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virgil1
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/17/2009 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
My insurance company would not approve cymbalta so the doctor has prescribed topomax but only up to 50 mg at bed time.  Anyone on here have any experience with this drug??
 

futurecanadian
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   Posted 4/17/2009 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I take topomax for migraines and it seems to work well enough. I take one every morning as a preventative measure. I went through a lot of medications before I found one that worked as well as topomax.

tyno3
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   Posted 4/17/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Am I still on the Fibromyalgia forum? Topamax for Fibro. I get the topamax for migraines, and for BiPolar II, and for anti seizure meds, but where does it come in for fibro/ Also, do the insurance adjusters have medical degrees? if so, why aren't they practicing medicine. I have to say; get a doctor fast. Get some of the old meds that have been around for twenty years. Specifically; amyltriptilene, small dose to start. Also, pain relievers, at certain Walmart stores you can get them at $4.00 a prescription. Or if you earn more than the cap on that program, you'd do better with the old meds, paying out of pocket, ie $13.00 a month for tylenol 3/percocet/292's/whatever.

Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.


lost in philly
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   Posted 4/18/2009 4:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I take 50mg topomax in the a.m. and again in the p.m. for migrianes. I have also heard of it being prescribed for nerve pain etc. It was even tried as a weight loss drug b/c the side effect on your appetite is so strong! Some ppl misuse it as a diet drug. Celebrities are known for it...
I just came off of cymbalta. My insurance didnt want to pay for it either, I had to get my doc to push it somehow, say it was necessary. The prob with Cymbalta is that there are alot of similar drugs that are generic or cheaper and have been on the market longer.
After my doc forced the issue, my rx copays were expensive, like everyone else on Cymbalta I had strong side affects (including increased headaches, lovely) and I never I had that awesome relief of depression/ minor pain you are supposed to get within 2-3 weeks. Phooey! (To be fair, I didnt respond to Lyrica either. My pain and depression are both too strong for those comb drugs besides I may have some sort of tolerance to antidepressants at this point...)
Best of luck!
lost in philly

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Fibro, Endo, Migraines, Asthma, CFS

Topamax, Morphine, Cymbalta, Crestor, Resoril, Loestrin, Treximet

B12, Magnesium, Melatonin, Omega3


tyno3
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 1081
   Posted 4/18/2009 5:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Not to go all political on ya'll again; but this is criminal. The Cymbalta, and one other newer drug, that costs the world, if you google them are essentially effexor which has been on the market ten years; so doesn't reap the income. Canadian's spend 30 billion on meds; we have 1/10 the population as American's. Do the math. Not being prescribed the least expensive meds puts the weight of the mess made on Wall Street right on the backs of the poor, more illness, the sick, and the elderly. Now, topamax; if it is effective for nerve pain, as well as is prescribed as a mood stabilizer, as well, as a weight loss drug; wow; I'm going right straight out to get me some. Also; migraines. I feel like I'm in Problem Solving 301. Unfortunately, like lost in philly, I had a good effect from my old friend of twenty some years, after a holliday, Zoloft, worked well for me untill mid week last week when I crashed, bigtime. Bang, boom. Frankly; I too may be immune to I's, or worse, as one previous doc said, SSRI's can be counter-indicated in Bipolar 2 and may cause rapid cycling. That's where I was the past three weeks. I could wait ten minutes and I'd be crying, then laughing. What is this doing on the Fibro forum, beats me, oh yeah, topamax. I see doc Wednesday. I also have three needy people hanging off me, two dogs (who carry their own weight), and three pure white cats I didn't have the nerve to euthenize. There are far too many creatures ahead of me on my priority list, to be sure.   yeah
Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.


getting by
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   Posted 4/18/2009 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, topomax is a good weight loss drug. I hope that it helps you Virgil. Keep posting and let us know how it goes.

Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
 
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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