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Posted by Amy Radtke on November 25, 2003, at 22:08:10

In reply to Re: Topamax-bipolar and weight loss? Galkeepinon msmelissa, posted by galkeepinon on November 8, 2003, at 13:13:51

I recently started topomax at 100 mg in evening. I was on Depakote 1000 mg but gained too much weight and refused to continue the meds since I am already overweight at 205# and 5'6". I went up to 217# in 6 weeks.

This is my first experience with a mood stabilizer and the depakote worked for it and the topamax seems to continue to work for it as well. I am beginning to notice the lower appetite others post about. I am wondering, however, if others notice the benefits of stabilized moods, better impulse control, less irritability, less depression. Also, do others experience such vivid dreams as I have been experiencing? They actually annoy the heck out of me when I sleep and disturb my sleep.

I do not notice the tiredness that others complain of except that I awaken a lot more during the night and I attribute that to the dreams waking me up and then difficulty falling asleep which causes me to be tired earlier in the evenings so I want to take naps which is not good either.

Have others notice this Rx to help pull them out of depression? I was diagnosed in 1989 with dysthymia and for all these years, until recently, was treated with every type of antidepressant out there. They help but never fully pull me all they way out so "normal" for me was never fully non-depressed, just getting by trying to keep a full depression away. Thus, they psych is trying a mood stabilizer after all these years and it's the first time I feel "normal". Anybody else relate?

Amy
radtk018@umn.edu


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