Hello, I have been given a prescription by my doctor for Topamax (topiramate 25mg) to lose weight. After reading all the side effects associatied with this drug, I am very scared in using it. My dose is one tablet (25mg) at night. How long does it take for any side effect to start? Do the side effects differ from person to person or are there standard side effects that people get? All I was told by my doctor is that is causes drowsiness. I googled this drug and found all the side effects associated with it. Please help as, I don't know if i should start taking this medication to lose weight or not?
Added 16 Apr 2015:
I decided to take Topamax (topiramate) last night and found that I couldn't sleep. Today, I was fine, full of energy and I hardly had anything to eat. No drowsiness or anything else. I have been drinking alot of water as suggested though because I read that, this drug is known to cause kidney stones. I'll take another tablet tonight and continue the course.
I have been taking topamax 50 mg twice a day for the prevention of migraine headaches. I started taking it approximately six years ago and will never stop taking it. I have never experienced a single adverse side effect from this medication, and I am extremely sensitive to medication, not being able to take very many different kinds of meds. I never experienced any weight loss, or loss of appetite; yet I don't need to, either. Topamax has been a wonder drug for me in the prevention of migraine headaches! My migraines were more frequent and longer in duration, consuming my life. Topamax gave me my life back.
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