Bipolar - Meds question?

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   Posted 7/10/2017 11:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey! Quick question for some people maybe a bit more experienced than me.
Before I shoot that quick q I'll start off with an introduction, I'll going DadGod, I'm 17, I'm from New England. I've had the diagnosis of Bipolar 1 for the past 10 years. (Shocking, I know. My first hospitalisation was at age 7, where I was put inpatient for violent outbursts due to mania). Dealing with it? Not so easy. Been in denial for the past 10 years about it too, just finally came to terms with it and some other mental health issues like PTSD. Besides that, I'll lead into my question.

I just recently started Topamax again for my mood stabilisation, originally perscribed for migraine control. I started off at 50mg and got moved up to 100mg but I was never consistent and quickly went off. I recently started taking them again and I took a 100mg pill, and my whole body went tingly, starting with my face. Can anyone give me an answer as to what this means?

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   Posted 7/11/2017 12:20 AM (GMT -7)   
hi, welcome. sounds like ya body flushed it out, then ya hit it again at 100mg. to quick i reckon. (at the higher dose) seek medical advice. ps, checked a fact sheet on it, and it is not a drug to miss doses with. it will decrease it's effectiveness. side effects are common with start up, thus increment the dose by seeking medical advice is suggested. plenty of water as topomax can cause dhydration as part of the drug helps with sweating.

Post Edited (theHTreturns...) : 7/11/2017 1:29:23 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/11/2017 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi DadGod,

Welcome to the forum smile! We are happy you joined us.

Numbness or tingling is a side effect of Topomax, but in the arms and legs. However, everyone experiences the side effects differently. Sometimes, your body take a while to get use to the meds, before they start working.
As HT suggested, I too would suggest that you contact you doctor for advise.

I hope you would feel better.

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   Posted 7/14/2017 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi DadGod, you usually have to work your way up to higher doses. I hope today finds you feeling better!
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