User Reviews for Topiramate

Also known as: Qudexy XR, Topamax, Topamax Sprinkle, Topiragen, Trokendi XR

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Review by oif_vet (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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9.0

Topamax (topiramate) for Seizure Prevention: Good medication, reduced My GMS disorder but now I see the effects of being on this medication. I've been on it for 3 years now and like I said it reduced my grand mal seizures. But I've lost 40lbs. I have trouble. Speaking the complete thought in my mind and I'm always exhausted. Though, I have other issues that affect my sleeping habits, as I am a veteran. Pros and cons so consider them.

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October 15, 2014 2:46 PM

Review by Amanda919 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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6.0

Topamax (topiramate) for Migraine Prevention: Worked wonderful to get rid of my headaches! For the first time in nine years I didn't have daily headaches. The side effects were awful though!! Ringing in the ears, dizziness, flushing, numb face/hands/arms/feet, the list goes on and on. My doctor had to wean me off of it.

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October 14, 2014 11:07 PM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

Topamax (topiramate) for Bipolar Disorder: Taking Topamax with Zoloft ... my first week was a tough but I feel so good. I have PTS, bipolar, depression, anxiety and in the 4 months I had three episodes and that's so good I was having episodes everyday. I feel good.

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October 2, 2014 3:37 AM

Review by Steph B (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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10

Topamax (topiramate) for Bipolar Disorder: I have been taking Topamax for mood disorder for the past six months along with my antidepressant and anxiety meds and I thinks it's GREAT! It's improved my mood so much with no side effect. I recommend it to anyone.

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September 13, 2014 1:23 AM

Review by usmcwife0341 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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4.0

Topamax (topiramate) for Migraine Prevention: I've been on Topamax for about 5 months now (100 am/100 pm) and finally giving up faith. The negative side effects outweigh the slight change in my migraines. Carbonated beverages taste terrible, I have to force myself to eat, I stutter constantly, I can never find the right words and often switch up words in a sentence. My memory is horrid, and I always see tracers, which is enough to drive anyone crazy. The only pluses are the slight decrease in consistency of my migraines and the weight loss.

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September 11, 2014 4:50 PM

Review by Ms treatment resistant:

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6.0

Topamax (topiramate) for Bulimia: I was on Topamax 2x 50 mg worked perfect for 31 days, then the effect wore off, now I am on day 3, Dr. Increased dosage 100mg 2x per day, works perfect. I am cautious as I have been 6 months relapse free on 60 mg fluoxetine before the effects wore off. Will give an update. I have been on all other kinds of SSRIs or SNRIs, which had no effect. My history, I am 42 years old, I have treatment refractory Bulimia since 28 years, purging type. Start with AN with a simple diet, normal childhood, no trauma or abuse, two lengthy hospital stays in the 80s and 90s 5 years of CGJung psychoanalysis all to 0 avail. Learned a lot but have never been in recovery. I try anything to be better.

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September 10, 2014 11:42 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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7.0

Topamax (topiramate) for Migraine Prevention: I've been on Topamax for about a week now great results. carbonated drinks taste horrible little confused in class but overall its a Lifesaver. My migraines had me suicidal.

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September 9, 2014 11:02 AM

Review by Moocowdisease:

Topamax (topiramate) for Smoking Cessation: This slows down my smoking but I haven't quit yet. It puts me in a better mood and mom said its to lose weight but I don't think so. The one to lose weight is phentermine. I take Topamax 100 mg twice a day, atenolol at night, and Klonopin at night. Atenolol sleeps my body and kKlonopin sleeps my mind and it makes dream really good like the show fat guy stuck in internet. It just puts you in your fantasy at night.

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September 3, 2014 8:09 PM

Review by Unanimous:

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8.0

For Migraine Prevention: I've been suffering badly with migraines nearly everyday for the past 18 months while sitting my GCSE exams, so it made it even more difficult as I couldn't concentrate. I was put on these tablets 2 months ago and they have massively helped, while they have not got rid of the migraines completely, rather than having one every day and not being good for anything at all times I tend to go weeks without one and just suffer with a migraine for 2-3 days which I much prefer as I know that most days I will be fine. I have had most side effects but they are manageable; pins and needles, memory loss, clumsiness, runny nose, sore throat, swollen joints, mixing words, tired all the time, unable to sleep a full night, lack of concentration and more.

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August 31, 2014 8:26 PM

Review by Mike_West Coast:

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2.0

Topamax (topiramate) for Obesity: Awful. I lost 10 pounds in 5 weeks before I had to quit Topamax due to side effects, which were terrible. They included: memory loss and "senior moments" which increased 10-fold, I think this medicine dropped my IQ at least 15 points, that "I'm not part of this world" feeling of disconnectedness; and overheating to the point that I simply could not work out. Gained the 10 pounds back within 3 weeks of quitting.

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August 31, 2014 1:47 PM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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10

Topamax (topiramate) for Fibromyalgia: This medication in combination with other medicines gave me my life back. I had unsuccessful or allergic reactions to other meds that I had tried. I thank my doctor and this medicine every day for giving me my life back.

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August 26, 2014 2:42 PM

Review by Wonder medication! (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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10

Topamax (topiramate) for Migraine Prevention: I've been taking Topamax (brand) for approximately ten years. Due to severe migraines this was the only medication to prevent what had been dabilitating headaches, nausea & vomiting, sensitivity to light, smell, sound, movement, and dizziness. After several years, my insurance refused to continue payment of the brand until I tried the generic tablets. After 3 days, the original symptoms returned. They finally approved continued payment of brand and now two years later they again have refused to cover (pay) for medication although it falls under the plan. For three months, my neurologist and I have issued appeals with no clear explanation of the denial. I would just like to again take meds to rid myself of this pain.

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August 20, 2014 10:32 PM

Review by Sam2287:

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1.0

Topamax (topiramate) for Migraine Prevention: Took a 50 mg last night before bedtime for the 1st time. Woke up like a zombie, my top lip numb, in a fog, soda taste metallic. I can't function on this medicine. I function better with migraines. I am a receptionist, and about to fall asleep at my desk.

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August 14, 2014 8:43 AM

Review by Swissalps:

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1.0

For Migraine Prevention: Although this medicine helps you fall asleep, you will not stay asleep. I would get a migraine an hour into my slumber then toss & turn all night and of course the cranky morning ensues. This med caused more migraines for me, stomach pain, and less sleep and that hardly outweighs my regular migraine schedule of pain three days in a row. More pain does not equal beneficial.

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August 6, 2014 3:06 PM

Review by manc_lover (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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8.0

Topamax (topiramate) for Bipolar Disorder: I've been on every medicine. I've had electroshock therapy. Medications don't really work for me very well. I'm only taking Lithium ER 450 mg right now cos my body can't handle more of it. I was taking Topamax for headaches, I thought, but my psychiatrist said it might help my mood. Been taking it for years. I didn't know that it did work for me until I stopped using it. I broke into a manic episode because I started taking that Garcinia weight loss thing, and I wasn't on the Topamax. Well, I guess Topamax DOES work.

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July 30, 2014 2:24 PM

Review by D1954 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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1.0

Topamax Sprinkle (topiramate) for Fibromyalgia: Not a good fit for me. Did not alleviate my symptoms and increased thoughts of death and feeling of hopelessness. Also experienced chronic urinary tract infections.

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July 20, 2014 5:26 PM

Review by Ali Marie:

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10

For Migraine Prevention: Topiramate has been my saving grace. I've suffered from migraines for as long as I can remember, since before age 5. I had one or more everyday and nothing would get of them. I had gone to the neurologist and even given up gluten. After trying topiramate for only a few days my life had changed drastically, I almost never get migraines and if I do they are very very minor and nothing a dose of Excedrin can't fix.

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July 18, 2014 10:26 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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7.0

Topamax (topiramate) for Migraine Prevention: By the time I started Topamax, I was getting migraines 2-4 days a week. Topamax seemed like the best fix. And for a while, it was. My migraines significantly reduced, though I did get most of the common side effects: slight tingling in my fingers, carbonated beverages tasted gross, and weight loss. My main warning about this medicine is weight loss. It seems to be paraded as a benefit, and to some it may be, but if you are already naturally slim, pay very close attention. I wound up dropping to an unhealthy weight despite all attempts to counter it, and it's ultimately why I had to stop Topamax. I was unwillingly wasting away. When I stopped, my migraines returned in short order, and I'm still looking for an alternative that works.

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July 16, 2014 11:00 PM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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8.0

Topamax (topiramate) for Migraine Prevention: I have been taking Topamax for 2 years now after trying many different medications. Yes I got some of the side effect mainly thought process was slow and word confusion that was real frustrating it is worse under stress. The all over tingling is not as bad anymore but not have headaches every day, you have to weigh you options.

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July 13, 2014 3:17 PM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

For Migraine Prevention: I haven't had a single headache in the last three weeks on my current dose of topiramate (50mg in the morning, 25 at night). The only side effects I have experienced are a decreased appetite and a tingling sensation in my hands which is only mildly annoying at worst. Also found that I became extremely drowsy when drinking alcohol with this medicine. Previously tried pizotifen 1.5mg which had no effect on the headaches and caused 15kg weight gain.

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July 4, 2014 8:07 AM

Review by DogLover425312 (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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10

For Fibromyalgia: I have tried a lot of different medications for fibromyalgia. Some work but cause significant weight gain. This one works significantly well. I actually stopped taking it for 3 months because my I didn't have insurance, and my body felt HORRIBLE. It became WORSE AND WORSE. I started taking it again and I felt SO much better. For those of you that truly experience the extreme fatigue and pain from fibromyalgia, I strongly recommend trying Topiramate.

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June 22, 2014 5:14 PM

Review by DIANA FORD (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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1.0

Topamax (topiramate) for Migraine Prevention: I used it for migraines. My side effects were: depression, dehydration, impaired thinking, confusion, drowsiness, memory problems, nervousness, trouble in concentrating, weakness, loss of appetite, vertigo, and SEVERE ANXIETY. After stopping this medication, I still suffer from severe anxiety and vertigo.

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June 10, 2014 7:18 PM

Review by T"CrazyOrNot"InMA (taken for less than 1 month):

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8.0

For Bipolar Disorder: I'm going into my third week on Topamax. For the twelve years previous to this medication, I was treated vigorously for clinical depression. (Clearly, to no avail.) My 'mood spikes' as my husband and I lovingly call them are already beginning to subside. My toes, fingers and nose do tingle, and now that my dose is doubled (third week, time to titrate up), I'm definitely losing my appetite. (I have a few pounds to spare, so I'm not mad about it!) I hope to update this page again in a month or so to let you know how the medication is going then. After being on every anti-depressant the market has ever seen, it's a God-send to have FINALLY been pointed in the right direction. (I'm 30 years old, married with a 2 year old).

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May 29, 2014 1:29 AM

Review by LovelyNi (taken for less than 1 month):

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10

For Obesity: I have been on Topiramate 25mg for 1 week to be exact and have lost 8lbs as of this morning. I feel this has been my savior. I have always been healthy (no high blood pressure, no diabetes, no High Cholesterol) however I've always been obese and worked towards trying to rid myself of the weight in efforts to prevent myself from getting those diseases in the future. This has given me the kick start I need. It reduced my cravings for sweets and carbs as well as suppressed my appetite. I do eat 3 meals a day (or at least I try to when I can remember) but for the most part, I have the same amount of energy, I sleep AMAZINGLY, and haven't had any major side effects as others have mentioned. All good here!

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May 27, 2014 10:07 AM

Review by allisanderson (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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9.0

Topamax (topiramate) for Migraine Prevention: Works extremely well to prevent my migraines.

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May 24, 2014 7:26 PM

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