User Reviews for Topiramate
Also known as: Qudexy XR, Topamax, Topamax Sprinkle, Topiragen, Trokendi XR
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Reviews for Topiramate to treat Obesity
"I've been on topomax for 6 weeks now along with walking at least 2 to 3 miles a day sometimes skipping a day or two depending on the weather I'm 40lbs down. Appetite gone, smoothies are enough for me and no snacks. No side effects by the way. 50mg twice daily"
Ms weight loss August 23, 2016
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Topamax (topiramate): "I've tried in twice. First time about 7 years ago and lost a modest amount of weight easily. I can't remember how much. It made me thirst, so I drank a lot of water and it took away my craving for junk food. Send time was end of May, 2016. 100mg at night. I lost 10 pounds in about 5-6 weeks easily. No desire to snack or eat emotionally. Only downside was that I was anxious a lot. I've now plateaud but at least I'm not gaining weight. I should try to up the dose. At least the anxiety has largely decreased."
Kittensb (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 11, 2016
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"I just started taking this medication I was at a starting weight of 198. My migraines made me very sick and I vomited a lot and lost weight with that down to 186. Started on topamax 25mg in am and pm on July 30. I am now 178. Coke tastes flat so I drink more water I do have tingling in hands and feet but I am glad not to have migraines. The sleep is a problem so I think I will ask for something to help with that. I just wanted help with migraines now I'm losing weight, I got help for both. I couldn't be happier"
Lisserkb August 8, 2016
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"I've been on this medicine almost a month. In the beginning the side effects were absolutely horrible! I couldn't sleep at night and I could barely hold my head up during the day. My head was foggy and I had trouble finding the words I needed sometimes. I felt like I had the Flu without the runny/stuffy nose. It also causes constipation. I had read several reviews and saw a couple comments about how the side effects would die down after a few weeks. I was determined to push through Now my head isn't as foggy. I'm no where near as tired during the day. I take one melatonin gummy at night just to be sure I get a good nights rest. The constipation hasn't went away but I am only eating half of what I was."
Still new (taken for less than 1 month) July 29, 2016
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"Excellent! My doctor has combined this with Phentermine and I average a healthy 1.75 lbs of weight loss per week without excercise (due to pulled hamstrings). I do not take the Phentermine full dose, nor do I take it every day. My doctor follows me closely and I pay close attention to how I feel and go by instinct. My overall health and well being is more important than losing weight. I am very cautious and choose the right foods e.g., protiens, green veggies, lots of water, fruits and fiber. I am sure to get proper rest to stay mentally sound. Losing weight is good for me, but is taxing on my body and I am going to do what I have to in order to develop healthy long term habits (which take at least 30 days to develop)."
Emyleigh1957 July 29, 2016
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"Ive been on psychiatric meds for a greater than 10 years. Most of these medications had cause me to gain a lot of weight. At my last doctors appointment I weighed 265 and was given the option to start taking topiramate. I took 1/2 50 mg tablet every night for 3 days then 1/2 tablet twice a day starting on June 30, 2016. Well when I was weighed on July 15, 2016, I had lost 5 pounds with no exercise. I have a follow up appointment tomorrow on July 28,2016. Oh I haven't noticed any side effects. I'll keep you guys posted."
wannabslim (taken for less than 1 month) July 28, 2016
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"Hi, thank you all for your comments. Ive just started topamax (second night) 25mg and cant sleep. I now see its a side effect that some expereince and it will go away. I will persist. Had a bit of a headache and a bit fuzzy in the morning but thats it. will let you know in a week if any weight loss. definately not feeling hungry."
Aussigal July 19, 2016
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"I only took this medicine for 1 dose (25 mg) because it made my eyes fire red. So red that people were like what's wrong with your eyes! It took about 24 hours for it to go away. I had a pharmacist tell me not to take it then the doctor tell me to use Visine so I just didn't take anymore after reading the black box warnings. I didn't feel hungry like I usually do but I did feel pretty foggy."
klovely21 July 14, 2016
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"I am a 56 y.o. woman. I need to loose 20%bw. ( about 36lbs) I tried Contrave with horrible side effects. Dr prescribed Topiramate because of migraines. I have been taking 25g a.m.& p.m. I bike 3x and wk. No migraines, some minor "word salad" steady small weight loss. 6lbs in 3-4 weeks. Decreased appetite and increase in drinking water. It has been so easy, I'm surprised when the scale is down!! I am extremely happy so far."
Karlatte (taken for less than 1 month) July 4, 2016
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Topamax (topiramate): "Ok so I am going on my third week of topamax I have seizures uncontrollably migraines and obesity so let me begin with saying this I have noticed a significant change in my body as far as the weight loss goes 6pds since I have been on it and still loosing however I have lost my appetite I have no desire to eat I may eat one time a day that's the only downside I have noticed a change in carbonated drinks they don't taste the same anymore I am currently coming off tegortol which was only treating my seizures and I was gaining so much weight so I'm thankful that topamax is working for me and i only have to take one pill a day to treat all my ailments"
Caseyant June 10, 2016
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Topamax (topiramate): "First started topamax in 2013 lost 30 lbs on 75mg in 3 mos topamax 25 mg 3 x a day w/30 mg prozac once a da. Weight went from 278 to 248. I am 65 year old female obese all my life. Had experimental Lap band surgery in 1979. Gained all weight back. Tried everything and gained back all weight every time. Can't take diet pills make me too jittery. After three years stopped topamax because of minor memory loss which I thought was embarrassing. Stayed on Prozac 30mg and gained all weight back and more up to 291. Now I am really depressed. Came off Prozac and am back on topamax 25 mg in morning and 25 mg at night only. Have lost 3 lbs in one week. So happy. Would rather walk and feel better physically than remember someones name,"
Reeneebee May 16, 2016
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Topamax (topiramate): "After getting a blistering skin rash from Lamictal, Topamax was prescribed. It did decrease my appetite- I went from 209 lbs back to my regular 135 which I hadn't been in 7 years. This took place in about 10 months. At abt the same time I started taking it, I was rearended and suffered a MTBI and scored very low on my neuropsych exam. My old psychiatrist retired and the new psychiatrist is against Topamax bc of the "foggy" side effects that are common. Now, a little over a year later, I feel ok abt this med considering the alternatives- wish there were better alternatives!"
Sunnis May 10, 2016
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"I was prescribed topiramate for daily post-concussive headaches, and I also needed to lose weight. The first three weeks were really rough, and I was unsure if I could take this medicine long-term. I started off with 25mg the first week, 50mg the second, 75mg the third, then 100mg as my permanent dose. I took it before bedtime as instructed, but I had next day drowsiness so bad that for three weeks I felt like I was going to face plant at any moment. Also, the nausea was so bad that I barely ate. Thankfully, both of these side effects stopped after about 3 weeks as did most of my headaches. I've also lost 22 lbs in 2 months. The best part is that it has given me control back in that I eat smart and don't have unhealthy cravings."
LoveThisMed (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 30, 2016
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"I've struggled with the weight roller coaster since pre teen. I was prescribed topamax 3 months ago but quit within 3 days because I didn't feel different and my appetite was unchanged. Last week I ran into a friend who has was significantly over weight and suffered from depression. She has lost 50 lbs in past year while taking topomax. So, needless to say I've started taking 25 mg in morning and 25 mg at night. Tomorrow I'll increase to 50 mg at night. It's only been a week but I haven't had any side effects."
Rita63 (taken for less than 1 month) March 22, 2016
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"I went on topiramate January 2012 for migraines with positive results. By the end of of 2012 I had lost 85lbs. I had also lost the ability to form sentences because I couldn't find words and was constantly in a fog. That is not good if you're a nurse. Also my short term memory was non existent also not good for an acute care medical nurse. By the time the side effects became debilitating, I had to take a short leave of absence to sort out my situation. In the end, the medication was discontinued and I gained 23lbs of the weight back. I'm not upset because now I have my short term memory back, plus I've returned to work migraine free. I'm still better off because I'm still thinner than before I started with topiramate."
Marlowe65 (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 10, 2016
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"I take topiramate and phentermine together and it works great I lost 50 pounds in 5 months taking them in the morning I have no appetite all day and night I have to force myself to eat and I eat what I want but not a lot of it. My side effect is dry mouth. I was on Qysmia which is those two drugs combined but very expensive and the insurance won't cover it."
Maryhoyt February 17, 2016
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"I started a very low dose of Topiramate to help prevent my frequent migraines. I did notice a decrease in frequency but my weight has SKYROCKETED! I've always battled to stay at my ideal weight. I am a gym rat and an avid walker, walking everyday of the week at least for an hour. I've gained 35 lbs in six months. I've tried every diet in the book, gone to every doctor and gotten every blood test. Everything is fine except now I'm getting a fatty liver because of my weight gain! I don't drink and eat super well. I didn't wear shorts once last summer because I was so embarrassed. The only thing I can think of is this drug. To me, I'd rather have more migraines (thankfully triptans work for me) than be obese. Can't take it anymore. Going off!"
Walking like I mean it (taken for 1 to 2 years) February 17, 2016
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Topamax (topiramate): "I suffer from migraines and also am overweight. So the Dr prescribed me topamax for both. I weighed in at 209 on Feb 2 2016 and today Feb 12 2016 I am 203. So far so good with the weight loss. I'm not to pleased with the side affects however. I feel fuzzy all day. Like I'm on a cloud, Dizzy. Tingling and nubness in my fingers and toes. Hasn't helped my migraines at all either. It does though not make me hungry at all. I have to force myself to eat because I know I have too. I don't see myself taking this medication long term. I'd rather try and lose the weight naturally. Not worth all the side affects"
RachelLp February 13, 2016
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"I was prescribed these meds to aide in my weight loss journey. I struggle with PTSD, anxiety, depression, sleep apnea, and pain. My meds have added to my weight gain and I have been trying really hard to work it all out at the gym. I am really hoping these will boost my weight loss which will intern lift my mood, relieve my pain, etc.... Pray for me it works!!!"
JuicyJess (taken for less than 1 month) February 11, 2016
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"I just started taking this medication today (02.08.16) for weight loss. 25mg in the morning and 25mg in the evening. 3 years ago, I was able to loss 70 pounds on my own but have gained 40 of it back even though I continue working out and eating healthy. I am hoping this will help encourage some weight loss as I am getting married in November 2016. I weighed 195 on the scale at my house this morning.I had yogurt for breakfast and haven't had the urge to eat my banana or apple that are sitting on my desk. That's good, right? Maybe it's a psychological thing? I'll be sure to keep y'all updated."
lojola February 8, 2016
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"I AM BACK......6 months gone! I'm at 162 pounds and I just started taking 200 mg, still no side effects my migraines are gone...am happy!!!....Good luck to all of you.>>>>"I started this medication August 1st at that time I weighed 208 pounds today is the August 17 and I weigh 200 pnds and I'm only taking 50 mg I am supposed to go up to a 100 mg...I would say it's working for me, no side effect yet!...I will keep you informed!!! Thank you."
npa February 7, 2016
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"I was prescribed Topmax for migraines but I have had weight loss being on it. I take 50mg twice a day. I had the same problem with the pop it tasted flat (Still have). I had (have) the tingling in certain body parts and the tired feeling at first. I started taking them July 2015 and by January 2016 I have lost 40lbs. I was 190 and am now 147 and going down every day! The only thing that I have changed is I drink water. I eat whatever I want some days I eat more some days less. I used to go through a 12 pack of Mt Dew a day. It was hard at first but I honestly don't mind now. Because when I look in that mirror every morning its worth drinking that bottle of water."
Taschalee3 February 3, 2016
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"Update I started Topamax a week ago tomorrow 50mg at night and I have lost 5 lbs I'm 5'3" and started at 157lbs I am at the Dr.s now stepped on the scale and I'm at 152 so I couldn't be happier...I have very minimal side effects taking them at night helps with those I sleep very well and I have had some tingling fingers but nothing unbearable...all in all I am very happy with the 5 lbs lost in 6 days looking forward to more weight loss in one more week I do increase my dosage to 100 mg so we shall see about those side effects...but if things keep going the way then I might stay on them for a while"
chubbymomof2 (taken for less than 1 month) February 3, 2016
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