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Kramer: Overmedicated? Topamax? Is this forever?

Posted by DedeD on April 3, 2002, at 20:08:18

Dear Dr. kramer,
Thank you in advance for reading my post. I have been diagnosed as BiPolar for about a year. My ARNP has finally settled on my course of medication. I am taking Prozac (anti depressant), Lithium (mood stabilizer), Seroquel (for sleep), Valium (for anxiety, although I rarely take that), and now I've requested Topamax because I've heard that it reduces the weight I put on (54 lbs) with the Depakote I was taking previously. Also my hair had fallen out with the Depakote, not a pretty sight. I really want the topamax because I can't stand myself after the weight gain and hair loss. I go to college now, something I wasn't able to do before my medication. You don't know what it's like to be 40 and go to school with those perfect, flat bellied 18 year olds. I notice that as it is, I have to try extra hard to focus in order to get my schoolwork done. Surprisingly I pull A's and B's, but it's hard work. Will the Topamax make this even harder? Am I overmedicated as it is? Will my diagnosis keep me on medication forever? Please advise.




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