Female Issues- Please help!!

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   Posted 8/12/2007 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on Topamax now for about 6 weeks and have gone from 50 to 100 mg- I have been so happy with the results... I can finally function again after 9 months of complete misery!!! I do have some side effects the numbness, the weight loss, the occassional brain lock up- I can live with all of those- to be able to live again! The one side effect I am concerned with and that is driving me crazy is the breakthrough bleeding- just curious if anyone else has experienced this. I have just realized this medicine is the cause. A month prior too this medication I recieved my first depo shot. I had spent many years on the depo a few years back without ever experiencing anything like this. I know it can happen so thats is what I thought it was. Just went to get on the pill to try to correct the problem and when I sat down and got to figuring dates the problem only came about 2 days after my first dose of topamax and I researched it and have seen this can be a side effect. I do not want to quit taking it but at the same time I dont want to bleed everyday which I have for 6 weeks. Im scared to tell my doctor - I think he may take me off of it- I know Im gonna have to but just wanted to see if anyone has been through this and if it is fixable.
Any advise would be greatly appreciated!!!

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   Posted 8/13/2007 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi mason25,

Welcome to Healing Well. Sorry to hear that you are having problems with Topamax. As you said you know you are going to have to tell your Doctor about this bleeding, and I can only endorse that!!! Topamax is quite a potent drug and can have real benefits for the headache, but sadly it has side effects that are equally as strong!!!

Thankfully these side effects do not trouble some people too much, but I was not able to get along with it, it is a very personalised thing!!! Please see your Doctor about this breakthrough bleeding as soon as possible and let us know how you get on!

take care

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 8/13/2007 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on Topamax and also experienced light breakthrough bleeding. I was on the pill and 125mg. of Topamax. I am currently off of the medication but not because of the breakthrough bleeding but because I found my trigger and I no longer have any migraines as long as I stay away from my trigger (Aquafresh Extreme Clean Toothpaste-weird huh?) I seemed to experienced breakthrough bleeding when I was tapering myself off the medication from 125mg down to nothing. I never experienced any breakthrough once I was on my regular dosagage of Topamax. Hopefully it will be the same for you.

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   Posted 6/7/2008 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I was also on Topamax for almost 8 months, and 2 weeks ago decided to taper myself off of it after seeing a naturopath to try to find out what my triggers are. I have had breakthrough bleeding now for about 10 days, I had been wondering if it was something to do with taking herbal supplements. Now that I have read this post I would think it is also related to coming off the Topamax. I have been totally off of it now for only 2 days, still experiencing breakthrough bleeding. I would be interested to know how long it could last for.
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