Could Topomax cause these Symptoms?

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catlover25
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   Posted 5/10/2015 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I wish someone could explain if Topomax would explain some symptoms that I have sometimes. I have been on 75 mg at least 5 yrs. I recently increased to 100 mg but I think I am going to decrease it back down to 75 or 50. I have depression and take it as a mood stabalizer.

In the past year I have been hospitalized twice for coordination problems and difficulty walking. The first time was more severe with twitching in my face and some numbing sensation in my face. Also numbing sensation in my feet and part way up my legs both times. They ruled out MS. My head MRI and cat scans are always normal. Both occurred after I had worked harder at my job and lifted some things that put more strain on my back. It usually starts with a severe migraine headache.

Last March my first stay in the hospital the neurologist said it was because of the Topomax but I got this information second hand from the internist and didn't get an explanation from the neurologist. Without insurance I wasn't able to afford an office visit. I have had 2 psychiatrists tell me they don't believe it is the Topomax but I noticed when I recently increased it up 25 more mg I was having a numbing feeling in my legs without any hard work involved.

Anyone have any knowledge on how the Topomax plus the combination of me overworking could produce this kind of effect on me. I only work part time but have to be so careful on how fast I work and how to make it easier when I am working.

BnotAfraid
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   Posted 5/12/2015 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   
welcome to the forum.

I have needle/pins feelings in my hands and feet from time to time with the topomax. I take 225mg a day as part of a pain mngmt cocktail for my TN ect....

Talk to the pharmacist if you can talk to a doc. they are the next best thing.

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catlover25
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   Posted 5/12/2015 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I will talk to a pharmacist again. I think I talked to two different ones and one thought there could always be a chance it could cause these problems and the other didn't think it likely.

Meanwhile since I take it for a mood stabilizer if emotionally I can handle a lower dose I am gradually decreasing it and seeing if it will make a difference. Besides a compressed vertebrae in my upper back which the doctor's say is definitely not the problem, there seems to be no reason they can find for these random occurrences.

Thanks for the reply.

catlover25
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   Posted 5/12/2015 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I did just talked to a pharmacist and he explained to me how Topomax works to 'slow down' your system, etc. So he thinks there is always a possibility that the extra hard day and work and combination of Topimax could cause the symptoms. He said to talk to my psychiatrist and maybe get it changed to something else.

But I am going to try first to decrease it and see if I can manage on a lower dose.

Clairenicole87
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   Posted 5/19/2015 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
My doctor calls Topamax Dope-amax because it can have to neurological side effects. Its so weird!!!
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