Topamax and weight changes

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axelsmom
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   Posted 4/16/2009 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I was put on Topamax about a year ago in order to lose the weight I'd gained while on Prozac. I lost it, although I'm not entirely sure it was due to the Topamax. I lost 5 lb right away but the remaining 10 stuck there and I lost it gradually by changing my diet and exercising harder. So here's my question: I have severe IBS with constipation and I'm pretty sure the Topamax is making my constipation worse. My weight hasn't changed in about 9 months. I don't think it's helping me a bit by continuing to take the Topamax. As long as I'm careful about what I eat and do, will I gain back the weight I lost? I'm no longer on any antidepressant. I remember that while on Prozac I craved carbs, especially sweets, like they were going out of style.

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   Posted 4/16/2009 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a chance once to take topomax to lose weight. I take adderall and still can't lose. I am getting really frustrated. I have been exercising and trying to watch what I eat. But Easter didn't help, another chocolate holiday.

I don't know if you will gain the weight back. I would recommend that you continue to do what you are doing to keep your weight in check. I know how had it can be to lose. And it seems that the older we get, the harder it is.

Best wishes to you axelsmom,

Hugs, Karen
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axelsmom
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   Posted 4/16/2009 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Karen,

Just wondering, did you mean that you are taking Adderall to lose weight only? I suppose that would be off label just like topamax would be. I am just getting so frustrated with the constipation side effects being an IBS patient that I'm torn between the two issues. I think the constipation is winning and I am better off dealing with the weight on my own...scary though.


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   Posted 4/16/2009 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I take adderall to combat the fatigue I get from fibromyalgia. If I didn't take it I would sleep all day long and all night. But I figured since it is dextroamphetamine that it would help me with weight loss. Maybe it is and I would weigh a lot more without it. lol...

I am walking every day and watching what I eat and I still can't seem to lose a pound. I had lost five and gained it back. But I did have sweets over Easter, so that is probably not helping any.

I know that it is hard to lose weight when you are constipated. It just doesn't seem to work.

I hope that you can work something out to help you. I hope that I can lose some weight too. I will soon be walking in the woods every day to look for morel mushrooms. So that will help some. You can walk a lot without realizing it.

Hugs, Karen
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THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 4/18/2009 2:35 AM (GMT -7)   

hi axlsmom. sorry am not familiar with topomax, but i am definately familiar with ant-dep, ant-psych meds that stack on weight. i was put on zoloft over 20yrs ago, for me it was not a good drug period! i found that anti-psych meds gave me the munchies, esp zyprexa!! wow stacked it on with zyprexa, a few others did likewise, although i have not found anti-deps to do this, rather some have done the exact opposite. i have been on the merry go round 4 a long time now, and over the past 5-6 wks i have gone of effexor xr 375, for pristiq, 200mg. was on effexor 4 four yrs, pooped once too many. for sleep, due to insomnia, and that my brain finds it hard 2 shut down, i therefore am on seroquel, 900-1200mg, yeah a lot, if you new my history you would understand!!

take care, thanx 4 your post. and keep posting, kindest of regards, jamie

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