topamax 25mg..questions!

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   Posted 4/18/2011 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
so finally I am trying to be a bit optimistic...after being prescribed neurontin and elavil i was completely discouraged. Tonight I am going to start taking 25 mg of topamax and am hoping to stay on that small dose. I have a few questions. Has anyone experienced major side effects on such a small dose. In addition, i drink maybe once a it really the end of the world to take a drink or two with this drug?!

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   Posted 4/18/2011 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, yes Topomax has some side effects. You start on 25 mg and then weekly increase to the dose your doctor wants you to be on. I was at 75 mg before I started experiencing parasthesia (tingling) and frequent urination. The drug dehydrates you and by doing so removes Potassium from your body's supply. I was on it for two months before I switched neurologists and he told me this. By month 4 I had suffered three urinary tract infections and so I went off it. Additionally I had developed an asthma-like wheeze which lingered for three months after I was weaned from it. I wouldn't drink alcohol with this medicine, it causes what we call brain fog and so many people jokingly call it Dopomax.

This is just my experience. Many others I know tolerate it fine. I have complex migraine and Arnold Chiari Malformation. Headaches are a big part of my disease.

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   Posted 4/21/2011 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I am on my third day of topamax and up to now...ZERO side effects.... quite happy to say the least. I have been suffering migraines and tension headaches every day for the past 4 months and I have actually had nothing these past 2 days (althoguh thats probably the placebo effect). Hope it keeps up

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   Posted 5/31/2011 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear that the topomax started off well for you. Here's hoping that six weeks in it is still treating you well and helping to manage your headaches.

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   Posted 6/1/2011 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
The only major side effect I had was weight loss. In some people it may supress your appetite (at a higher dosage).
Hope all is going well for you!
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