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A 49-year-old female asked:

i'm relatively new to "topiraramate" now taking 25mg morning & night - how long before drowsy feeling wears off ?

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Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
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Several days.: Sleepiness and drowsiness are among the most common side effects of Topamax (topiramate) and among the reasons that doctors start with a low dose and work up gradually to the ideal dose. Topamax stays in your system a fairly long time. You might ask your doctor if you can take the total daily dose near bedtime until your body gets used to it.
Dr. Loretta Obi
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Unsure.: Somnolence is a common side effect of Topiramate. You may never get used to it. Inform the prescribing doctor about the side effect and your concern. Good luck.

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A 20-year-old female asked:

How can I stop myself from getting sleepy everytime I eat?

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Falling asleep while drowsy after lunch for no reason?

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Is there a herb or homeopathic remedy for making me less sleepy?

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Quite possibly but..: If you are sleepy, the first thing should be to see a doctor to determine the cause. There are many possible causes like sleep apnea, allergies, low thyroid or adrenal function, poor diet, anemia & chronic infections. Many herbs (like ashwagandha, rhodiola, cordyceps) may help, but may not be the answer. An individualized homeopathic remedy may help. My first advice is to find and treat the cause!

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