Anyone have any experience with Topamax or Provigil

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Casem
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   Posted 10/31/2007 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I am in my third week of both Topamax (at night) and Provigil (in the morning) and my anxiety is through the roof. I can't get to sleep, I have so much energy I don't know what to do with it. I can't focus. I am worrying about everything under the sun. I am picking fights with anyone in my path, and I am talking a million miles a minute. I called the pdoc to see if I could get in earlier with no avail. I need to wait to Monday @ 7 pm, and I am going insane. I want to lock myself in my apartment before I p**s everyone off so bad that I push everyone away.
 
Even Michael tried so hard yesterday to calm me down. He sat with me and held my hands in his and breathed with me nice and slow. He asked if I wanted to go for a walk around the pond with the dog. I screamed at him for wanting something from me and being manipulative and started running down a laundry list of all of the terrible things he has done to me in the past.
 
My mom called and I started screaming at her (at an incredible speed) about my living situation and what am I going to do in February and she said she didn't think it would be a good idea that I move in with her. Even though I know that is true, and that I had come to that conclusion on my own, I screamed at her for abandoning me when I needed someone and leaving me with no where to go. After only a few hours of sleep, I woke up this morning feeling this incredible sense of guilt because I was so terribly mean to everyone. Now, I am at work, freaking out again, shaking and talking fast, not able to focus on MY JOB!
 
Could it be the provigil? Maybe I don't need it? I thought topamax was supposed to make you sleepy? HELP?
 
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nev
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   Posted 10/31/2007 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Possibly talk to your doc about cutting your dosage of Provigil. I actually had to cut mine into fourths to not be to jittery and spouting my mouth off. Make sure you tell your doc all these symptoms, even write them down daily so you don't leave any out. Provigil is supposed to make you more alert and focused, and it sounds lk the medicine is doing either the opposite or way too much.

hope you get help from your doc,
nev

serafena
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   Posted 10/31/2007 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Nope -- topomax isn't going to make you that sleepy, and the sleepiness would have worn off in a couple of days. It's supposed to be a mood stabilizer though, which it's clearly not doing. My guess is the provigil. It's supposed to wake you up, right? It's doing it -- like gangbusters.

You're having acute symptoms though and can ask the receptionist to give you a call if an earlier appointment opens up. That sounds just awful. I'm so sorry.
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It is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. -- William Shakespeare


Casem
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   Posted 11/1/2007 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the suggestions. I eventually took some xanax yesterday to calm myself down. It worked. I had a calm evening. I passed out candy, took the dog for a walk, and spent a quite evening in the house. No TV, no music, just quiet. I fell asleep around 9:00 pm ( I think I needed it from the night before). And I had a great night sleep last night. No interruptions, no nightmares, I don't even remember dreaming! Since the provigil is being prescribed to help with my lack of energy due to the sleep apnea, I decided not to take it today and just see how I do. I feel ok so far today. Much less jittery, but still alert and focused. I am writing all of the symptoms down (and still taking the topamax) until I see the pdoc on Monday.

Thanks for responding and thanks for your care and concern. I don't say it enough to all of you ........

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
 
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serafena
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   Posted 11/1/2007 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
ANYTIME ANYTIME ANYTIME!
Serafena
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It is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. -- William Shakespeare

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