Drug Ratings for TOPAMAX

Average Rating: 3.1 (1563 Ratings)

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 4  Addiction In descending of if how bad they are to me: irritability/agitation, depression, mild tingling of mouth/jaw, "can't find the right word", detached feeling, cloudy/fogginess. Up to 75mg now and slow titration seems to be key for me - especially in avoiding the grouchiness. Taking at night with a sleep aid helps avoid the physical side effects. I'm starting to feel that I have a "choice" with my addiction, which is great. The "pleasure" from my addiction seems to be diminishing which I attribute to the topamax, so I don't seem to be acting out as much or with the same intensity. I'll report more later as I go further along M 41 2 weeks
11/7/2007

 4  Constant Daily Headaches Lost weight.. about 20 to 25 pounds.. that I did not need to loose.. I went down to size 0 from size 4... Another side effect or maybe side effect that I want to ask women about.. First of all I stopped having periods.. So, my gyno wants to put me on birth control pills.. ( because of all the weight that I lost)... the second maybe side effect, yeast infections... did any of you notice yeast infections????? I started having yeast infections every months about two months after I started Topamax... It did help my headaches... they are gone.. after two years.. M 27 7 days
12/27/2007

 4  Severe Migraines Tingling in Hands, and face, Soda tasted strange. Side effects dissipated after a few weeks. Before taking topamax i would get 4 migraines a week lasting 12-18 hours even sometimes even with imitrex injections. Now during a bad month i'll get 4-6 total. I was on the lowest dose 50mg 2x a day, but i have now been moved to 100mg 2x a day. there are other drugs out there but this has been extremely effective for me. M 25 2 years
12/12/2007

 4  seizure erectile dysfunction M 34 2 years
2/4/2005

 4  Seizures/epilepsy Dizziness approx 2-4 times a week, needles in arms/feet every once in a while, SHRINKING FEELING. Cognitive issues; can't think of right word to use in sentence. I am extremely torn about this medicine. I am taking it in conjuntion with Keppra and Lamicital. This medicine stopped seizures almost instantly, but the cognitive side effects are extremely frustrating. Both the dizziness and the issues of thinking of the right word. The shrinking feeling is a side effect I have not heard about with anyone else, and I am interested to see if someone else is having. I hate it, but have gotten use to it. It usually occurs about 2-4 times a week. It lasts about 5-7 minutes, and everything around me seems to become very small; almost Alice in Wonderland like? It only started when I started the Topamax. I was slammed onto Topamax -400mg starting the first day- due to a sudden increase in seizures, and this caused a crazy M 29 2 months
1/29/2005
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 4  Seizures/epilepsy Dizziness approx 2-4 times a week, needles in arms/feet every once in a while, SHRINKING FEELING. Cognitive issues; can't think of right word to use in sentence. I am extremely torn about this medicine. I am taking it in conjuntion with Keppra and Lamicital. This medicine stopped seizures almost instantly, but the cognitive side effects are extremely frustrating. Both the dizziness and the issues of thinking of the right word. The shrinking feeling is a side effect I have not heard about with anyone else, and I am interested to see if someone else is having. I hate it, but have gotten use to it. It usually occurs about 2-4 times a week. It lasts about 5-7 minutes, and everything around me seems to become very small; almost Alice in Wonderland like? It only started when I started the Topamax. I was slammed onto Topamax -400mg starting the first day- due to a sudden increase in seizures, and this caused a crazy M 29 2 months
1/29/2005
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 4  Cluster Headaches I'm very Thirsty all the time, Insomnia, Spaced out. So far so good. I've only gotten slight 'shadows' this episode but they seem to remain only shadows since I started the topamax. I do miss my beer though :(. M 26 21 days
6/2/2005

 4  migraines ringing in ears, weight loss even though I am already thin, very strong tingling in extremities(hands and feet) to the point of painful, sinusitis- my sinuses flow heavy all the time now, soft drinks and some other foods do taste awful I started on 25 mg twice a day and worked up to 100 mg twice a day to control a migraine problem of 3-4 per week on average, but now have about 1 a week which is good. Topamax does work, but after 5 months none of my bad side effects have lessened so I am not really too happy overall about this drug. I gave a 4 rating because it works not because I want to keep using it. M 44 5 months
4/30/2005

 4  daily chronic headache weightloss, loss of appetite, picky eating, dull feeling like i was slow and couldn't comprehend things correctly. elbow pain has made me slightly tired i used to go to bed at 10 30 now it is 9 30. lost 20 lbs after 3.5 months on this drug and everything that i want to eat just doesnt sound good even when i feel hungry, it's weird. no bad headaches even though i still get little normal headaches but i can still function, unlike before. i would like to feel more alert but i resently switched from 25mg to 50mg so it might take time for my body to adjust. all in all i would say topamax is a good thing so far. M 17 4 months
10/22/2008

 4  migraines mild thought interruptions, a little more tired than usual midday, when upping my dose each week -I notice a day or 2 of of body adjustment with slower thought processes, but then fine. Sometimes, less ability to multi-task more than 2 things at a time. once in awhile mild tingling in hands. After 2 weeks, 25mg to 50mg, I've had 1 migraine each week, which is a fantastic improvement going from a constant heachache for a month straight, vomiting on a constant basis with dizziness & pounding thoughout my head & neck. M 38 2 weeks
4/8/2007
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 4  Bipolar/ADHD Stupidity, weight loss taken with amphetamine drug Made me ADD w/o the H 200 mg. day .... 150 okay less stupified... take at night and take 90 mg. of Dexedrine per day no side effects anymore M 1.5 years
3/26/2006

 4  panic disorder In the beginning-neuropathy in toes and fingers-went away after a few months. Was taking 200 mgs for a year or more but could not deal with the inability to formulate sentences-"loss for words" but after decreasing to 100 mgs-feel great! This drug has been a miracle cure for me as I have wanted to steer away from benzos for so long for panic-could not function without Topamax! M 40 2 years
9/22/2005

 4  bipolar So far I have had tingling in feet and hands ,,, stomach ache and taste of soft drink YUK,, Other than that I have only been on it nine days Feeling alot better ,,, mind is clear sleeping better than before was on Neurontin this drug caused me alot of negative side effects,, My only concern is I have glaucoma But I told by mu Doctor its ok to take the topamax,,, just be careful and have checkups,,, I also take lamicital 200mg at bedtime with busprione and rivritral,,, I hope this drug works out for me as I have been on every other drug there is and all others didnot work or caused me to gain so so mcuh weight it was unreal,, I have bene taking it 10 days,, I am 46 yrs old M 46 10 days
9/24/2005
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 4  Migraine prophylaxis Mild concentration problems, severe tingling in fingers/toes, sexual side effects (libido/performance). I went from 50 mg to 200 over 2 years to try to control intractable migraines. Doctor prescribed potassium for tingling, which helps some. B-vitamins allegedly help, too, but they didn't help me. Topamax helped more than Depakote or Keppra, both of which had horrible mood-altering side effects on me. Migraines are better, but not completely controlled. M 44 2 years
3/25/2007

 4  mood stabilizer first day or two, couldn't even write a grocery list. Numbness of hands, feets, and lips at times, especially after meals. This all goes away the longer you take topamax. I have very few side effects now except lack of appetite. I take 200mg of Topamax once daily. I also take 150mg of Wellbutrin. I've lost 20 lbs in 5 months. I recommend Topamax for weight loss as long as its combined with a walking program. As a mood stabilizer, it still left me depressed. It got rid of the "highs", but kind of made me feel a little less like my fun self. However, the weight loss is making me more confident so I'm sticking with it until I can't afford it. M 38 5 months
10/5/2005

 4  Adjunct for depression Appetite reduction The GOOD: - Didnt necessarily increase mood in a euphoric sense, but made me much more mellow. I would never get upset or aggressive at anything. - Increased lbido - Decreased headaches (I don't have migraines but I do have daily headaches and this got rid of them and enables much more sleep). The BAD: To be honest, only the appetite loss really bothered me. On 50mg, it was a bit too much for me and I found I was actually finding it harder to sleep. However, once I got down to 25 that was the sweet spot. But, since im a guy , the appetite loss wasn't wanted as I was starting to lose weight and thus finally weaned off. M 15 days
25 1X D
11/20/2012
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 4  Migraine Headaches So far I have experienced the following: (but please keep in mind my age) Dizziness, light headed in the mornings. Looking at the computer and BAM! Sleepy time! Cramping at times. Noticeable when sitting still, basically not doing anything. Rash of some kind. I am still adding up some details. Please feel free to contact me about other side effects I might have or I am having. HelpLess41@yahoo.com M 41 2 weeks
25mg 2X D
2/21/2012
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 4  cyclothymia i was taking it along with paxil to treat my anxiety and hypomania,topamax helped me but after a week there is too much drowsiness,dizzines and sleepy M 19 1 weeks
25mg half
4/11/2012
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 4  bi polar Carbonated drinks especially beer taste bad. Other than that I'm much easier to get along with at work and home. M 34 10 months
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4/7/2013

 4  Epilepsy Dry mouth, Short term memory failure, loss of concentration/words through mid sentence, feeling Dumb, insomnia, lower back pain, cold feet, loss of appetite, serious nasal congestion,and acne issues. After being on this medication for many years now, it has controlled my seizures for all those years, but it came with a price and that is the side effects. But after all the seizures I had to deal with before, it was worth it. M 48 4 years
300mg 2X D
4/25/2014
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 4  Migraines Weight loss :) Good for me. soda tasted flat,almost like a chemical. EXTREMELY tired.Tingling in fingers and feet. Dizzy. And pressure in head.. loss is breathing, felt like elephant on chest. I have been taking Topamax for a month now and lost 20 pounds which is great. But at first my head hurt slightly a lot.. And i constantly felt like i had a elephant on my chest, and always needed to take a deep breath like a short breath wasn't enough.. i felt trapped. I felt tingly in hands and feet. i felt dizzy and unbelievably exhausted.. But felt like i couldnt concentrate much in school either. M 14
25 1X D
2/23/2010

 4  cluster headaches stupidity - memory loss, trouble forming sentences, finding the right words, loss of concentration, loss of appetite, taste changes, tingling in extemities, lack of energy, confusion I recently started back on topamax after a new cluster began. I took this drug 5 years ago and it stopped the cluster after about one month. The side effects can be hard to deal with but no where near as bad as the daily headaches. If your Dr puts you on a 100mg or higher dose to begin with, find a new doc. This stuff requires you to start slow and build up to a dose that works for you. Start with 25mg at night for a week then 25 at night and 25 in the morn after a week, then 25 in the morn and 50 at night for a week, then 50/50 for a while. I was able to drop down to 50mg per day taken at bedtime to limit most side effects and still keep the pain away. I eased off the drug after 4 months and was OK as the cluster had passed and was headache free for 5 years. I'm working back up to 100mg per day now since this cluster started and have just has the first 3 days in a row with no headache. I will continue to take the med like I did last time knowing what to expect. I quit drinking carbonated soda (and beer) last time and never started back so no problems there. This med really makes soft drinks taste like crap but the caffine wasn't helping the headaches so it needed to go anyway. The side effects ease up after a while, especially if you can get by on a lower dose. I still keep some triptans around in case of a breakthru headache but I know with the topamax I can survive till the cluster passes and and all the side effects will be gone soon after I discontinue use of the drug M 37 4 months
50mg 2X D
4/12/2010

 4  Migraine Tingling/numbness in hands and feet, weight loss (~10%), loss of appetite, taste perversion / odd taste in mouth, trouble with "word finding" and spelling, lethargy Reduced migraine frequency to less than 1x/mo, but these side effects have not been unproblematic. At the moment I prefer them to basically being struck down randomly 3-8x per month by migraine, as does my thankfully accomodating employer, but in other situations in might be preferable to be at closer to 100% mental performance on my non-migraine days and just have to deal with the prospect of having to lose those migraine days when they come. As someone who is a part-time graduate student, and to whom intelligence (expressed in terms of verbal and written communication) was a very important part of my identity, it has been difficult adjusting to "the stupids". But on balance I have decided to stick with it. M 28 10 months
75mg 1X D
8/5/2010
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 4  Bipolar 1 MRE Drowsiness, deep thoughts, high, euphoria , Slow, hungry. I felt so deep into my thoughts that it felt as if I could solve any problem. And then when I try to say something I couldn't get the words out lol , make sense? lol I'm actually on it at this very moment. I just worry about the rare side affects. M 30 9 days
25mg 2X D
3/26/2011
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 4  Grand Mal Seizures Depression, drowsiness, inability to form logical train of thought, kidney stones. After reading others' comments, I agree that my social inhibition almost entirely disappeared since I started taking this drug. I also suffer from a drastic change in personality during the day. After a good night's sleep I feel and behave like my normal self. As I get more tired and towards the end of the day, I am told that I am more disagreeable than I used to be before I started on this drug. (The difference is that I have no control on this behaviour). My libido has also been enhanced, which could be a side effect of this drug. M 45 2 years
100 mg 3X D
4/3/2011
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 4  depression, mood problems soda tasted different, insomnia While on topamax not alot of things bothered me, the dark and scary things didn't really affect me. I would be able to sit and watch tv, and not hafta get up or move around. So it decresed restlessness. In other ways, even though it seemed very good, it seemed too good to be true at times. And at low doses can change your mood, or affect it in such a way as to change your personality. Is a good drug for the short term maybe, but u wouldnt want to take a drug for short term anyways. M 26
25 mg 1X D
10/20/2011
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 4  Hand Tremors Topamax and sugar are not a good combination. I have been on it for a year and it took me several months to figure out that whenever I have anything that contains sugar I will have stomach pain and if the amount of sugar is alot, i.e. ice cream, I might even get diarrhea. The only thing that will reduce pain is fresh made LIME juice, not pepto, or anything else over the counter. I lost 70lbs in 3 months. M 28 1 years
50 MG 2X D
8/3/2011
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 4  Migraines Weight loss. Lost 20 lbs. First few weeks experienced confusion and memory loss but that went away. Low blood pressure. My blood pressure was already on the low side but now I have to be really careful as Topamax has lowered it even more so I do have pass out occasionally Topamax has SIGNIFICANTLY helped my migraines. I was suffering from around 3 severe migraines per week and now I only get maybe max 3 per month. M 53 8 months
1/2/2009

 4  Migraines Weight Loss, Slight memory loss, especially in terms of vocabulary, Mood swings I was suffering from multiple daily migraines, and was prescribed this by a neurologist, as well as imitrex. After the first couple of weeks I immediately noticed the memory loss as well as the weight loss, though that was a small price to pay for living a pain free life. The pain was beyond description, so it comes down to how bad you want relief. Im very grateful to have been prescribed this, even if I do sound rather uneducated at times when I blank out during a conversation. Another thing i noticed was the first couple of weeks i started taking this, I would have mood swings where i would be depressed for no reason. I know it was a side effect of the medication because im not an emotional person, and its unlike me to be depressed like that. It went away though. Good luck. M 24 6 months
10/26/2009

 3  Migraines Topamax is a miracle drug for migraine avoidance, but not worth the side effects. The funny tasting carbonation effect went away, but the memory loss and inability to focus and process information increased. I quit taking it a few weeks ago and hope that I regain some intelligence soon. M 33 3 years
7/20/2009

 3  Migraines Just started, nothing to report yet M 28 60 days
7/28/2009

 3  Migraines Nausea, stomach cramps, loss of appetite, coke and pepsi taste flat, my spelling could be better,severe gastrointestinal issues, almost to the point where I thought I would be better of dead. My neurologist started me off at 25 mg and built me up to 250 mg BID, I have spent the past three weeks in bed, unable to move, unable to leave the house. M 46 6 months
5/2/2009

 3  Migraine At 200mg I became angry and aggressive all the time. I lost weight which I could not afford to do. Topamax worked very well for 7 weeks to stop my intractable migraines, which I have been having for atleast 15 days a month for about 4 years. However, after that it stopped working and I started getting intractable 10 day attacks which did not respond to my usual triptans. When my neurologist increased my dosage from 150mg to 250mg a day I became very angry all the time. I started getting aggressive to everyone around me and people said that they did not recognize me anymore. I have now come off the drug and am trying sodium valproate once again. M 43 6 months
7/16/2008

 3  Complicated MIgraine, Migraines Appetite Loss, Severe Tingling/Electric Shocks, Myoclonal Jerks, Muscle Twitching Classic Migraine Sufferer, was in remission but a cluster in December 2007 left me with persisting Visual Snow, Tinnitus, Palinopsia, Photophobia, depression and sparodic monocular diplopia and other symptoms typical of a complicated Migraine episode. I started on 25mg of Topamax and stepped up to 50mg. The classic migraine episodes ceased, though I continued to have migraine aura-like episodes followed by very mild pain. During the initial 25mg and the step to 50mg I encountered myoclonal jerks and muscle twitches / fasciculations which can likely be associated with the Topamax. When the Neurologist recommended an increase to 100mg, we did it 12.5 mg at a time. I did not encounter significant myoclonal jerks, but did have a return of the muscle twitches and fasciculations. The tingling is extreme - like electric shocks - and happens in my hands and feet. These shocks once induced a tremor in my right thumb that subsided with the shock sensation. I lost approx. 20lbs that I M 36 3 months
3/27/2008

 3  Migraines Main problem for me is muscle twitching/fasiculations especially in arms. Goes away when topamax is stopped and starts up again when I restart med. Also carbonated beverages have a protracted zing to them. Some mild depression perhaps, hard to say for sure at this point. Bad headaches have stopped and I've been able to break my triptan habit and rebound headaches. At this point I'm having periodic mild headaches. Topamax dose still low but not sure I can tolerate higher dose. Also on propranolol which may be helping as much as topamax. M 54 21 days
1/27/2009

 3  cluster headaches inability to concentrate, fatigue, failure to find correct words when speaking, numbness in fingers, toes, lips. M 43 30 days
2/25/2009

 3  Migraines Weight loss - 15lbs in 3 weeks, memory loss - forgot my own phone number, feel constantly in a fog, nausea, blurred vision Has decreased my migraines M 52 4 weeks
6/27/2008

 3  Bulimia/weight loss/mood stabilizer In contrast to most views of Topomax on here, I have had little to no side effects. I take 100 mgs twice a day. It makes me drowsy, but that effect is wearing off. From what I've read, the main reason I don't have side effects such as tingling sensations, numbness, hair loss, and mental difficulties is that I happen to take vitamin supplements already that Topamax seems to deplete or require more of in the body. These supplements are: Multivitamin, Vitamin-B Complex, Vitamin-D3, and Flax-seed Oil capsules (Omega-3's). For some reason some or all of these supplements prevent most of the unpleasant side effects associated with Topamax. I am pretty excited about Topamax, especially because it just went generic as topirimate so now it's really cheap. I am really, really hoping this drug will give me some relief from my binge eating disorder which makes my life kind of stressful. Losing a significant amount of weight would definitely be nice, but it would be even nicer if Topamax could ease the struggle about binging/purging in my MIND. I'm hoping this won't just be a band-aid, but will be a multifaceted component to my emotional recovery. M 27 2 weeks
12/1/2009
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 3  Bipolar Loss of appetite, tingling tongue and feet, tight stomach, gas It appears I am one of the few males taking this med and of the few who are taking for mood disorder. The med is very new for me. I am now on 50 mg, nightly. My mood has been swinging up and down since I started the med (not good), so cannot give it a 4 yet. It could be because I am titrating down from a high dose of Risperidal and Lamictal. I can feel why this is a med you have to go up slowly on. The side effects hit you pretty quick. The loss of appetite started by day three and I was only on 25 mg. I do appreciate a medication that has taken away the zombie sugar cravings! Now seeing a box of Cap'n Crunch turns my stomach! :) I am taking a multi-vitamin, and B-complex hoping to ameliorate the cognitive disruption (however as I write this I am using the spell check. LOL). Email me if you want to know more. I have a lot of hope in this med. It would be nice to be in control of my body AND my mind, at the same time, (it has been a long time since). M 45 3 weeks
1/21/2010
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 3  migraines had bad migraines, started taking topamax, i have all the side effect as everyone. tingling in feet and hands and in face. My memory is crazy. Its hard to hold a job and some times i cant remember my name. I had botox added because it was approved by the FDA. That was a life saver. It has helped to take the extra pain that i was having when i was curled in a ball and wanting to kill myself. I was taking 2-3 showers a day just for relieve. If you can get shot, i get in forehead, neck and shoulders. M 46 10 years
200mg 1X D
1/30/2012
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 3  migraines It improved my focus and mood at first. I felt better mentally at 50-100mg. But it caused GERD at 100mg which got worse at 150mg and became volcanic at 200mg. I would throw up in my mouth after taking a sip of water. It was constant and intolerable. At 150mg I became aggressive and had daily bouts of rage in the morning and at bedtime, where I'd get in mental fights in my head with doctors and people at work. It started to come out at work and I almost quit my job. Insomnia - about an hour each night, set in at 150mg as well. I also felt the little pains of kidney stone formation each time I raised or lowered the dose. It also became difficult to breathe through my nose at night at about 150mg so that I had to use breathing strips. Overall, the bad outweighed the good. The pain prevention was slight at 50mg, and each additional 50mg was a slight improvement. I probably would have needed to get to 300mg-400mg to prevent the pain completely but I was a wreck with the side effects at 200mg, and it wasn't worth it at 50mg when the worst side effects faded. M 35 2 months
200mg 1X D
9/5/2010

 3  migraine and weigh loss My doctor describe me this medicine but I had no idea it was such a strong pill and with so many side effects i have been searching the internet all night because i have never taken any medication for anything in my life,this is my first time,i was having a lot of headaches ,maybe anxiety ,stress went I went to the doctor,i was working and i would feel sick and almost passed out,lots of pain in my head... around my eyes, like my head was going to explode,plus i gained 35 pounds i transformed... So she said this medicine will be good for me. Now i have been feeling really weird lately i cant sleep at all for like 3 weeks, my eyes are wide open all night long i wait for my alarm every morning.i am so tired but cant fall sleep. everytime i take the med my eyes twitch its so annoying , i feel a little depressed and dont wanna do anything.After I eat i feel the food stuck in my throat.but thats good cause I need to lose weight anyways.i just wanna sleep im going to see my doc on dec 10 and i think im dont wanna take it anymore i dont feel good about taking meds anyways,its not natural,its not me, my headaches are gone and i dont feel sick anymore.... so.... its confusing... i dont know what to do.... im going crazy if i dont sleep!!!!!!!!!!!!! M 31 1 months
100 mg 1X D
11/26/2010

 3  depression, mood stabalizing increased tingling (meaning pins and needles) in feet/legs/arms if i sat weird for periods of time (i became more aware of my posture to prevent it). soda=flat taste, weight= lost 15 pounds, appetite = slowed at same rate my thinking did. Had to increase prozac to fight INCREASE in depression at 200mg/topamax Now that I'm one week off of topamax, all the prozac "figit-ness" is back full force at night now that topomax isn't there to muffle it any longer. I like having a "quieter" body from the topomax - meaning taking down the - i gotta jiggle my leg,can't stop moving motor-movements - i didn't realize i got so used to with just prozac alone. however, topomax also muffled my intellect. After discontinuing the drug 5 days ago I've noticed,coinciding with my bodies rise in activity and motion and restlessnes, which I didn't miss at all, came a rise in speed-of-thought, word-recall, anetdotes and stories. They all seem like they flow instantly from my mind to my mouth unlike the gradual softening and slowing and quieting I had experienced the past 5 months I've been on topomax 100 (about 2 months at that dose), then 200mg/day. Now off of it my old "personality" is shining thru again, and I hadn't even realized it was so gone until i started coming OFF the topomax and saw it return. A night and day difference there, really. Overall though, to be honest, I didn't really mind being slower, less funny, less energetic, because I felt more "comfortable" ... like the topomax made me ride like a cushy Cadillac (no gunning it at a green-light or fast corners can be taken!), while back to my old self again feels like a sports car (quick throttle, can turn on a dime, but the ride is rough as hell - not made for cruising and you're tired after drivi M 30 5 months
200 mg 1X D
5/31/2010

 3  migraine hallucinations, weight loss, strange thoughts When I was given this prescription I wasn't told to titrate up to the 100 mg per day so i started taking 100 mg right away. I started having hallucinations where i was being followed around by a small elephant and I saw and talked with my dead mother. I also lost 70 pounds in 3 months. When I told my Dr. that I was standing at my kitchen sink doing dishes and I looked up and saw myself standing there in front of me,looking back at me his advise to me was that I should call mental health and he wrote down a number for me to call. My doctor never connected the Topamax with the symptoms I was having. I tapered off the drug and continued losing weight eating 4000 calories daily for 5 more months until the weight loss stopped. This drug can either be a miracle drug or a death drug and it all depends on the chemistry of the human that ingests it. The medical community should be better informed about its crap shoot varying effects it has on those that use it and to NOT START AT A LARGE DOSE RIGHT AWAY. M 50 3 months
100 1X D
12/30/2012
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 3  migraines Numbness/tingling that starts in my left pinky and ring finger and then moves to my middle finger, then to right hand then to left foot. Have been numb in all 3 at once. Temporary loss of train of thought, sleepiness and suppressed appetite. M 33 1 weeks
25mg 2x/d
2/27/2012
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 3  Migraine Sex drive gone. Forgetfulness. Lack of concentration. Eye problem. Legs feel heavy. Feeling drowsy. Helps to reduce migraine. M 55 2 years
50 1X D
6/18/2012
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 3  mood stabalizer I noticed right away that I studder, I am always having a hard time getting words out, which is very embarrassing. always have dry mouth. I have been on lithium before and I would say this is much better as far as weight gain. I also think by taking this I never can feel really happy or excited. M 27 2 years
9/10/2006

 3  Migrane Confusion, hard time focusing, slow time processing, dry mouth. I don't know about the appetite yet - I'm fasting with diverticulitus presently. That will make anyone lose weight. I sleep well, even with naps because I also take Amitriptyline, another migrane prevention drug. I highly recommend it! Started T'max at 25 MG, now 50 MG. Supposed to work up to 100 MG, but I think I'll go back to 25 MG where I had no problems and no migranes. I need to think. I don't like being a vegtable. M 48 2 weeks
7/1/2006
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 3  Migraines Urination frequency issues, abdominal pain Just started... Seems to be helping but it's really too early to tell. M 30 8 days
4/22/2006

 3  Headaches Sexual Side Effects. No orgasm and PreMature Experiancing loss of desire in sex and climax and finish premature. Feel nothing "Orgasm" M 38 30 days
10/5/2005
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 3  migraines tingly fingers and toes like the were having a seizure. NO SODA'S. headaches decreased by 80%. kidney stones, severe kidney infection. i dont think it hurts to try. but becareful and eat lots of bananas and drink lots of water. hope you like it. that and tea are all that taste good. M 24 6 months
10/13/2006

 3  migraines Insomnia, slightly light headed, pins and needles for first couple weeks. Decreases the length of my migraines slightly by about 25%, not a miracle drug for me by any means but worth a try for migraine sufferers. My "migraines" are really tagged that but are not classic in any sense but are classed that because they have no other classification. I survived an electrical shock when I was 19 from an industrial accident at work, I was instructed to cut through a live 630 Volt DC panel line, might not sound like much and I really only suffered superficial burns cause DC is single charge it throws you away from the charge. So it threw me into a wall about 8 feet away when it exploded. It was a 15 Amp mainline Tech cable feed for a planar mill though and entered through my right hand and exited through my head. I blacked out and woke up in the hospital to a flatline machine. Anyway I've had headaches ever since the muscle aches and back pain went away the head pain didn't. Topamax seems to shorten my headaches a bit in length but not in severity. I was M 29 2 years
2/24/2006
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 3  seizure Some of the side effects I have expericenced are memory loss ,tingling in feet, can't sleep for more than five hours. I have recentally developed a need to urinate frequently. I have lost some weight but not any great amount. Have lost desire for sex but that could be my age prior to taking topamax. I was expericeing pain in my shoulders but I have started playing pickle ball four or five times a week and the shoulder pain has gone away. I'm a great beleaver in excersise and it's positive effect on your whole body. My appitite is less that before I started the medication. I do seem to get more aggravated over simple things. I was started on this medication after a seizure but didn't feel I needed an additional medication but the doctor said the measured level at the time of the seizure should have prevented having one. I am not sure i didn't take some dilantin prior to feeling the seizure coming on but aggreeded to take the new prescription. I have been seizure free for two years with the addition. I'm prescribed 100mg but only take 75mg. and it has worked. M 69 1 years
3/3/2006
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 3  seizures Numbness in right leg, trouble speaking, body odor, weigtloss, diaharea. Constant tingling in hands and legs (this went away after my dosage was upped, but the Numbness in my leg grew worse.) I don't mind the weight loss that much, but I value my speech, I only had a seizure once or twice a year anyway, after going on it, it descreased the chance of having them but I still have them once every about two years. M 17 4 years
10/26/2005

 3  Migraines Weight-loss (first 3 weeks only), stomach cramps, diarreah, sleeplessness, numb fingers, arm and leg cramps I have been working may way up the dosage scale, and I think it is starting to work...but there are a lot of side effects...I guess it is worth it to not have pain every single day, but now I have all these other problems. There is no end to things. M 26 6 weeks
7/25/2005

 3  Migraines weight loss, the loss of words when trying to speak, tingling in my fingers and bad ache I was informed that this medication decreases the effect of birth control, what are people doing when they are on this medication to prevent pregancy? Please email me to give me some advice. M 27 4 months
3/22/2007
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 3  Hypo-mania, binge eating While spinning up on Topamax (2nd day) and spinning down on Trileptal I experienced vertigo, significant cognitive blocks, and panic. This occurred for 15-30 minutes and then subsided. I had a few headaches already (possible dehydration?). High glycemic carb cravings dropped slightly. My bank account seems to have money in it. No impact on sex drive. While I am thrilled about the prospect of losing weight, I am more excited about the prospect of living life without hypo-mania: No more excessive spending. No more pushing down thoughts of screwing every attractive girl. No more hyperactivity and embarrassing myself because of it. No more feeling like I have a million projects to do and none are getting done. M 35 4 days
4/25/2005

 3  Migraines Very itchy body on 3rd week of treatment (75mg). Doctor tells me the symptoms are temporary, Ya ok, he doesn't have to live with it. Is there anyone else out there who also experienced an itchy body symptoms? And if so did it pass? I would Love to make this drug work for me, but I cannot live scratching myself 24/7. M 38 3 weeks
3/7/2005
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 3  Eating Disorder & Depression & Pain At first, (25 mg) only mild taste problems, and what felt like an eternal stomach ache and bloating. Over 6 weeks, up to 150 mg now, stomach ache and bloating have worsened, sleep pattern is irregular, now taking slight doses of trazadone as a sleep aid (not helping, working out alternatives with my doctor currently), as well as irritability has worsened to the point of having to look at medication for management of that as well. Other than that, weight loss (29lbs in less than 2 months), only because I no longer even remember to eat, or when it is mealtime. Thank god that my roommate remembers when it's time to eat! This drug is not for the light of heart, make sure you understand ALL of the possible effects before deciding to take it. Based on where it works in the brain and what it does, some of the more severe, but acceptable side effects, are to be expected. I have had more than one instance of completely being at a loss for words (and I am a 35 year old college grad that has worked in the PR sector for years!) M 35 5 months
9/30/2007

 3  Weight loss Dry mouth, headaches, urinary burning, dry eyes, Other meds caused weight gain so this drug was used to counter the effects of the former...it was effective...25 lbs so far lost. M 50 18 months
7/9/2007

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