So, exactly 3 weeks into Topamax. So far, hard to say yet how it's doing but I do have some side effects but none so bad to stop.
The odd soda effect is definitely there. Not a problem tho since I pretty much never drink it anyway. I have noticed that a lot of foods also tasted kind of "flattened" out. So, while I'm eating, I can't say that my appetite is as strong as before, because nothing really is appealing. This is a plus tho, since I'm a bit overweight (I'd lost 55 pounds over the past couple of years and still need to lose another 30 at least). It's helping curb me from overeating at the moment, so again, not a bad effect.
I have noticed some small amount of pins and needles feeling in my feet at times, but not constant or even daily (I don't think it happened at all yesterday in fact, or today yet so maybe that is going away?). The one thing which is concerning me is I've been feeling heart "flutters", kind of like my heart is occassionally skipping a beat and racing up momentarily. Again, this has happened maybe once or twice a day, not a constant occurance but something I think I should mention to my neurologist.
My mood is fine, no differences there. I think I'm sleeping better than I was. The first few nights I actually was having difficulty falling asleep, but that has passed. I've been having some difficulty waking up in the morning because I have to get up at like 6:15 am (I commute into NYC from NJ). This has been the most difficult part. I've taken to showering the night before. This buys me a lot of extra time to sleep a bit more, which seems to help. At least the sleepiness doesn't carry over into the daytime at all. Once I'm actually out of the bed, then I'm fine. But I have overslept a bit a few times. Thankfully, nobody in my office is ever on time (except me) - even my 2 bosses never get in before 10am, so the couple of times I was a bit late nobody was the wiser
Interestingly, yesterday, I woke up and felt very "pre-migraine". All day I felt like I was on the verge of getting one however, it never flared up at all inspite of the odd way I felt. By mid-afternoon, the feeling broke completely. So, maybe the Topamax is doing something already.
Just thought I'd post an update - maybe more for myself than anyone else. I'm trying to keep tabs on what this medication keeps doing.
Thanks for reading, if you did!