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I gained weight on amitriptyline also...Since taking Topamax this time around I have lost about 20lbs. Gotta love it....oh, yeah...not to mention that it had seriously decreased the headaches.
Welcome! I've had a similar experience with Topamax and it was because I increased it too quickly. My neurologist also suggested I increase it 25 mg / week. I backed down until I had very little side effects, I had made it up to 200 mg / day. I reduced back to 75 mg and it took a good 3 weeks for symptoms to stop. I have now increased by 1/2 tablet and experienced a few more side effects but nothing significant and my headaches have lessened.
I had eye pain and my weight kept dropping. Eventually everything stops or at least lessens to a bearable level.
I am up to more than 200mg of Topamax daily and if you taper up correctly you should not be sleeping during the day...
I have found that slowly tapering to your desired dosage is the most important thing with Topamax and ANY of its possible side effects.
I appreciate everyone's feedback. I've decided that I'm going to stay at 75 mg even longer than the 2 weeks than my doctor has suggested. It just sounds like the longer you stay at one dose of Topamax the better your body adjusts. My body just seemed to freak out at 100 mg. and the eye pain and vision stuff is what really scared me, not to mention the killer migraine that came with it. I'm also trying to lay off the Imitrex. In fact I haven't taken Imitrex since last Wednesday (that's 5 days - a record for me!). I have woken up with a headache, but what I have taken is Bayer Back and Body Aspirin (that's just what I had at the house -- it worked though). I wonder if I'm just trading one monster for another though. Who knows???? Anyway, we'll see how long this lasts. This has been my pattern--something will work for a little while, then it quits. I'm believing by faith that this will last though. I'm praying for a miracle!!!