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Topimax Livin Dead Girl Due May 15; 2 kids; Tyrone, Georgia 1766 posts
19th Apr '13

Has anyone taken it before? The pharmacist told me that it would make me it might make me dizzy, sleepy, and nauseous. Its only 25 mg 2 times a day. Which I think is the lowest dose that you can get besides 25/1.
I tend to react badly to most medications that I take so I am just worried about taking this.

tinana+2 TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; Armpit, of, Ireland 29526 posts
19th Apr '13
Smokey_Taboo Due April 22; 1 child; California 5430 posts
19th Apr '13

I take it, Take it before bed the first night if you think you react poorly to it..



I didnt have bad reactions starting it, but if I miss a dose or have to wait for a refill I feel like f**king death..
And a year and half ago I weaned myself off of it and it was horrible I shook and felt like I was dying, and then I gained 60lbs



But once it was out of my system I was ok again. Im taking it again and I think this time its been easier for me, Its been helping more with my anxiety/panic disorder and its been managing my weight.

Livin Dead Girl Due May 15; 2 kids; Tyrone, Georgia 1766 posts
19th Apr '13
Quoting tinana+2:" I take it for migraines. It was a last resort, my doctor did not want me on it. It doesn't make me dizzy, ... [snip!] ... but stopped taking it because of hair loss that she couldn't deal with- she still is dealing with the hair loss, months later."


Thats what I am on it for. The doctor prescribed it for me because he said that it would be a good fit because I am overweight and have really bad migraines. And it supposedly works for both.
I already have a problem remembering things. And what do you mean by a crazy person? Like mood swings? I just read online that it is given sometimes to people that are bipolar
Is hair loss happen alot???

Livin Dead Girl Due May 15; 2 kids; Tyrone, Georgia 1766 posts
19th Apr '13
Quoting Smokey_Taboo:" I take it, Take it before bed the first night if you think you react poorly to it.. I didnt have bad ... [snip!] ... think this time its been easier for me, Its been helping more with my anxiety/panic disorder and its been managing my weight. "


At night is what I am terrified of. I'm afraid its going to make me really really tired. It is just me and the kids because my husband is a trucker and is on the road all the time :(

tinana+2 TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; Armpit, of, Ireland 29526 posts
19th Apr '13
MissMommy ♥ Due November 18 (boy); Wisconsin 315 posts
19th Apr '13

I took it for awhile for migraines. It didn't make me lose any weight or gain any weight either (thank goodness).



It gave made my hands, feet & face really tingly. They'd feel like they were falling asleep but they weren't, it was just this really annoying prickly feeling. Soda tasted metallic, I couldn't drink any type of it anymore, had to switch to water and flavored water.



I didn't have any nausea or fatigue with it. I did have some hair loss but mine is really thick anyway so I didn't care much, lol.



I stopped taking it when it stopped working. I also got sick of the tingles all the time. It was super annoying and actually to the point of painful discomfort at times.

Smokey_Taboo Due April 22; 1 child; California 5430 posts
19th Apr '13
Quoting tinana+2:" No mood swings- just forgetful. By crazy person, it just makes me FEEL crazy. I forget things, and ... [snip!] ... Especially given the side effects. I haven't noticed the hair loss myself but I have a crapload of thick crazy hair. "



Its a board-spectrum medicine. If its giving you mood swings and making you feel at all manicy. then you should think of reducing your mg. I know a lady that lost her shit and had a manic episode because topimax she wasnt telling with her doctor that it was making her feel that way.

Smokey_Taboo Due April 22; 1 child; California 5430 posts
19th Apr '13
Quoting Livin Dead Girl:" At night is what I am terrified of. I'm afraid its going to make me really really tired. It is just me and the kids because my husband is a trucker and is on the road all the time :( "


Are you sure this is the right medicine for you then?

Livin Dead Girl Due May 15; 2 kids; Tyrone, Georgia 1766 posts
19th Apr '13
Quoting tinana+2:" No mood swings- just forgetful. By crazy person, it just makes me FEEL crazy. I forget things, and ... [snip!] ... Especially given the side effects. I haven't noticed the hair loss myself but I have a crapload of thick crazy hair. "


lol then I am in for a treat if you have a great memory because I have a horrible one now. I will think to get something one second and the next I will get up to do it and then its just *poof* gone. And it will take me days to remember it. :(
I have alot of thick crazy hair to. I have to go every month to have it thinned out because the weight of it causes my migraines to be worse.

Smokey_Taboo Due April 22; 1 child; California 5430 posts
19th Apr '13
Quoting MissMommy ♥:" I took it for awhile for migraines. It didn't make me lose any weight or gain any weight either (thank ... [snip!] ... I also got sick of the tingles all the time. It was super annoying and actually to the point of painful discomfort at times."



I wonder if the tingles are more common for people that have migraines, I have never experiences this.

tinana+2 TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; Armpit, of, Ireland 29526 posts
19th Apr '13
Quoting Smokey_Taboo:" Its a board-spectrum medicine. If its giving you mood swings and making you feel at all manicy. then ... [snip!] ... lost her shit and had a manic episode because topimax she wasnt telling with her doctor that it was making her feel that way. "


It's not. I'm just forgetful, like I said. I've discussed it with both my PMD and neurologist, it's pretty normal for the drug. Honestly I'd rather be a little forgetful than have the headaches I was having. I could barely function with my headaches.

Livin Dead Girl Due May 15; 2 kids; Tyrone, Georgia 1766 posts
19th Apr '13
Quoting Smokey_Taboo:" Are you sure this is the right medicine for you then?"


I can't just not try it. I haven't even taken the first dose yet. My mom said that she would watch the kids for me so that I could see what was going to happen with the first dose.

Smokey_Taboo Due April 22; 1 child; California 5430 posts
19th Apr '13
Quoting Livin Dead Girl:" I can't just not try it. I haven't even taken the first dose yet. My mom said that she would watch the kids for me so that I could see what was going to happen with the first dose. "


Thats a good idea, I hope it helps!! I've lost quite a bit of weight from it :D



Have you ever thought of other reasons for migraines like food allergies. I heard juicing can really help people with migraines along with cutting out sodas and all refined sugars.

Emily Sweetin-smith 2 kids; Illinois 74 posts
19th Apr '13

i took it for years. no weight gain and I LOVED the drug!! the only reason I stopped was because you cant take it with Birth control pills. The only option I had was the shot, i tried depo and hated it... so kept on with topomax anyway.
Im sure your dr wouldnt have prescribed it if he didnt honestly think it would help. Usually they dont prescribe that unless all other options werent working. You may have a reaction you may not. you wont know til you try it.