panic attacks on topamax?

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DonnaMarie1
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Date Joined Mar 2012
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   Posted 3/9/2012 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, I've been on Topamax for over a month. The first couple weeks were great, really felt pretty good - maybe just a little loopy but nothing out of the ordinary. Then slowly I started not wanting to eat as much, lost some weight - I thought wow, this is great! A couple more weeks went by, then I started feeling nervous and jittery mainly about 10:00 am or so and this lasts the rest of the day until bedtime. I had a full-brown panic attack at work over a week ago and it scared the crap out of me. Thought the weight of the world on my shoulders, had to take deep breaths to try to calm down, my heard was racing, I got very cold and my teeth were chattering. What is this? This week it happened a couple more times, but now that I know it's going to happen, I just focus and think of happy things and will it away. But my heart is still pounding, my neck is all tense. it's scary. I know I should call my doctor, but don't want him to think I'm nuts. Anyone out there whose had a similar experience? By the way, I'm only on 25 mg. I started this because inderal wasn't working like it used to for my migraines, so my dr. lowered the does of that and started me on the low dose of the Topamax. Now I'm thinking I just the Inderal again - :( even though I got an occasional migraine.

DonnaMarie1
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Date Joined Mar 2012
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   Posted 3/12/2012 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, this is very interesting!! Thanks for all your feedback. I hate to throw an even bigger wrench in this, this same type of attack occurred to me last year 6 months BEFORE being on the Topamax. I've gotten bloodwork done, stress tests, ekgs, cat-scans, you name it. Heart is good, blood sugar is good, you name it. I don't eat "crap in a box" as I call it. I drink 2 cups of coffee a day - black. I eat a Lara bar for breakfast, sometimes a packet of cream of wheat for breakfast with almond milk, I do eat 2-3 pieces of fruit a day. I eat salads throughout the week with my own dressings. I eat carbs, but just a few days a week - sweet potatoes, brown rice, oatmeal - only the good stuff. Today, my dr. is getting me OFF the Topamax. I've had way too many side effects for him to feel comfortable with me on it right now. I feel queasy on it and just darn crappy most of the day. I feel very weird when I'm on it. He doesn't think the Topamax caused the panic attacks and thinks he believes this started last year before I started even taking it. For now I'll be off it. What bother me is why doesn't he know about all the above liver and blood sugar type stuff being said above?? I guess this proves dr.'s do not know everything. I am relived to off this stuff, but sorry it didn't work for me. One last question. How do other people take 100,200, or 300 mg of this stuff? How is that possible??? I was only on 25mg!! Holy cow. I must be sensitive.
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