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lollyatlanta
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   Posted 2/10/2012 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
 I was reading post about this medication and am new to this site. I have been taking this medicine for about 2 years now and I have had some real changes in my world.
At first it was great I felt good immediately had energy, got so much done I thought it as the miracle drug. Now I am having a really hard time . I feel drained , lifeless, totally depressed. I am having a hard time getting out of the house. My mood swing horribly, anger , crying . I at times just want to find the nearest bridge and jump ! It is a major feat just to get a shower.. REALLY !! I have read many post on here about it and I am on 150mg, about siezures coming off of it and now I am scared. I don't know what to do. I have anxiety and take xanax as well .
I have taken care of mental health patients for 21 years and am no stranger to med's. BUT this takes the cake here. I have a husband with Dementia I have to take care of and I have alot to do and I am not functioning at all lately. I am starting to wonder if it is the medicine now .. I have been to the Dr. My opinion of them is they really don't care about their patients anymore its all about a paycheck and a kick back from the drug company . Especially when you take med's for depression. You are overlooked ! Any suggestions ?
 
Thanks in advance for your help ... 

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   Posted 2/10/2012 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Just to let you know this drug was recalled cause people were having reactions off this medication I was on it for sezuires and got off after two weeks I was having problems with my vision. I thought I would let you know Thanks Alexis

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   Posted 2/10/2012 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
It could be a case of needing a higher dose too. Maybe it fizzled out and you need more. Stress to the doctor that this is not feeling right.

I hope that you feel better soon.

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   Posted 2/10/2012 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
am so sorry, let the doctor know everything. wishing that you feel better soon. with much healing compassion, jamie.
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   Posted 2/11/2012 12:33 AM (GMT -6)   
According to Drugs.Com you need to drink plenty of water when taking Topamax to prevent imbalance of electrolytes. In addition, frequent testing of kidney and liver functions needs to be made for your protection. Is your psychiatrist ordering these tests on a routine basis?

Please read the topics on Topamax toxicity symptoms to get a full view of potential injury and talk to your psychiatrist seriously about what's happening to you on this medication.

It is said that sometimes the cure can be worse than the illness. Make sure you're not one who's experiencing that by getting advice from your psychiatrist about what's best for you and whether you should continue with Topamax. Under any circumstances, Drugs.com does not advise stopping the medication. If it is to be dropped, it should be reduced gradually, according to that website.
 
Some websites recommend using small doses of sodium bicarbonate to reduce increased acidity of fluids, but you must confirm any decision like that with your doctor.  We are not doctors and cannot recommend any procedure except that which has worked for us. Mild acidosis can mimic some of the symptoms you describe.
 
If you don't get helpful attention, please get another doctor.

Take care.

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Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 2/14/2012 9:20:01 AM (GMT-7)


lollyatlanta
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   Posted 2/13/2012 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
 WOW thanks guys .. this has helped me alot ! Acidous is one of the questions the ENT asked me idea . I may be having that problem. I think I will step it down a see if that stops the probem.
 
 Have a geat day everyone ..

lollyatlanta
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   Posted 2/13/2012 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
My Dr. has not ordered any regular test at all. I am really disgusted now about this drug .. Fitigue is exactly how I feel ..depressed the gambit ! I feel awful..NO enegry..I just had blood work done ( My demand after 2 years) they say its fine but did a mouth swab, if thats what you want to call it . One swipe on the back of my tongue, NOT ENOUGH SPITTLE PROBABLY TO EVEN TO TEST ..said it was fine.. but its not fine ..my mouth is foaming and is constantly producing this slimy flimy stuff that is drving me nuts... just disregard you as depressed all in your mind, really ...my mind can produce runny film from my eyes and a foaming mouth... . Its so frustrating ! I'M SO AGGRIVATED WITH DOCTORS AND THEIR LACK OF CONCERN ! I JUST WANT MY LIFE BACK .. that's all ..I have always been very atcive and happy for the most part and now I feel woman down all the time. I have grandchildren I want to be with and  a life that I have no energy to participate in ...They took an oath but seem not to it take seriously anymore...sad very sad !

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   Posted 2/13/2012 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
What about the ear, nose, and throat specialist? Did he suggest any testing for you? I wouldn't give up on the search for answers. You shouldn't be havng the reactions that you are if they are continuing for any length of time.

I'm inclined to think that another physician might be called for. Someone suggested earlier that Topamax had been recalled because of toxic reactions, I think. Ask about that, please, with your specialist.

We grandmothers often have more sensitive digestive systems than the younger generations have, and we might have more serious reactions because our systems have slowed naturally a bit.
 
As a last resort I would consider consulting with an allergist.  It is quite possible that we can have allergies to the ingredients in one or more of the medications prescribed.

Take care.

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Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 2/13/2012 11:10:54 AM (GMT-7)


lollyatlanta
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   Posted 2/13/2012 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
 yes the ENT suggested allergy testing. I will see him next Wednesday. He put me on a candida diet ! It didn't help ...nothing helps but Diflucan and that doesn't take care of everything ... 300 mg a day I am taking of it just to tolerate the eyes and mouth. I've been told mold, thrush etc.. now the TOPAMAX ... Lord where does it end..I hope very soon I can get an answer ..
'''I can't give up. I can't handle the problems without some medical help.I just need the right Dr. that knows what he or she is doing..
 
NO GIVING UP HERE...I WANT MY LIFE BACK TO BADLY !!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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   Posted 2/13/2012 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
My best thought is to suggest that you stay with the allergist until you find the things that are really the worst allergens for you. I hope he has medicated you for the yeast infection. We aren't doctors, of course, so we can't suggest that you do this or that. We can tell you only what has worked for us.

I can suggest that you stop all foods with sugar in them until the infection is clear. Some infections feed on sugar.  Please be careful about your vitamins while you have an infection.  Iron in them will hide in your body until an infection is clear.  Make sure you're taking one that doesn't have iron in it if it turns out you have a bacterial infection.  Yeast is a fungal infection, so you might want to go online to see if there's any sound advice for healing a yeast infection that you can do in addition to taking prescribed medication.
 
An inherited allergy gene could be at the root of much of your problem, frankly.  Those of us who do have an inherited allergy gene learn after a while to recognize things that are bothering us and make arrangements to take something else that our doctors will prescribe.

In my opinion, you are doing all the best things to get to the bottom of the problem and see that it is corrected.

It may take a few weeks to get everything in line, especially if your allergist wants to do testing for foods and other allergens.
Please let him help you through this difficult time.

Take care, and I feel sure you're going to be fine. You're in control now and that's what counts for your well-being.  I understand very clearly your intent to get things straightened out but good!

With best wishes,

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Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 2/13/2012 7:14:25 PM (GMT-7)


lollyatlanta
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   Posted 2/16/2012 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
When they so called swabbed my mouth they said it was negative for yeast and mold ! ughhhhh ..so we will see ..i I'm trying to just be patient ... rolleyes
 
Thank you, it's genetic...your probably right...it's my parents fault lol ... I go to the ENT on Tuesday and M.D that afternoon. They are going to refer me to an infectious specialist we will see where that takes me ..
 
I'm just really tired of it all !!! It's so stressfull. No taste, the foaming, just the byuck in general..
 
Have a great day ! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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   Posted 2/16/2012 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL, LollyAtlanta, not at you, of course, but at the idea that we can blame our parents. We also got the good things from both of them as well; lol--try to remember that.

Once you find out the cause and have the allergist's report in hand, you'll feel tremendously better about the whole thing. It's really like opening a door into a bright, sunny new world. One major problem in life has been solved, though you'll need to be careful about preventing it from happening again.

Take care. We'd all be interested to know how this is resolved for you.

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Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 2/16/2012 12:21:15 PM (GMT-7)

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