I feel like the Topamax is leeching my brain. I forget simple (and not so simple) words and jumble words in sentences. Sometimes I speak complete gibberish. It's hard to be a professional when I use words like thingy and whosit or just stand there and stare blankly because all the thoughts just went out of my head. I'm on 200mg am 150mg pm.
I had this issue for about the first 6 months of taking Topamax, but since then it has not been an issue.
How long have you been on it?
Hi, Sarah! Have you notified your doctor? I copied this from the Drugs.com literature on Topamax:
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking topiramate:
generalized slowing of mental and physical activity
speech or language problems
trouble in concentrating or paying attention
If you're just starting the medication these effects may be short-lived, but it's best to consult with your doctor for professional advice.
Best regards and I hope you're doing better soon. Wildcat
Sarahce428; Yes just like some of the others have said this is common and these are not like the type of side effects that go away if you get these. You should contact your doctor and let the doctor know it could be as simple as a dose adjustment.Or just having it changed not all medications work the same on each of us. So please don't think you are losing it and this is going to stay just give your doctor a call and let him or her know this just won't work in your professional work. You need something else. Don't worry but get that call into the doctor and explain the side effects that you are getting Have a good day and don't let yourself dwell on this.
I have been taking Topamax for a couple of years but not at that dose. I only take 100mg twice a day. I have not had any negative side effects from it at that dose. I take it for bipolar and to help me keep my weight down. The positive side of that is the lack of appetite. Gabapentin is the drug that makes me have trouble with speaking in memory.
Yes! Don't feel bad it is not you for sure!
When I was taking Topamax it made me feel really stupid.
It did help with my appetite. But I had to stop it because simple task took me all day.
You will be hard pressed to find any psychiatrist that does not hate this drug. The effects you are having will only get worse as time goes by based on the duration that you have been taking this drug. There are many other and better drugs that you can take as a replacement. As an example, Keppra or Depakote may be suitable replacements. This is something that you will need to discuss with your neurologist and correctly transition over to the new drug once the two of you decide what is the best choice for your medical condition. I hope the reason that your doctor was laughing about the Dopamax comment is that the two of you have a good relationship possibly bordering on a familial relationship.
Yes, it does. When I finally came to the realization of what it was doing to me, it was too late. I weaned myself off of it very slowly, so my dose has been decreasing since October. No better even when I was at 25mg a day. I did that for quite awhile so I could see if my migraines would stay under control and if the symptoms would go away. I have been off of it for probably two months. Nothing. Nada, just as bad as I was. I was on it for ten years not knowing what was going on with myself. I'm sure I did read the warnings on it. I always do. But when your memory starts to go along with your intelligence, who realizes. If it would have said can cause permanent memory loss and make you permanently stupid, I really don't imagine I would have taken it. I have refused to take drugs before because of reading the side effects.
Yes, it is quite embarrassing when you want someone to pass you something or you are talking about a simple object and you can't remember the name of it. Could you pass me a kleenex? In stead of saying, that right there, that right there and pointing at it, that thing. It makes you feel like a complete moron. Thank god for spellcheck! I started researching, trying to figure out what was wrong with me. I came across so many people with the same problems. Dopomax? You think the company doesn't know what it is doing to people when it has that nickname? Then I read the person who said it was called Tope head? It needs to be off the market. I highly recommend to anyone that is starting it, to find something else. If it isn't doing anything like that to someone, well that's good for you, but I warn you what might happen over time. Now I have headaches every day AND I am stupid. Was it great for headaches and migraines? It was awesome but I would have never taken it had I known what it was going to do to me. I would have tried and tried until I found something that would work. If a find a lawyer that will sue, I will let you know.
I found taking the herbal supplement gingko biloba can help with this as it sharpens the mind and gets your speech back.
- Topamax Information for Consumers
- Topamax Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Topamax (detailed)
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