medicine?

I also mentioned that she wouldn't write me a prescription for the Seroquel that the pdoc was giving me for sleep. I asked if he could do that for me. Of course he could. She was just a jerk. I think she was just as glad to get rid of me as I was to get rid of her. Not a very classy lady. I honestly don't know why some people go into medicine. I mean, there will be the patient from time to time who doesn't quite fit the mold....and the doc may have to do some research and try to figure out why something isn't working and what might possibly work. But she just couldn't be bothered. As you can tell.....I AM SO GLAD TO BE RID OF HER!!!!!

Okay, so Kat......ZOPICLONE!! Lol!!!!!! How do we ever get off onto these rambles?? Hey, and it's 2.5 days of cold-turkey on Topamax and Remeron. Still feeling good. Give me a few more days, though, once the half-lives are dropping.....then the little men in their long green coats might be coming to take me away! Ha ha!

(((Kat)))

Sandy

 

Re:IMPORTANT (You are getting sleepy...NOT)(Kat) SandyWeb

Posted by storm rider on April 15, 2006, at 13:30:14

In reply to Re:IMPORTANT (You are getting sleepy...NOT)(Kat) storm rider, posted by SandyWeb on April 15, 2006, at 9:12:48

As for reading charts... the neurologist I see is supposed to be the top of the heap as far as epilepsy is concerned in this neck of the woods...
it was the first one who put me on topomax and he knows about it because he is actually a headache specialist...
what a weird circle of events it took to get me onto topomax... sent to the wrong neurologist in the first place LOL

at any rate, every appointment, the neuro asks about the last appointments... can't be bothered taking a second to refresh his memory by checking my file...
then he asks about the recent statis episodes, has my husband tell him what happened each time...
I do not have to hear it again and my husband does not have to relive it again... and again and again...
Does he not realise that it is hard on the man to review these things...
and stress undoes the benefit of the topomax...
starts the seizure activity all over sigh...

By the way, does anyone else wear medicalert bracelet or medallion ... you know, the thing that tells paramedics and er personnel that you have a particular medical condition or are on a particular mediction???

As I am violently allergic to codeine and to penicillin and because of the epilepsy and 'asthma'-like condition, I wear a bracelet...
but I have never known anyone to pay any attention to it...

the last time the ambulance had to be called, I came to just as the firemen were coming into the living room with oxygen...
one of them checked my pulse and blood pressure...
ignored the bracelet...

the paramedics arrived and one started an iv while the other checked my pulse and blood pressure...
neither looked at the bracelet...

got to er... someone added something to the iv
checked my pulse and blood pressure and did all sorts of things
at no time did anyone look at my bracelet to find out if I had any condition that might need to be considered or any allergy to medication...

so why did I bother with all that money to register and maintain my registration??????

go figure...
kat

 

Re: Topomax Weightloss

Posted by Aleese on April 18, 2006, at 12:48:24

In reply to Re: Topomax Weightloss, posted by Aleese on April 14, 2006, at 21:05:29

Does Dr.Bob know why this may be a problem in some people and not others?

 

Re: Topomax Weightloss

Posted by challenged on April 18, 2006, at 19:46:37

In reply to Re: Topomax Weightloss, posted by Aleese on April 18, 2006, at 12:48:24

> Does Dr.Bob know why this may be a problem in some people and not others?

Let"s ask him........Also I had worked my way up from 25 mill a day before and I had the same problem so I am not sure that my restarting at a high dosage is the determining factor for myself as to the lack of weightloss or loss of hunger like others have experienced and it just not being the case for me at a 200 milligram daily dosage sooooooo......I just need some answers as well Aleese.......<big sigh> It really is frusterating......Nettie

 

side effects of tegretol

Posted by Asana on July 14, 2006, at 14:35:12

In reply to Re: Kat and everyone ed_uk, posted by headachequeen on June 17, 2005, at 21:23:39

I am wondering if people can tell me anything about the side effects of Tegretol. I am especially interested in it's effect on thinking and cognition, the ability to articulate, and also creativity, as I am a writer. I'm on Lamictal and some seroquel for anxiety, and they help me sleep, but I can't tell how much they're affecting the above. I've been on stuff that was really bad for those things, like lithium and depakote, and never want to go back.

 

Re: side effects of tegretol Asana

Posted by storm rider on July 15, 2006, at 12:18:13

In reply to side effects of tegretol, posted by Asana on July 14, 2006, at 14:35:12

> I am wondering if people can tell me anything about the side effects of Tegretol. I am especially interested in it's effect on thinking and cognition, the ability to articulate, and also creativity, as I am a writer. I'm on Lamictal and some seroquel for anxiety, and they help me sleep, but I can't tell how much they're affecting the above. I've been on stuff that was really bad for those things, like lithium and depakote, and never want to go back.

Hi Asana,
For a writer, effects of any med on cognitive skills are a serious concern. Believe me, when I say that I understand, as I am a writer as well...
if I am not able to put my thoughts in order, then I am not able to survive, and that means more than just a pay cheque for me.
Being able to express myself is an art form. Imagine an artist suddenly unable to express herself on canvas, take away my ability to create with words and that would be moi...

I am presently producing a two-hour radio show that is syndicated and has to be ready to go each week without fail. The show is a dialogue between me and the listener, based on a theme which I choose and develop, with music as well as the dialogue. The topics vary according to my mood and are generally satirical; each show takes between six and eight hours to write and produce. This is in addition to a second two-hour show I produce for the same people, but it is a no-brainer really, nostalgic and fuzzy music and memory style.
At the moment my television show is in hiatus; we start back to serious work in October. That is not as much work, simply research and then an hour discussion with the guests for the week and any callers who may decide to join the debate.
In my spare time I write for publication.

In other words, I have found no problems with cognitive skills and I am taking 800 mg of Topomax daily, the maximum dosage that has been found to be of therapeutic value, although it has been found that up to 1200 mg is apparently safe to take.
I have to say that I wonder why anyone would be prescribed so high a dose when it is of no therapeutic value. (I am interested in any logical answers of course.)

Topomax is the only med that works for me in controlling epileptic seizures and migraines, both of which I have learned from reading and research are somewhat related in that they are considered to be electrical shorts in the brain's 'wiring'.

If it is any help to you, I have been taking Topomax since January of 2003 and have not suffered from any side effects other than the time I had a glass or two of wine with dinner. Topomax and alcohol do not do well together.

My hair has not fallen out and according to all the blood tests and so on, my liver and kidneys are doing just fine.
My physician does monitor the process to be sure that there are no ill effects as I have had severe side effects from another medication that was prescribed for the seizures, one that actually increased the seizure activity and has seriously affected my vision -- and did great damage to my hair (one of my pride issues lol).

Hope this helps
kat

 

Re: topomax (for everyone chatting 6-24) Snoozy

Posted by khfreibe on December 19, 2006, at 10:19:38

In reply to Re: topomax (for everyone chatting 6-24) Snoozy jgoree, posted by Podwoman on July 11, 2003, at 0:02:35

Podwoman,

I read your post about how your son asked you why you were being so nice... what are you taking now and is it having the same effect? Why did they take you off instead of just giving you a smaller dosage? How much weight did you lose on topamax?


> Sorry to hear about your daughter. I recently was taken off Topamax (monday) due to extreme allergic reaction (rash covering 1/2 my body) after bing on 600mg daily.
>
> This is a tricky drug. I this is is being touted as the (relatively) new great thing on the market but it has some side effects that are more severe than maybe previously known to some people. Don't back down with your convictions!
>
> Good luck with everything--My prayers are with you.
>
> --Podwoman

 

Re: topomax (for everyone chatting 6-24) Snoozy khfreibe

Posted by stormrider on December 19, 2006, at 20:34:38

In reply to Re: topomax (for everyone chatting 6-24) Snoozy, posted by khfreibe on December 19, 2006, at 10:19:38

I have been on Topomax now since January of 2003 with no side effects. At first it was a secondary med in conjunction with Tegritol which was causing enormous side effects. I have since stopped using tegritol with amazing improvements although the damage it has caused is irreversible.

I have stated in this forum repeatedly that it is vital to start slowly and titre up slowly with Topomax to allow your system to adjust to the medication and to avoid side effects.

While it was prescribed for epilepsy and migraine, I also lost over one hundred pounds that I had gained because of side effects of medications...
at the present time I wear a size two... amazing really

still no side effects unless one considers the fact that I am almost seizure free and have not had a migraine in almost four years...
freedom indeed

kat
> Podwoman,
>
> I read your post about how your son asked you why you were being so nice... what are you taking now and is it having the same effect? Why did they take you off instead of just giving you a smaller dosage? How much weight did you lose on topamax?
>
>
> > Sorry to hear about your daughter. I recently was taken off Topamax (monday) due to extreme allergic reaction (rash covering 1/2 my body) after bing on 600mg daily.
> >
> > This is a tricky drug. I this is is being touted as the (relatively) new great thing on the market but it has some side effects that are more severe than maybe previously known to some people. Don't back down with your convictions!
> >
> > Good luck with everything--My prayers are with you.
> >
> > --Podwoman
>
>

 

Re: topomax nancy

Posted by saturn on June 18, 2007, at 21:09:01

In reply to Re: topomax, posted by nancy on April 21, 1999, at 12:00:06

> Actually, pills do change feeling, thoughts, desires...and some of them do disrupt one's physiology significantly causing weight gain or loss.
>
> When I took Topomax, I was replused by just the thought of food. Also, I could only tolerate water to quench my thirst...well, ok, I could drink coffee. But any other type of liquid had a disgusting flavor.
>
> I have been taking Seroquel instead of Topomax, recently, to satisfy my pdoc curiosity about my potential response to these completely different mood stabilizers.
>
> I'm going to get back on the Topomax and DROP the Seroquel. Topomax is an AED, whereas, Seroquel is an atypical antipsychotic

What's an AED?

 

Re: topomax

Posted by storm rider on June 19, 2007, at 22:45:49

In reply to Re: topomax nancy, posted by saturn on June 18, 2007, at 21:09:01

> >
> > I'm going to get back on the Topomax and DROP the Seroquel. Topomax is an AED, whereas, Seroquel is an atypical antipsychotic
>
> What's an AED?

An AED is an anti epileptic drug...
originally Topomax (Topirimate) was intended and is primarily prescribed to control epilepsy.
It was discovered that it had side effects:
controlled migraines and caused weight loss or aided in weight loss...

I have a rare form of epilepsy for which I was prescribed another AED, because I suffered from migraines, my neurologist who specialises in treating headaches, prescribed topiramate (Topomax) as a secondary med.

I have not had a migraine in over four years now.

The med to which he had switched me for epilepsy control caused severe side effects including kidney damage and visual problems. As my husband had read about the severe problems caused by the drug, I quit using it, relying solely on Topomax with amazing results.

The other med had intensified seizure activity and increased the incidence of the seizure activity.. sometimes I had two or three in one night and they were longer and stronger, as opposed to perhaps one a month, sometimes months between seizures before.

This was a known effect of that drug, while Topomax does not do this...

It does cause dry mouth and needs to be taken slowly when one starts it. It will cause most people to lose interest in food and cause foods to taste different, especially junk food I found lol

but it helps in weight loss for many -- not all --
people

kat

 

Re: Topomax Weightloss

Posted by Wolf Lady on December 15, 2007, at 21:05:13

In reply to Re: Topomax Weightloss, posted by challenged on April 18, 2006, at 19:46:37

I am bipolar (hypomanic) and took Celexa and Depakote (I found Neurontin to be a worthless mood stabilizer). I gained 50 pounds in a year on Depakote, and that only made my depression worse. I also have migraines, so my doctor switched me from Depakote to Topomax and added Cymbalta. Now I feel great, and I have lost all the weight I gained--it took about 7 months. I feel better than I ever have. The weight loss was just a welcome side effect of the Topomax. We never even discussed using it as a weight-loss drug. I also think going off the Depakote contributed to the weight loss.

 

Re: Topomax Weightloss

Posted by challenged on December 15, 2007, at 23:46:26

In reply to Re: Topomax Weightloss, posted by Wolf Lady on December 15, 2007, at 21:05:13

> I am bipolar (hypomanic) and took Celexa and Depakote (I found Neurontin to be a worthless mood stabilizer). I gained 50 pounds in a year on Depakote, and that only made my depression worse. I also have migraines, so my doctor switched me from Depakote to Topomax and added Cymbalta. Now I feel great, and I have lost all the weight I gained--it took about 7 months. I feel better than I ever have. The weight loss was just a welcome side effect of the Topomax. We never even discussed using it as a weight-loss drug. I also think going off the Depakote contributed to the weight loss.

Hi

Read your post It has been sometime since I have received a message and have been on Topomax 400 mg a day now for quite a while. Started at 25 mg daily and slowly incrreased. My weight was at a high of 165 I am now at 129. I work out regularly as well but when I was on prozac and lexapros and I can go on and on I was just feeling terrible and more depressed more because of he weight gain. Had no energy to even go anywhere and the migranes were terrible. Yes the topomax is all I take and it has helped me tremendously to start feeling myself again. I am really glad that you are feeling better and hope it continues to be a helpful drug for you. It has helped me.

Nettie

 

Re: Topomax Weightloss challenged

Posted by storm rider on December 16, 2007, at 15:11:16

In reply to Re: Topomax Weightloss, posted by challenged on December 15, 2007, at 23:46:26

Salut!
It has been a while since I received posts from Psycho-Babble... and two in short order :)
Topomax is a wonderful med as long as it is taken with care. Be sure and drink lots of water with it, and be double sure you take half the dose in the morning and half in the evening...
actually if memory serves, start out at the initial dose a low amount, building up to half the intended maximum and then add the lowest amount in the morning and build up again to half the total in the mornings...
so you are now on the full dose.. half at night and half in the morning...

I have been taking it for almost five years with no side effects other than dry mouth in the early days... lots of water helped there ...
it controls my epilepsy symptoms marvellously.. as a side effect it has knocked out my migraines ...
the only migraines I have had since I started taking it in January 2003 have occurred when a specialist tried changing another med . Interestingly enough, it was decided I no longer need that med (blood pressure) and I have had three minor migraines in the month since I dropped it...
have to get that solved in a hurry!!!
Because of medication problems I had gained a great deal of weight. Thanks to topomax other side effect, I lost the excess weight over a period of time and have held the weight off...
at the moment I am holding at 124 and have been between 120 and 124 for the past three years.
My ideal weight would be around 135- 140 but thanks to the medication 'problem' kidney damage occurred and it is now hard for me to gain weight. I have been down to 105 a couple of times. That had nought to do with the topomax though.

I take 600 mg daily of Topomax ... up to 800 mg a day has therapeutic value although one doctor told me it is safe up to 1500 mg a day...
if it has no therapeutic value than why would one take that much?????
enquiring minds want to know lol

kat

> Hi
>
> Read your post It has been sometime since I have received a message and have been on Topomax 400 mg a day now for quite a while. Started at 25 mg daily and slowly incrreased. My weight was at a high of 165 I am now at 129. I work out regularly as well but when I was on prozac and lexapros and I can go on and on I was just feeling terrible and more depressed more because of he weight gain. Had no energy to even go anywhere and the migranes were terrible. Yes the topomax is all I take and it has helped me tremendously to start feeling myself again. I am really glad that you are feeling better and hope it continues to be a helpful drug for you. It has helped me.
>
> Nettie
>
>

 

Re: Topomax Weightloss

Posted by challenged on December 17, 2007, at 16:17:46

In reply to Re: Topomax Weightloss challenged, posted by storm rider on December 16, 2007, at 15:11:16

HI there Kitty Kat.... i just love to hear from you........Yes it has been a long long time. I have to tell you sight unseen what a wonderful mentor you have been through my questionable years hear on this board................and for anyone reading this LISTEN to this lady because I did and it not only eased my mind but everything that she said did in fact come to pass ,for me that is, with Topomax usage and i must have asked you unsurmountable amounts of questions. But you being as thoughtfully gracious and careful in your wording guided me thrugh some of my hardest decision making because after all it comes down to one thing. Do we as the patient know about what we are taking and how we are really feelingafter taking it. I monitored myself. You have to. everyone is different.these are not pain killers or antibiotics. I used some drugs that were just not RIGHT for me and was going in circles getting worse. Kat you helped me know this when I didn't. i asked questions and you answered them by asking me more questions that i could ask myself because you are also a patient. love it --- got a love it--I am the one that said to my DR. 100mg of Topomax is just not cutting it 200mg won't cut trust me 400 I know I can handle and need........ and guess what ? i did need........I am on it ready to take an increase and why because i knew from this Lady the stormrider so take a ride through a storm only to see the sun at the end because you will purr like a kitty cat because it will have been because KAT WILL HAVE HAD YOUR BACK! MERRY CHRISTMAS MY ONLINE PHYSCHO BABBLE FRIEND SUGAR BEAR

NETTIE VENTURA

 

Re: Topomax Weightloss storm rider

Posted by rskontos on December 17, 2007, at 18:40:25

In reply to Re: Topomax Weightloss challenged, posted by storm rider on December 16, 2007, at 15:11:16

Kat, it hasn't affected your short term memory. I can't tell if mine is from my diagnosis or the topamax. My doc, but this is the neuro wants me on 200 mg. but I get really stupid at that dosage. I haven't stayed there a long time. Will it get better if I try it again? I have been on it for over 3 years but she wanted me to increase it. Now the current diagnosis I have can affect short/long term memory too. So maybe I blamed it on the wrong thing. How is your memory at the levels you are on..... Thanks for information
rsk

 

Re: Topomax Weightloss challenged

Posted by storm rider on December 17, 2007, at 18:58:17

In reply to Re: Topomax Weightloss, posted by challenged on December 17, 2007, at 16:17:46

Oh Nettie,
MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS
I am so very happy to know that you are doing well...
I often wonder about the people I have met here and wonder how they are doing...
We all want things to work at once RIGHT THIS MINUTE and when the magic pill doesn't do the trick right away we are discouraged, disenchanted...
or we take too much right away thinking if 25 mg is the starting dosage, then if I take 75 mg.... well it will kick start the effect...

and that is not the way to go with ANY med, especially not this one.

It is vital to work up in two week increments to the half dose then start again in two week increments to the rest... and to let the body adjust in the evening... someone correct me here if I have it wrong (it has been a long time lol)
and NOT to start with some in the morning and some at night....
do it that way and you are going to be ill and nauseous... take me word for it...
been there done that and didn't read the destructions...
they gave me a pamphlet telling me how to start and I didn't read it carefully...
when I started over, working up to half the total all at the same time, it worked...

and I cannot stress enough the water... lots of it...
I am suffering severe kidney damage because of another drug that was inappropriately prescribed...
so drink that water folks.. protect your kidneys...

aside from that, Topomax does make you thirsty... perhaps a built-in safety feature???


and as always, if I can help, well, mes amis,just ask and I shall try...

Merry Christmas...
from the land of deep deep snow

Kat

> HI there Kitty Kat.... i just love to hear from you........Yes it has been a long long time. I have to tell you sight unseen what a wonderful mentor you have been through my questionable years hear on this board................and for anyone reading this LISTEN to this lady because I did and it not only eased my mind but everything that she said did in fact come to pass ,for me that is, with Topomax usage and i must have asked you unsurmountable amounts of questions. But you being as thoughtfully gracious and careful in your wording guided me thrugh some of my hardest decision making because after all it comes down to one thing. Do we as the patient know about what we are taking and how we are really feelingafter taking it. I monitored myself. You have to. everyone is different.these are not pain killers or antibiotics. I used some drugs that were just not RIGHT for me and was going in circles getting worse. Kat you helped me know this when I didn't. i asked questions and you answered them by asking me more questions that i could ask myself because you are also a patient. love it --- got a love it--I am the one that said to my DR. 100mg of Topomax is just not cutting it 200mg won't cut trust me 400 I know I can handle and need........ and guess what ? i did need........I am on it ready to take an increase and why because i knew from this Lady the stormrider so take a ride through a storm only to see the sun at the end because you will purr like a kitty cat because it will have been because KAT WILL HAVE HAD YOUR BACK! MERRY CHRISTMAS MY ONLINE PHYSCHO BABBLE FRIEND SUGAR BEAR
>
> NETTIE VENTURA

 

Re: Topomax Weightloss rskontos

Posted by storm rider on December 17, 2007, at 19:51:44

In reply to Re: Topomax Weightloss storm rider, posted by rskontos on December 17, 2007, at 18:40:25

It has not affected my memory. If it did, I would be in deep trouble and have to find another med for the seizure control as my work requires memory for the actual work part and for the part away from work. (Every listener who has ever attended a function I have emceed or been the moderator, expects me to recognise and remember ... instantly). My p/a is good at running interference for me and has a great way of reminding me of people and faces, but I have to remember the place and incidents and so on.
As the one radio show I do is linked to history I have to be able to converse in public about the topics I sue without crib notes - so far my memory has not failed me.
I rather think that I can safely say there is no memory effect from Topomax.
Again... and I know I sound like the proverbial stuck record (anyone here remember those things? lol) but it is vital to move the dosage up in small increments and do it slowly...

Suddenly potting up from 100 mg to 200 mg will have side effects... and taking the med only once a day will cause side effects....

it is imperative that the medication be divided - half evening and half morning...

equally vital to start taking the first half in the evening... working up to it... then starting the morning dose slowly...

and increased dosage has to be added the same way...

going up by another hundred or two hundred mg? then divide the dose in half and work up to the first half, then add the second half in the mornings...

I was fortunate in that my neurologist was one of the doctors involved in the testing of it...
he is also one of the leading people in epilepsy in this area... altho he does like to use one as a lab rat so I have to watch him at times...

I may have a rare form of Epilepsy, but I am not a lab rat... and do not wish to be one LOL

just be sure to up the dosage slowly over at least a two week period before adding any more and the side effect risk is minimalised....
if your body is not adjusted then take three weeks...

listen to your body... give it time to accommodate the changes....

it knows...
Joyeux Noel

kat

> Kat, it hasn't affected your short term memory. I can't tell if mine is from my diagnosis or the topamax. My doc, but this is the neuro wants me on 200 mg. but I get really stupid at that dosage. I haven't stayed there a long time. Will it get better if I try it again? I have been on it for over 3 years but she wanted me to increase it. Now the current diagnosis I have can affect short/long term memory too. So maybe I blamed it on the wrong thing. How is your memory at the levels you are on..... Thanks for information
> rsk

 

Re: Topomax Weightloss,thanks so much!!!!!!!! (nm) storm rider

Posted by rskontos on December 18, 2007, at 18:03:03

In reply to Re: Topomax Weightloss rskontos, posted by storm rider on December 17, 2007, at 19:51:44

 

Re: a cautionary tale (nm)

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Re: welcome mainecoonmom

Posted by Dr. Bob on November 11, 2010, at 18:55:59

In reply to Re: a cautionary tale (nm), posted by mainecoonmom on November 5, 2010, at 17:39:25

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