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Topamax Topiramate Migraine
Is indicated to treat epilepsy, but mainly a second line or adjunctive agent, and also useful to prevent migraine headaches. Has several adverse effects including: kidney stones, narrow angle glaucoma, metabolic acidosis, heatstroke in kids, paresthesias, slowing of speech and cognition, drowsiness. ...Read more
I suffer from migraines and pass out. I am on topamax, (topiramate) and migraine medication.... Any recomendations?
Exercise, magnesium: If the MRI and eeg are normal, aerobic exercise, regular low-carb meals, magnesium, coq10, and other supplements can help. Topamax (topiramate) can cause many side effects, including kidney stones in 20%, acidosis with fatigue and malaise, memory difficulties, and many other. Botox is much more effective, much safer, and now is covered by most insurance plans. Read more about alternatives at nyheadache. Com. ...Read more
Should i be concerned if my BMI is 18.8? I am a pro athlete but have seen it drop from 20.6 in 10 weeks since starting topamax (topiramate) for migraine
Normal BMI is...: 18.5 to 24.9. You are still within normal range. However, would be a good idea to determine why the decrease over only 10 weeks. ...Read more
I am currently taking topamax (topiramate) for migraine and experiencing cognitive deficits (memory). What are the best alternatives for migraine prophylaxis?
NOT SURPRISING: Topamax (topiramate) (sometimes known as "dopeamax") very often causes both speech and cognitive issues due to its affect on a short-term memory pathway (perforant pathway, ampa). Would advise considering possibly depakote, or Naproxen (not beta blockers or calcium channel blockers). But how about otc preps such as riboflavin, coq-10, butterbur, feverfew, maybe magnesium, and lastly botox? ...Read more
I know topamax (topiramate) for migraine also works as appetite suppressant, but what is the chemical reason? Does metabolism change or just taste for foods/amts?
I take topamax (topiramate) for migraine prevention, I was told I can't take OTC meds [tylenol etc] for pain whiletaking the topamax (topiramate). Why is that? Thank you.
Medication overuse: If you on a prophylactic med you may be having frequent headaches. Frequent use of otcs can lead to tolerance of medications and rebound or chronic daily headaches. ...Read more
Just diagnosed w/thrombocytopenia MPV 10.1fL. I'm on Propranolol & Topamax (topiramate) for migraine. Which is likely cause? If I stop meds will platelets return?
You must discuss it: Be certain that your Dr(s) know about the drugs you take and urge them to work on the best resolution of this situation. It's way too delicate, complicated and important for you to manage on your own. Their training is for this sort of thing and it's their responsibility to handle it. Be helpful and firm and persistent but trust experts on this. ...Read more
I take100mg topamax (topiramate) for migraine with 200mg seroquel topamax (topiramate) cuts my appetite when waking up I can't fall asleep easier should I take topamax (topiramate) earlier?
Depends : If topamax (topiramate) is keeping you awake, it certainly can be taken earlier. If your are on seroquel xr, you should take it earlier (by 3-4hours) so it peaks and makes you sleepy at bedtime. If it is regular release, take it 1/2 to 1 hour before bedtime. If you are driving in the evening you should not take your medications until you are ready for bed. If this does not help, consider melatonin. ...Read more
Topamax (topiramate): Topamax (topiramate) has several side effects. The most common side effect is numbness and tingling. Other side effects might include fatigue, taste change, weight loss, difficulty with concentration, difficult with memory, loss appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea .... ...Read more
Was given topamax (topiramate) for migraines but I've heard/read about the horrible side effects. Are they all true? I'm terrified!
Here is the deal: The drug information that is provided about medication side effects refers to "potential" side effects. It doesn't mean that you will necessarily get any particular side effects. ...Read more
I take topamax (topiramate) for migraines 2x daily, is it safe to discontinue it suddenly? I lost my insurance & it is to expensive for me to purchase.
On topamax (topiramate) for migraines dr wants to adjust meds 4 concentration issues I've had 1 migraines since oct & lost 50lbs I like this! Is there similar med?
Sort of: There are several meds that can help migraine, but none with the same appetite suppressant effects. But the good news is that the line/dose between cognitive effects and not is often as little as 25 mgs. Therefore, careful downward titration in 25 mg increments every month to 6 weeks might find the golden dose of headache control with clear thinking. ...Read more
See below: Typical dosage for many patients is 50 mg twice daily, but some pts may require more. Key is to take twice daily, and doses up to 200 mg twice daily may be needed, but side effects may limit. Other preventatives are available if problems occur. ...Read more
See HA specialist: Once a diagnosis of migraine has been made, effective management of migraine involves three specific strategies: 1) patient education, 2) nonpharmacological management, and 3) pharmacological (medical) management. See an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and professional management. ...Read more
Is 100mg the highest dose of topamax (topiramate) for migraines and can it be taken with other pills? Also, can you take it once a day or must it be split?
Not really: The clinical trial in migraine prevention used 100 mg as the maximal dose. Since the medication is not a delayed release preparation, should be administered twice a day. Increasing the dose can cause further resection in frequency and intensity of migraines, but at the risk of side effects. ...Read more
I have been on topamax (topiramate) for migraines for 3 months +not helpIng. I'mon 75mg am 75mg pm they are increasing in serverity since going pass 100 mg a day.
Try magnesium: Try mag nesium. The citrate form is easy to find but can cause loose stool. Start with 150 mg when you are not traveling and increase the dose to up to 6/day. If diarrhea occurs try magnesium taurate from lifeextension.org. Get you vitamin d levels to 60-80 and have your dr test the,m. ...Read more
Started taking topamax (topiramate) for migraines and getting new 'tension-type' headache. Is that typical side effect? Will it go away?
Not : But tension headaches may accompany migraines.Get a more detailed answer ›
I take 50mg topamax (topiramate) for migraines & I have problems with loss of appetite. I have not eaten in 3 days. Is this normal?
Expected side effect: I would not say this is normal, but it is a very common side effect of topiramate. You need to speak to your neurologist or whoever is prescribing this, because loss of appetite and long periods of not eating can be doing much more damage than just causing weight loss. Please see your neurologist and ask for a medication change. If change is not option, consider megase or marinol. ...Read more
Took topamax (topiramate) for migraines and recently stopped. Can topamax (topiramate) cause seizures even if you've never had a history?
I'm taking Trileptal for tinnitus& hyperacusis &recently started Topamax (topiramate) for migraines. Is it true that trileptal reduces amount of topamax (topiramate) in system?
I have gad/depression being treated for over 1 year. Have added topamax (topiramate) for migraines. Now experiencing manic days, and extreme lows. What should I do?
Let your: Physicians know asap. If you are not being followed by a psychiatrist — that would be important. Please address this issue promptly. ...Read more
I am taking topamax (topiramate) for migraines, but can I also take hydrocodone for a strained pec muscle and torn rotator cuff? Or is butalbital a better choice?
Opioid treatment: Did you look for a surgical solution? It will avoid opioids for a long time which is not good for your body. ...Read more
If I am on Lamictal for depression and Topamax (topiramate) for migraines will seizure activity still show up on my 24 hr EEG test?
Explanation: Both Lamictal and Topamax (topiramate) are anti-epileptic drugs, and both could control seizures in an additive fashion. But both have therapeutic ranges, and doses may not be sufficient to control all spells. You doctor obviously feels there may be break-through events that need to be confirmed. The EEG is likely very worthwhile. ...Read more
Started with twitching eye, then my biceps, now my hand.... Is it cause for alarm? Been off topamax (topiramate) for migraines about a month
I'm taking the drug topamax (topiramate) for migraines 100 milligrams a day how long I need to be off it if I want to get pregnant?
I - 3 months: The minimum 1 month but 3 months would be preferable ...Read more