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   Posted 4/25/2008 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm writing on behalf of my wife, so if my description isn't good, please be patient. She has had migraines for years (she 48) and started Topomax a few months ago, which helped decrease the frequency of her migraines, but made her feel so cloudy and stupid that she quit it.
Her migraines returned, so she's back on Topomax 50mg. daily, and feeling really cloudy again and very frustrated. She's also feeling almost overwhelming surges of worthlessness and being a failure as a mother (she's not). On top of that, our oldest daughter is getting married next month,
a big Southern wedding.
She also started getting hot flashes several months ago, before the first time she took Topomax.
I'm wondering if possibly part of her migraines, which started increasing a lot about one year ago, could maybe be related to the start of menopause.
If so, would it be possible to do some sort of other treatment for menopause for that so we could reduce the Topomax dose?
Also, any information or comments anyone has would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much.

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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 4/25/2008 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bamaman,

Welcome to Healing Well. Sorry to hear that your wife is having a rough time. I would point out that Topamax does not suit everyone. Depression is a side effect of this drug, hence your wife's feelings of worthlessness, I had the same reaction when I was on this drug - never again!!

Migraine can worsen during menopause, I would suggest she goes back to her Neurologist for a different treatment before she becomes severely depressed. There are many other treatments out there and a good Neurologist especially one who is a Headache Specialist will find something better to suit your wifes needs.

I wish you all the best with this, please let me know how you get on?

take care

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