My physician has given me a prescription for Topamax for weight loss support. This program will be supervised and I will see the Dr weekly. An EKG and blood work were required and all normal, however cholesterol and sugars were getting up there. My physician told me I'm not at risk for breast or lung cancer or lots of other diseases judging by my lifestyle and family history, but I am at risk for stroke or heart attack if I don't lose around 35-40 lbs.
I'm well aware that programs like Weight Watchers are successful and that patients don't keep weight off unless they change their eating habits, but I'm going to jump start my weight loss with the Topamax. I also take:
Clonazepam 0.5, Straterra, Viibryd and Diovan. I occasionally use a rescue and a maintenance asthma inhaler.
I'm hoping not to be lectured, but rather to hear about anyone's experience with Topamax for weight loss. I know it must have worked well as it is now FDA approved for that purpose.
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Topamax for Weight Loss?
18 Feb 2015
Hi All.. I have only been on Topamax for 1 week, and maybe it's psychological, but my appetite seems to be increasing. I've been on a diet for 5 weeks, and I've only lost 13 lbs. Hence, I went to my psych... and asked him to take me off of my Abilify for Bipolar and change me to something that didn't cause weight gain. I've just increased today to 50 mg twice/daily. I don't know if that will change my cravings for sweets, but I certainly hope so...
I do suppose I also need to increase my own willpower, and throw away all the sweets in my cabinets, but I only have a couple there because I "was" allowing myself one treat every two days. Now, I seem to be eating a treat two to three times/daily... Arghhhh...
Any advice or suggestions on my dosage or if this will change would be appreciated. Thx in advance!
31 May 2013
Hi Amy and other friends!
To update everyone, I have lost 24 lbs. yay! Topamax really has had the effect on me that I'm generally uninterested in food and portions of anything I do eat are very small.
I have experienced the same tingly hands and feet, but most frustrating has been the impact on my short term memory. I see why they call it "Dopamax!" It's frustrating when you can't recall the name of your 10 yr old dog or your neighbor's husband. I'm aware of this now though and try to use a little mind control-deep calming breath, a few minutes relaxation, reassurance that I'm not turning into a vegetable and the word usually comes to me.
Willpower is still needed in social situations and I have been amazed at how much mindless eating I previously did. I eat mindfully now and hope I can continue this as a permanent lifestyle change. I've managed to keep the weight off back in Europe for the last month and don't feel I have deprived myself.
I have not talked to my Dr yet about going off of Topamax and I'm not looking forward to that process. If anyone can offer any wisdom or share their experience getting off Topamax I'd be very grateful.
Thanks for your support.
29 Dec 2014
I was prescribed Topamax for migraine control. After a few months I had lost 30 lbs. At first no one knew why. I ate whatever I wanted but couldn't seem to gain weight. I was to the point where I was looking too thin. Tests were done, but no one had an answer. They thought I might be terribly sick. Turns out being on topamax and exercising had increased my metabolism. I stopped taking it and an now at a healthy weight again. Topamax from what my docs said, doesn't control appetite, it just speeds metabolism.
2 Oct 2013
I am starting Topamax this week, I am very nervous about some of the side effects that people have been reporting and hoping that with low doses that they are minimal. I already feel like my attention isn't what it used to be and am already a little on the forgetful side... I sure hope this doesn't make it even worse :/ I have a solid 45 pounds to 60 pounds that I need to lose, has anyone been on topamax long term for weight loss purposes?
Thanks so much!
26 Feb 2016
I was given topomax to loose weight in 2014 I moved to tulsa ok my neourglist recommend me not take it ask me to get rid of it because it not good he said he been a Doctor 30 something years he will never prescribe any one that so he has retired now I have a new Doctor she have put me back on it with a lower dose I went from ,100mg. To 25mg
5 Jul 2015
I was prescribed topamax for migraines. It has helped me tremendously. I do not have a weight problem but loss around 25 pounds on topamax. I guess it works best if you don't have a weight problem. It made food taste different to me to the point high calorie foods were no longer palatable. It actually made me eat better and crave cold water. Therefore I lost weight. I wish luck to those who are taking it specifically for weight loss therapy.
2 Jun 2015
I was just prescribed this today by my doctor and have about 110 lbs to lose to get back into the healthy weight. My doctor made me aware of a very rare side effect of Topamax. She said that in very few cases it has caused Glaucoma to form in the eyes. She made me swear if I noticed ANY changes in my eyesight I would immediately go to my doctor. I wanted to put this out there because I read at least one response of someone stating they had blurry vision.
14 days ago
I was started on 25mg then up to 50mg and noticed a huge improvement in appetite, but unfortunately it stopped working for me after only 2 months; and with the side effects being pretty bad at only 50mg, I couldn't handle the idea of going up on the dose. I was exhausted all the time, felt like I had to take several naps a day, and also got the brain fog/ trouble with memory side effects. It kind of felt like my personality was going away as well.
22 Dec 2015
My doctor just recently prescribed me 50mg of Topamax to take twice daily for debilitating cluster headaches. Over the past few days I've noticed some slight tingling in my fingers and my feet, upset stomach, but the main problem that I'm having is the feeling that I all of a sudden get while I'm just sitting on the couch watching television inside of my head, face, and my neck. It literally feels likes all the blood had rushed to my head, face, and neck. It literally happens in a matter of seconds. It's the feeling that you get when you're upside down, and it feels like my head is going to explode any second from all the pressure. No pain, just pressure. I stand up and start walking around, and nothing helps. I walk over to the mirror each time so I can see what my face looks like and the color of my skin. I want to make sure it's not turning purple or blue. It looks normal, but it certainly doesn't feel normal.
At times the pressure is so intense that it will start itching, and gradually the sensation will move down my arms as well. Has anyone else had anything like this occur to them while taking Topamax? Please help because this is about to drive me crazy!!
- Topamax Information for Consumers
- Topamax Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Topamax (detailed)
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