Good luck with the Topamax...everyone responds differently. Personally, I am up to 400mg of topamax daily (I am a tough case Anyway, I would not stop taking it unless my life literally depended on it!
It keeps my head pain down to a "minimum" (I know that is a relative term, but for me...its a few times a month now instead of all day, everyday!)
let us know how it goes
Topamax is the only preventative so far that has made this big a difference in my migraines! I have been extremely grateful for that! I have had to up the dosage a few times because my frequency and severity has increased from time to time for many reasons. I do very well and 400mgs and would cry if I ever had to stop taking Topamax.
I have just changed jobs and am terrified at the thought of being without insurance and just hope that my doctor will work with me as far as samples and maybe one of the prescription assistance programs until insurance kicks in!!!
hang in there and definitely let us know how it works for you,
I have been on Topamax for about 8 weeks now. Have had alot of side effects, including but not limited to; tingling in all extremities and face, lack of concentration, inability to think clearly, loss of knowledge (spelling and other knowledge), loss of patience (quick to anger), randomness of thoughts, nausea, dizziness, fuzziness in vision, lack of concentration, lack of interest (in previous hobbies), and others. I am persevering through, as I have read that it can take up to 3-6 months to really notice full effects. I am taking topamax to help with migraines, just started 50 mg am & 50 mg pm.
In some of my research, I have found that you can suffer an electrolyte imbalance which can explain many of the symptoms that many people have on topamax. My sister is also on topamax and has had many of the same symptoms, has started drinking electrolyte solutions (like the popular ones on tv). She has noticed extremely improved symptoms, increased energy, less muscle aches, nausea, etc (she was only on 25 mg). My doctor has put me on potassium tablets (1 week now) and I have already noticed a decrease in the mental capacity department problems as well as the nerve tingling. I have read several places about topamax side effects, and it seems that these side effects are treated as individual side effects and are not looked at as a possiblity of other problems (such as low electrolytes). If you experience nausea, dizziness, muscle fatigue/cramping, nerve tingling, lack of concentration, etc, try drinking electrolyte solutions for a couple of days to a week and see if your symptoms improve and if so, talk to your doctor. I am not suggesting that this will fix everyone's problems, but it has significantly made a difference in my sister's and my own life.
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Post Edited By Moderator (Annuk) : 10/16/2006 4:40:26 PM (GMT-6)
I wasnt prescribed for Migraines but for cluster headaches. I suffer from 3 bulging disc in my neck with some spinal stenosis and severe degenerative disc disease. I now take trigger point injections, use lidoderm which is a lidocane patch and a strong muscel relaxant with vicodin 750 when all else fails. But at any rate the side effects that I suffered from are not even listed as a side effect on thier web site. I had to go to several doctors because they all said at first that it couldnt be any of my drugs. Even the pharmacist didnt know. My lawyer is tring to accumulate as many people as he can to join in a class action suit as opposed to me alone. On the internet I have found hunderds of others who did equally as bad on the drug as me. And remember I only took 100 mg daily. If you too are have problems or know of others please give them either my E- Mail address or my lawyers. Just Mention Me or Topamax.
Thanks for the well wishes you too!
Post Edited By Moderator (Annuk) : 10/17/2006 5:34:29 AM (GMT-6)
Hey there smartcat
This is Lillian Orlando if you havent read my post then you need to and get back to me as soon as possible my e-mail is availible.
In the mean time I truly hope you feel better
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