I'm not taking Topamax for weight loss, but it was my choice since a lot of bipolar meds make you gain weight. I want to know if anyone ate like they normally did, but then lost weight anyway while taking Topamax? I hear alot of people say that it makes them not want to eat, so I can see why the weight comes off. But has anyone ate what they usually eat and lost weight?
Yes donna both of what you say are true such as not wanting to eat and also eat like you self and still loose weight just keep a eye on it that you weight is in the fair range but as you know most cause the weight gain so this is really a plus... Good luck hope all works out for you Chuck1957 enjoy your day.
Here's the dillio on topamax.
it's not GREAT for bipolar. As of right now, it's still very much a tertiary medication for bipolar. What that means is that it's shown very little efficacy for most focus groups - that doesn't mean it won't work for you, it just means that the majority of the time, it wasn't able to be determined whether or not it was placebo or whether it was working.
However, that doesn't change the fact that some take it and their symptoms do improve.
Most people feel a range of side effects (I don't like that term, because it carries a necessary bad connotation - if you're going for weight loss, is weight loss a side effect or a primary function?) that all contribute to the drug's efficacy.
It's less about "eating what you normally eat" and more about what happens individually to you when you take it. If your tendencies during your bipolar downswings are to overeat, binge, eat poorly, or have a lack of activity in general, and then the topamax helps with this, you will see improvement in your body composition.
If you have a marked change in your taste - such as affecting your sense of sweetness or you develop a disgust for carbonated beverages and thus start to refuse soda and candy (and that was a previous problem) then again, you will see improvement.
if it affects you and helps you control your appetite (and that's appetite, not hunger, you will still be hungry and feel tummy rumblings and get weak and dizzy, you just won't constantly obsess over food), then you can use that effect to life your life in a less food-focused way, and you will see improvement.
However, it's entirely possible to have all three "side-effects" and ignore all that, eat and drink through taste changes, and ignore appetite suppression, etc. and not lose weight, even gain weight.
It entirely depends on you.
if you are on a very high dose and have lost a big amount of weight and don't want to gain it back . but was given not for weight loss . what quantity is enough to maintain the weight . 200 mg is enough. take lots of meds . thinking is there is a possibility to switch to a lithium and keep some
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