Preventative that don't cause weight gain

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 5/20/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone know any weight neutral or possible preventatives that cause weight loss (besides topamax)?  I took topamax for about 6 months and lost weight but the side effects were so bad I couldn't deal with it anymore.  I'm on atacand now and gained about 15lbs - not sure if it's just b/c I'm off topamax or from the atacand.  I was thinking about zonegran but my doctor said she didn't have success with it.  My biggest side effects that I can't deal with w/preventative are 1. weight gain and 2. loss of libido.  I need help!!!

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/24/2008 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't had weight loss with any other preventative like I did on Topamax, but I haven't gained weight on any of them, either. I've been on Depakote, Nortriptyline, Lamictal, Zonegran, Gabapentin and Namenda (that I can think of right now), and I haven't had weight gain from any of these.

I know meds can affect people very differently, but I hope this helps a bit.

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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 5/27/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I worry about the same thing, I don't want to take anything that causes weight gain. I've tried so many meds for my chronic migraines, nothing has worked very well. I just take midrin right now, and it really hasn't helped. I also take lamictal but thats for preventative seizure med. I had brain surgery almost six years ago because I had seizures for over 25 years of my life, the surgery has taken care of the seizures, but now I'm dealing with Chronic migraines.

I don't see my neurologist until July, so I'm hanging in there.

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