Have any spouses, caregivers, noticed cognitive impairment problems, my husband has improved significantly since being taken off of the drug. Anyone else notice this? My husband was never aware of his behaviour, so it would need to be someone in a close relationship who would know about this problem, anyone else see this before? He was on topamax for six years for his bipolar disorderl
Hi, I am not a caregiver, I am the one who has been on topamax for about a year. My doctor prescribed it for constant headaches, and I must say, it worked. The major disadvantage is the skill of being able to easily type this at this moment, as today is my first day off of Topamax. I have been weaning the past 2 weeks from 100mg a day. I used to be able to type freely, and speak effortlessly, but topamax changed all that for me. I am a 48 year old previous business owner, and I can't even hold a job right now. The simpliest of tasks, and spelling, obviously, have been ridiculous. In speaking, trying to find a word, like "dog", was a job. The brain fog and fatigue was worse then I thought. Finally, made the decision to try and see if I can be off of this drug, and not suffer headaches. Too early to say.
You hit the nail on the head, however on cognitive impairment. Terrible and embarrassing experience for me. I felt stupid all the time. This drug is still in my system, as it lasts about 5 days, so my wording may not be great, but I wanted to answer you, as soon as I saw your question. Just bear with me, the grammer, run on sentences... etc... That medicine is nicknamed dopomox, because that is how a person is on it, dumb... I want to be able to think clearly again, so I am trying to not take it. For your husband, maybe there is a different type of medication that might be better. I am not as familiar with bi-polar, but I would suggest to check out bi-polar discussion groups, and find out before he takes anything else. Doctors don't really know first hand, because they don't live it, we do. Many of them try, many doctors just right up a script. Do your homework on the internet is what I have learned the long hard way, believe me. I have been through a lot of different medications, that I found out more relevant information from the people who actually take the drug... Keep in mind, everyone is different, everyone has a different reaction, but atleast you can get a sense of reaction before actually using the drug... Best of luck to you...
- Topamax Information for Consumers
- Topamax Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Topamax (detailed)
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