My neuro called topamax "dope-a-max" when I had the same complaint. Look up side effects here or FDA site. Beware of SERIOUS side effects (1 out of 100 people): RASH, swelling in face, tongue, vision changes. I never lost the "dope-a-max" effect and had my neurologist change to another class of drugs. DON'T quit without your doctor's permission. Sudden withdrawal can be dangerous.
I must agree with Von4re!! Topamax made me feel like I'd smoke a big ole fatty!!! Unpleasant to say the least, I also lost needed weight on it.
It can make one lose their vocabulary as well, which I found to be an incredibly frustrating side effect!
This med may not be for you, there are so many people complaining about the side effects that it may be taken off the market, yet some ppl with migraines suffer through the horrid side effects just for some relief from thier headaches.
There are other medications you can try beside Dope-a-max, (love that Von4re!!)
Best wishes to you,
Yes, it will. I had the same problem. I got used to it in about a month or so. I also lost a LOT of weight and looked emaciated. Couldn't find my words and that was frustrating. But, it was worth it because the amount of migraines I had per month were considerably less. Good luck! :)
I had heard the same thing from my dr. that Topamax can be "dopamax" for some. But, I'm on 50 mg. and my migraines are gone and I'm no more out of it than I was before I began the Topamax. I have trouble recalling words and remembering. But, I had that problem before Topamax. I thought it was and is the Clonazepam I'm taking.
Ive been on Topamax for a while now. The side effects may last a couple weeks, and may go away completely. It can leave you feeling stoned for a bit, but hopefully that will subside. As for taking it for migraine probs, it really does a good job. I take the max dose, and have been on it for a long time. It was worth it as I have been migraine for a good while now. I do have one once in a blue moon, usually triggered by a sudden major stresser. Only you and your doctor can make the right decision about stopping it, and it should never be stopped suddenly. If you still have this uncomfortable feeling, talk with your doctor and see what else they recommend. Dont just stop on your own, be sure to talk with your doctor first. Hope this helps. Have a good one
- Topamax Information for Consumers
- Topamax Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Topamax (detailed)
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