Posted 9/23/2005 8:39 AM (GMT -7)
You are very welcome!
Take topamax earlier in the day, cut it in half...um, let me see what else can you do...I know that 25mg is the smallest dosage (as far as one single pill)...I think there are "sprinkle" capsules...you might be able to get those and open them???
I know that I felt like that (stupid and dazed-could barely drive and function, tired and just spaced out) when I first started taking Topamax (we lovingly called it Dopamax...)
I struggled for a little bit...BUT DID ADJUST,obviously!
I increased my dosage over time to finally get to 250mg, I had migraines so badly that I would be hospitalized and visit the ER maybe once every month of two. I have had migraines so badly that I had a streak where I had continuous migraines for 33 days straight.
So, I started at 25mg, and slowly increased to would get to 50, 75, 100mg etc of Topamax and it would work ok, but it would last for a little while but then would need to be adjusted and kicked up a notch. Once you get to 200/250 that is supposed to be the maximum dosage for MIGRAINE usage, after that they start to add other things to it...So, at this point I take Topamax and Inderal. I am doing well and would not get off Topamax unless my life depended on it. (no joke)
Whatever you do...don't increase your dosage too fast or too high! Another words, when if you get to the point where you need to increase, you need to increase by 25 mg at a time...and step up and stay at the next level no shorter than 2-3 weeks before going to the next step...make sense??? so I would say 25 mg for at lease a month...then 50mg for 2-3 weeks, see how side effects are going, then 75mg for another 3wks, etc...of course ALL WITH DR APPROVAL...I have just had a few ignorant Dr.'s who did not do that....and made the side effects more intense...
No, don't feel bad about the neck thing. Just knowing that someone understands TRULY how you feel can make all the difference in the world. I think that is one of the best things about this group of people here...we understand each other and can offer that type of support. I look forward to what the specialist has to say!!! Let me know...if you feel it is too private to post email me (click the envelope under my name)
Talk to you soon Snow!!!
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