I have never struggled with weight issues my whole life until I got pregnant with my daughter. I gained 40lbs and couldn't lose any of it. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and kept gaining slowly. I suffer from bipolar disorder and depression so I've been on medication. Recently I had an episode and my phychatrist put me on Depakote and I gained another 30lbs. I am also on Seroquel. My Dr took me off of the Depakote because of the weight gain in such a short period of time and the weight was effecting my health. We have tried diet and exercise and still nothing. My phychatrist told me to ask my PCP about trying Topamax or Metformin to help in weight loss. I have read about so many side effects and risks. Does either medication help with weight loss? I also suffer from migraines and seizures so my dr thinks this medication will help me. I'm willing to deal with side effects of I can lose some type of weight. I'm 22 years old 5'7" and 200lbs ):
Hi! I was on topamax a while back weighing 205 after having 3 boys. I had tried Depakote, gained weight, lamictal..gained more weight..just wasn't stopping. I was put on Topamax and lost went from 205 to 90 lbs. I had no appetite at all! Just thirsty, so I would just drink water or tea. Which is not healthy but the doctors never said anything about me losing so much weight. Family and friends were worried about me and I finally stopped it myself. That happened back in 2006. I took it for seizures and migraines. Since I've been off it, they've tried so many other seizure meds with no success. So I had brain surgery, right temperolobectomy. And have a VNS, but I still have seizures. So again docs put me back on this and that, and I've gained weight again. This time I got back up to 245 lbs. Now I'm on Topamax, klonopin, cymbalta, lamictal, vistaril, ambien, and levothyroxine and I've lost weight again. Down to 170 lbs. So good luck to you, hope you have some success with that med!!!
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