Topamax Causing Sleep Issues??

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holmesla
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   Posted 9/1/2011 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been on Topamax for about two months or so, and about since then I have noticed I wake up every night around 3:00 and 4:00 and cannot get back to sleep. This is not normal for me at all and I am wondering if anyone else has had these issues while on Topamax.

I am so tired from being tired all the time I was put on Topamax because of migraines, but if I cannot get enough sleep, I get migraines, so it kind of defeats the purpose.

Allthatglitters
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   Posted 9/27/2011 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I am with you - it's almost the exact same time too. :( What is your dosage? I've been on for almost 7 weeks.

holmesla
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   Posted 9/27/2011 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I am at 50mgs. But I went as far as going off of it for two weeks and I still had issues sleeping. I haven't been able to figure out why I am having sleep issues, but my doctor gave me a prescription for Ambien, so it is helping.

Allthatglitters
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   Posted 9/28/2011 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm on 25 - weird how it makes you either really tired or you can't fall asleep. I'm giving mine another week or so and then I am going to ask for Ambien. Good luck!

holmesla
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   Posted 9/28/2011 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, you too!

caligirl2001
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   Posted 9/29/2011 12:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on it for about 16 months now, and take 125mg. I don't specifically remember having any issues with waking up in the middle of the night, but I had terrible sleep problems prior to starting it anyway. I can say that for me, most side effects went away after the first few months of taking it. Good luck to you both and I hope it works for your pain as well as it has worked for mine!
Fibromyalgia, High BP, Migraines, anxiety, Non Celiac Gluten Intolerant
Current medications: Topamax, Maxalt, Lotrel, Wellbutrin

lostinthewoods
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   Posted 10/2/2011 12:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm on Topomax too. I never had any problems with going to sleep or staying asleep. I do have a slight problem with my sleep. I have always been a very vivid dreamer. Before I went on this medication my dreams were usually pleasant. I find myself staying up later and later to avoid going to sleep to avoid the unpleasant dreams that await me in my sleep. I have had a complete sleep study done at an overnight sleep clinic to rule out any sleeping disorders or apnea. Being a vivid dreamer is a good sign that one is reaching a proper level of REM according to the nurse at sleep clinic, mine has just turned into a sort of a nightmare since starting Topomax. At least they are happening less often, but I can never tell.

jules78
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   Posted 10/2/2011 1:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I am on Topamax Also 400mg I have no problem sleeping but I have also been taken off caffeine and I take Flexeril 10mg before bed so sleeping is def. not a problem staying awake on the other hand..... I work seven 12 hr nights and it is very hard on me with no caffeine, I am on meds to help keep me awake and energized but they dont help too much!

I hope things get back to normal for you!
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