I started taking Topamax to control my migraines. Since I have a very low tolerance to medication, I was only taking 25mg per day. My migraines stopped, along with any sinus pain & pressure. However, I instead of losing weight blew up like a balloon. Has anyone else experienced weight gain on this medication? I don't know if I want the weight or the headaches, since weight has always been a problem for me.
Yes, I experienced weight gain on Topamax as well. Discuss options with your Dr because some things that may help (hydration, light exercise, etc.) are contingent upon your present state of health. He/she may also have suggestions for other options as well. A blessing that the migraines stopped, many are not as fortunate to find something that actually works. Hope this helps.
Its funny you should say that because I have been on topamax now for several months for my migraines. I still get migrains but, not as bad however, and I was hoping the topamax would help me to loose the extra 5 kilos I had put on over the years. I am pretty self conscious of what I eat and do a 2 hour brisk walk at least 4 times a week but I have found my weight also to be going up slightly, not by much but still it is and it shouldn't be because I eat healthily and I exercise a lot. So I don't understand either! I am on 300 mg daily. Can anyone help us with our question please? I am not sure but, does it make a difference taking my topamax at different times during the day which I do because I forget alot of tbe time :( ? Thanks heaps!
I was prescribed Topamax for migraines . It was a very low dosage. It affected my eyesight and even at the lowest dosage available I GAINED WEIGHT! The Dr. swore I would lose weight but I gained it. I no longer take topimax. You are not alone! I too have a difficult time with medications. I am allergic to tryptans found in migraine medication so I must take oxy. I was thin but since then I struggle with weight. I have many migraines and am bedridden for at least 3 days and I had a coma happen from one migraine. Like you, if it took away my migraines but kept me fat I would look for another thing. Botox works wonders but it is expensive and not all plans will pay for it. I hope this helps you.
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I am currently on 75mg, slowly supposed to be working up to 100mg but 75 is working to control migraines at the moment. I am having lots of side effects; the worst ones being weight GAIN and depression. Being overweight has always been a problem for me but my weight is usually stable. Since starting topamax,it has shot up and I am now the heaviest I have ever been. I am always hungry now that I have got past the initial nausea etc when I started it. The side effect of depression is also not helping as when I am depressed, I tend to only want to do nothing except sit around and eat.
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