Switching from Topamax to Lyrica?

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Not So Fancy
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   Posted 1/7/2012 11:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I find that Lyrica doesn't work nearly as well.

Topamax, however, gives me stabbing burning pains in my hands and feet occasionally. It also causes hallucinations and my job performance diminishes severely. But 0 headaches. The months I was taking it I had no headaches or migraines when I was having them almost daily.

Lyrica is great, it helps a lot -- but I still get a migraine about once per week.

I am thinking of switching from a daily medicine to getting the small amount of "emergency" pills and just taking excedrin for bad headache days to take the edge off and saving the emergency meds for when the headaches are bad enough I cannot function.

I also worry that both medicines are effecting my sleep.

What would YOU do? Take the medicine that works and risk your promotion? Take the less effective medicine with fewer side effects? Take no medication and do 100x better at work?


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   Posted 1/20/2012 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Not sure about what I would do in your work situation, but I loved the Topomax. I took it for about 6 weeks and it helped my migraines so much - however, I started having floaters and at times they would be so bad, I couldn't see - my eye pressure increased and vision was so blurry I couldn't see my computer, so I had to stop it. I was put on Lyrica - not so much for migraines but I also have shooting nerve pain in both my legs from a car accident a long time ago - I hated that medication - after a month of being on it I gained 25 pounds and my weight just kept going up - I had to stop it. I didn't really see a difference while on it - thank God, because that is one medication that I refused to take any longer.
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