User Reviews for Topiramate
Also known as: Qudexy XR, Topamax, Topamax Sprinkle, Topiragen, Trokendi XR
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Reviews for Topiramate to treat Obesity
"I was prescribed topiramate for daily post-concussive headaches, and I also needed to lose weight. The first three weeks were really rough, and I was unsure if I could take this medicine long-term. I started off with 25mg the first week, 50mg the second, 75mg the third, then 100mg as my permanent dose. I took it before bedtime as instructed, but I had next day drowsiness so bad that for three weeks I felt like I was going to face plant at any moment. Also, the nausea was so bad that I barely ate. Thankfully, both of these side effects stopped after about 3 weeks as did most of my headaches. I've also lost 22 lbs in 2 months. The best part is that it has given me control back in that I eat smart and don't have unhealthy cravings."
LoveThisMed (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 30, 2016
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"I've struggled with the weight roller coaster since pre teen. I was prescribed topamax 3 months ago but quit within 3 days because I didn't feel different and my appetite was unchanged. Last week I ran into a friend who has was significantly over weight and suffered from depression. She has lost 50 lbs in past year while taking topomax. So, needless to say I've started taking 25 mg in morning and 25 mg at night. Tomorrow I'll increase to 50 mg at night. It's only been a week but I haven't had any side effects."
Rita63 (taken for less than 1 month) March 22, 2016
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"I went on topiramate January 2012 for migraines with positive results. By the end of of 2012 I had lost 85lbs. I had also lost the ability to form sentences because I couldn't find words and was constantly in a fog. That is not good if you're a nurse. Also my short term memory was non existent also not good for an acute care medical nurse. By the time the side effects became debilitating, I had to take a short leave of absence to sort out my situation. In the end, the medication was discontinued and I gained 23lbs of the weight back. I'm not upset because now I have my short term memory back, plus I've returned to work migraine free. I'm still better off because I'm still thinner than before I started with topiramate."
Marlowe65 (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 10, 2016
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"I take topiramate and phentermine together and it works great I lost 50 pounds in 5 months taking them in the morning I have no appetite all day and night I have to force myself to eat and I eat what I want but not a lot of it. My side effect is dry mouth. I was on Qysmia which is those two drugs combined but very expensive and the insurance won't cover it."
Maryhoyt February 17, 2016
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"I started a very low dose of Topiramate to help prevent my frequent migraines. I did notice a decrease in frequency but my weight has SKYROCKETED! I've always battled to stay at my ideal weight. I am a gym rat and an avid walker, walking everyday of the week at least for an hour. I've gained 35 lbs in six months. I've tried every diet in the book, gone to every doctor and gotten every blood test. Everything is fine except now I'm getting a fatty liver because of my weight gain! I don't drink and eat super well. I didn't wear shorts once last summer because I was so embarrassed. The only thing I can think of is this drug. To me, I'd rather have more migraines (thankfully triptans work for me) than be obese. Can't take it anymore. Going off!"
Walking like I mean it (taken for 1 to 2 years) February 17, 2016
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Topamax (topiramate): "I suffer from migraines and also am overweight. So the Dr prescribed me topamax for both. I weighed in at 209 on Feb 2 2016 and today Feb 12 2016 I am 203. So far so good with the weight loss. I'm not to pleased with the side affects however. I feel fuzzy all day. Like I'm on a cloud, Dizzy. Tingling and nubness in my fingers and toes. Hasn't helped my migraines at all either. It does though not make me hungry at all. I have to force myself to eat because I know I have too. I don't see myself taking this medication long term. I'd rather try and lose the weight naturally. Not worth all the side affects"
RachelLp February 13, 2016
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"I was prescribed these meds to aide in my weight loss journey. I struggle with PTSD, anxiety, depression, sleep apnea, and pain. My meds have added to my weight gain and I have been trying really hard to work it all out at the gym. I am really hoping these will boost my weight loss which will intern lift my mood, relieve my pain, etc.... Pray for me it works!!!"
JuicyJess (taken for less than 1 month) February 11, 2016
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"I just started taking this medication today (02.08.16) for weight loss. 25mg in the morning and 25mg in the evening. 3 years ago, I was able to loss 70 pounds on my own but have gained 40 of it back even though I continue working out and eating healthy. I am hoping this will help encourage some weight loss as I am getting married in November 2016. I weighed 195 on the scale at my house this morning.I had yogurt for breakfast and haven't had the urge to eat my banana or apple that are sitting on my desk. That's good, right? Maybe it's a psychological thing? I'll be sure to keep y'all updated."
lojola February 8, 2016
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"I AM BACK......6 months gone! I'm at 162 pounds and I just started taking 200 mg, still no side effects my migraines are gone...am happy!!!....Good luck to all of you.>>>>"I started this medication August 1st at that time I weighed 208 pounds today is the August 17 and I weigh 200 pnds and I'm only taking 50 mg I am supposed to go up to a 100 mg...I would say it's working for me, no side effect yet!...I will keep you informed!!! Thank you."
npa February 7, 2016
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"I was prescribed Topmax for migraines but I have had weight loss being on it. I take 50mg twice a day. I had the same problem with the pop it tasted flat (Still have). I had (have) the tingling in certain body parts and the tired feeling at first. I started taking them July 2015 and by January 2016 I have lost 40lbs. I was 190 and am now 147 and going down every day! The only thing that I have changed is I drink water. I eat whatever I want some days I eat more some days less. I used to go through a 12 pack of Mt Dew a day. It was hard at first but I honestly don't mind now. Because when I look in that mirror every morning its worth drinking that bottle of water."
Taschalee3 February 3, 2016
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"Update I started Topamax a week ago tomorrow 50mg at night and I have lost 5 lbs I'm 5'3" and started at 157lbs I am at the Dr.s now stepped on the scale and I'm at 152 so I couldn't be happier...I have very minimal side effects taking them at night helps with those I sleep very well and I have had some tingling fingers but nothing unbearable...all in all I am very happy with the 5 lbs lost in 6 days looking forward to more weight loss in one more week I do increase my dosage to 100 mg so we shall see about those side effects...but if things keep going the way then I might stay on them for a while"
chubbymomof2 (taken for less than 1 month) February 3, 2016
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"Hi I have been taking these pills for 5 weeks now for weight loss I do struggle . Specialist trying to see if it's my metabolism... I'm On 25mg he has not mentioned anything about higher dose but I have not been able to sleep !!! It's driving me crazy now . Was wondering if any of you had the same experience? I do feel so tired and lethargic but it's so late before I get any sleep then I'm waking up mid afternoon missing my days I've tried getting up early going out walking etc like today still no luck . I suffer with mental health problems and was dubious about taking them at first but read a lot on your feedback that it's helped some people.I just hope this depression is through my sleep pattern and not the med ."
Roz66 February 3, 2016
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"I started taking Topmax 1st week 25 mg once a day 2nd week 50 once a day 3nd will be 100mg once a day I go back 1 month visit on 16th , I can tell I have lost weight but I have had mood swings, vision, fatigue sleep problems, Dr said first week maybe second week week after that I should be better, I also had injections in my back my L4 L5, also this medication has been confused is another side effect but I am going to hang in there I can tell I have lost weight, my face and neck fingers and ladies you know the other we never want to lose first place right below neck, so if your really want to loose weight give it a try"
Kohutek paula January 30, 2016
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"I just was prescribed topomax for migraines today. I take 50mg at night for 2 weeks then 50mg in the morning and 50 mg at night for a total of 100 mg..I'm 5'3" and weigh 157 lbs and have gotten really out of shape since having 6 abdominal surgeries for hernia repairs...I've read a lot of the reviews on here and I hope I have good experience with loosing weight. I am curious about the tingling fingers, toes, lips and the "word vomit" that is another side effect do they go away eventually or is it something that stays the whole time"
chubbymomof2 January 28, 2016
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"I was prescribed this medication about 2 years ago for my cyclic vomiting syndrome. This first I took it, I had a bad experience and had to stop but after a year my doctor suggested that we try again. It has been a full year now. Since then I didn't have any weight change however; in October - she added another management pill to my list in addition to the topiramate and I have lost almost 30 lbs. I started at 199 lbs and as of today, I am down to 175 lbs. I was a size 16 Jean and bought a size 10 Jean today. I have been very unhappy about my weight since my daughter was born but recently, I am finding myself quite happier. I am averaging 1-3 lbs weight loss every 2 weeks"
Amandaanne (taken for 1 to 2 years) January 22, 2016
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Topamax (topiramate): "I have been obese my whole life. I have struggled with diets and exercise and eating and starving. I have gone as far as having weight loss surgery. EVERYTHING has only been temporary. My new doctor has recommended Topamax. I currently weigh 282.6. I have started out on 25 in the morning and 25 at night. In 1 month I will go in for my follow up. Has anyone else tried everything else and completely fail? My doctor says it could be my genetic makeup. But anyway I plan on keeping a record on here of my journey for myself and others to follow. Thank you for your support."
AmandaRaeKrause January 14, 2016
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"I started taking topalex after stop taking lithium. I gained 45kg by the lithium and moodstabilisers in 2 years. So now I already have lost 13kg in less than 2 months and still dropping. I drink a lot of water and eat slowly now and a lot less"
celestdevilliers January 7, 2016
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"I suffer from depression, bipolar, and anxiety and believe me it is a struggle. I always had a perfect 10 body weighing at 112 now 175 at 5'2 then I was put on Abilify to add to my other meds. My doctor weaned me off the abilify and put me on Topomax for mood swings and to loose weight. I am on 50mg at night. Within 2 weeks if I don't see a change she will bump my dosage up. I am praying that it works for me. The struggle is real and I feel for everybody going through this pain. I want to wish everyone good luck and a happy new year! I will keep you all posted"
Bellagemini December 31, 2015
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"I've been on topimax for about 3 months. 25mg 2x a day. It's definitely effective in controlling my appetite. It took a little time by became more effective with time. I am able to eat very small portions and have full control over myself. I have changed to healthy eating. Less bread and pasta. More brown rice, veggies, sweet potatoes. I still fry veggies in olive oil. Still eat a baked potato sometimes. But cut way back on portions and added snacks between meals. Then every 3 days I be sure to eat something a little more fattening and it makes me lose weight. For salad dressing, oil and vinegar with seasoning packet. No sweet tea etc. Lots of water. I walk daily too! started weighing 267, now down to 225. I'm confident I'll lose 85 lbs"
robin777 December 22, 2015
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"Update on my experience.....I have been on it now for 21 days and have lost 15 pounds. First weigh in at the doctors office. I feel great. No side effects. At first was seemed very tired, but now I seem adjusted to the medication. I take 75 mg at night before bed. Sleep better than I ever have. Appetite simply isn't there. Sodas don't taste the same; kind of like they have been sitting out for several days. I am remain very hopeful this will work for the long term. I have approximately 100 pounds to lose."
marcmiller3423 (taken for less than 1 month) December 11, 2015
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"I am 56 years old and weighed 249 pounds. Finally decided to deal with this weight issue once and for all. My knees prevented me from working out and my weight caused my knee issue. I sat down with my primary care physician and she ultimately suggested the use of topamax. In July 2015 i started with 25 milligrams and evolved to 125 miligrams. It is now December 8 and I weigh 221 pounds. Here is how I would describe the experience. It stops the need to impulse eat, so you don't feel deprived, so...your not crying when the scale isn't moving quickly. Its not quick, because I am post menopausal...but its not painful. Appetite is down, I can now walk 45 minutes...and for the first time in my life..I know I will reach a goal weight."
JillV December 8, 2015
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"I am stopping Topamax after 3 months. Initially I lost 13lb pretty fast, within a couple weeks. I was laid up with an injured back and sick so I wasn't moving, but then I wasn't really eating either. Since then I've played with the same 5ib. I am taking 100mg 2x day. After about 6wks I got some of the common side effects (vision, memory, taste, exhaustion), I stopped losing weight. But I'm fairly certain it is the source of some pretty severe depression that didn't exist prior to taking it. I'm glad I lost 13lb, but the depression is too much to handle and I'm throwing in the towel. Wish it had been more effective, but really it stopped working after about 3 weeks anyhow."
Heather W December 2, 2015
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