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Re: migraine control and weight loss bridgey1128

Posted by headachequeen on January 14, 2004, at 15:58:30

In reply to Re: topomax, posted by bridgey1128 on January 14, 2004, at 9:49:01

> It stopped at the 25mg and I knew it was ok to >move on up to the 50mg. WHOO WEE!! DON'T move up >to the next dose too soon...lost my eyesight for >a couple days...scary stuff. Kat helped me >though! THANKS!!! The tingling thing is back so I >am assuming that will go away. My dr told me that >weight loss is usual around 150mg and higher. I >haven't experienced too much weight loss but I >have noticed a decrease in my appetite. I guess >everyone is different and responds differently to >drugs. I also take it for bipolar and not >migraines. Maybe that affects the side effects >too... Hope this helps some!


My neurosurgeon gave me a schedule to follow with a copy for the pharmacy...
I started at 25 mg each evening for two weeks, then increased in 25 mg increments at two week intervals... when I had reached the 200 mg level, I began to take 25 mg in the mornings, increasing the same way until I reached the 220 mg...
I did make a mistake and didn't read the schedule properly and started taking it in the am which led to upset stomach so I was not impressed at first...
the neuro told me not to increase the dosage until I was ready and the schedule repeated that recommendation, to increase at my own level of comfort but no faster than at two week increments...

when I got the timing right, the upset stomach disappeared and we began to get along the topomax and I...
I do have the tingling extremities but then I already suffered from that to an extreme thanks to Tegretol so I cannot tell if Topomax has increased it... there was hair loss at one point, but I already had a problem with that BIG TIME from Tegretol and Murph on this list mentioned Biotin and vitamins... no more hair loss and the dry straw hair is no more so Tegretol is weeping in its little plastic bottle although my hands always feel numb and cold and asleep as do my feet and sometimes my forearms... classic Tegretol symptoms I am told by my orthopaedist...
I take the Topomax to control migraine as a side effect to its seizure control and it is has worked in controlling the migraine almost since day one.. I have not had a migraine since January of last year... and have been taking Topomax since January of last year...
From the early days of taking the stuff I lost my appetite... and began to lose weight.. have said this over and over again I know but someone just asked again...
lost three pounds or so the first week...
I have just taken a load of clothing into the consignment store... and all of it really great stuff I might add... size 16, 14, and so on... today I was buying size 9 slacks and jeans...
sweaters in size small... I had to take in my favourite London Fog coat... a wonderful rust tweed with fur around hem and collar size 18 and bought a suede jacket that can't begin to compare in a small.. there was a coat I have long wanted to own... the style that is, a full-length Inuit embroidered coat in rust, with wolf-fur around the hood and at half-price and in a 1-x re-Topomax and I would have been able to wear it... today I could have worn it three or four times...
I have no head-aches, and am back on the yoghurt, eggs and protein craze... no diet to follow, this is just what I want... when I feel like eating...
and some days it is late in the day before I feel at all hungry...
even coffee doesn't appeal to me...
on that note, I suggest someone call in the medics.. there must be something drastically wrong.. I used to drink it by the gallon...
but I pour a cup and then look at it.. and wonder why I bother...
Scary stuff LOL
kat


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