How long did your side effects last after tapering off Topamax?
- 1 May 2012 by Lyssa0124
- topamax, migraine, migraine prevention, seizure prevention, migraine prophylaxis, seizure prophylaxis, side effect, doctor, tapering
I was on topamax for about 3 months and at 75 mg. This drug was highly changing my mood and personality and it was only mildly effective at helping the migraines. I spoke with my doctor and he told me to wean off by 25 mg every 4 days. I took my last pill on day 12. I am currently 9 days free of Topamax but I am still dealing with pretty intense muscle spasms (eye, leg, feet) and I seem to feel dizzy and almost a little bit like a panic attack. I was wondering does anyone know how long it would take for this to wear off? I was only on the drug 3 months. I still fear I could have a seziure and I wonder if I weaned off too quickly. I am also a bit of a worry wart so that doesn't help any of my problems.
I would love to talk to my doctor about it but he doesn't like to return phone calls so I have taken to the internet.
17 May 2012
First off, you need to find a new doctor. It is not acceptable that your doctor, especially a sub-specialist like a neurologist does not return phone calls. You are having an adverse reaction to the removal of a drug that he prescribed.
The 4 days in between changing doses based on your comments was not enough. Typically the titration is 7 days between additions & reductions. Unfortunately this drug is a very dirty drug as you found out with your mood and personality changes. Hope things are well now.
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