User Reviews for Topamax
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Reviews for Topamax to treat Obesity
"I've been taking the Topamax for over a year now for migraines was on 50mg twice a day now was put on 100mg twice a day helps with the migraines I do have on side effect and that's the drowsiness but as far as a weight medication it has not help me one bit actually I have gained weight on this medication."
belladonna863 August 16, 2017
2 users found this comment helpful.
"I started this 4 days ago.. taking 1/2 of 50 mg at night.. so 25 mg. I will do that for 7 nights, then up to 50mg for 7 nights, then 75 mg for 7 nights, then 100 mg for 7 nights, and so on until I reach a mg my Dr. and I are comfortable with. So far I have not had any side effects except- not being hungry. In the last 3 days I have hardly eaten anything. I've been very thirsty for water, soda taste like crap- and I was very addicted to diet coke. I haven't weighed yet... been meaning to. Last I weighed was a month or so ago, and I was at 180 ish. Today is July 10th 2017. I will weigh after work and see where I am so I have a better idea who this will effect me! I've gone from 120 to 180 ish in the past year - with different meds.."
chunkymonkey77 (taken for less than 1 month) July 10, 2017
13 users found this comment helpful.
"I weighed 230 pounds and felt like a cow.. I started off on 25 mg 1x a day and noticed no change. So asked doc to change me to 100 mg twice a day. I just take the 200mg at once. That's when I finally noticed a change. I've lost 45 pounds in 6 months! I'm continuing to lose and my goal weight is 160 since I'm tall so only 25 more pounds to go. I noticed at first pop tasted different but now it tastes fine. I used to love beer but now I don't want it..which is fine since it's so fattening lol. I only eat once or twice a day and the carb cravings are gone. I don't exercise much at all. I have no side effects at all. I'm so glad I found this medication it really has been a miracle. :)"
Miracle1Lady (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 18, 2017
64 users found this comment helpful.
"I did/am experiecing the tingling everyday in my fingers, I am not hungry. I did have the brain fog to where I wouldn't drive. I wouldn't make any decisions about anything without talking it over with someone I trusted first. I am now up to 75 in the morning and at bedtime and I still have the tingling but the fog has been lifted the headaches are SO much less BUT I have only lost 3 pounds. Can't seem to stop smoking even with this. Still hoping this will help with the smoking. Wish me luck"
Still here December 30, 2016
32 users found this comment helpful.
"I've found that Topimax has worked for me, I've lost 73 pounds still struggle with food consumption from time to time but I do find that it has a definite affect."
TJ Sweetheart November 13, 2016
75 users found this comment helpful.
"This is an early review as I just started it on 10/16/16 but the food cravings are gone, it takes less food to satisfy me, soda tastes terrible, cigarettes taste different and bad (which is a surprising good side effect!) and I just feel better with less food in me. I have tried phentermine with no luck and usually had good success with natural weight loss until being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and needing a knee replacement that keeps me from working out too much. So so far, I am impressed. I'll be back in a few weeks for a weigh in review. No side effects like others have had with mental fogginess or tingling. 25mg 2x day. Here's hoping my 235 can become 155 again!"
jenna806 October 18, 2016
119 users found this comment helpful.
"Been on/off topamax since I was 15, I'm now 21. First time I took topamax at 15, I went frm 235lbs to 114lbs. Over time I got used to it & couldn't find something to help w/my binge eating disorder. I gained all the weight I lost & more over a 5yr period of trying to lose it/find the right meds to help. 2012 17 y/o tried topamax & had bad anxiety so that didn't last long. 2015 20 y/o I weighed 248lbs, the biggest I've been. Was on phentermine (diet pill, 37.5mg) for a few months but was starting to get used to it. Decided to try topamax again (50mg 2x a day) along w/vyvanse (ADHD/binge eating, 70mg) & lexapro (depression, 20mg). Currently 160lbs. Always adjusting my meds though, I seem to get used to them quickly."
britt21any (taken for 1 to 2 years) September 22, 2016
60 users found this comment helpful.
"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
59 users found this comment helpful.
"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
66 users found this comment helpful.
"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
103 users found this comment helpful.
"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
58 users found this comment helpful.
"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
71 users found this comment helpful.
"I have been obese my whole life. I have struggled with diets and exercise and eating and starving. I have gone as far as having weight loss surgery. EVERYTHING has only been temporary. My new doctor has recommended Topamax. I currently weigh 282.6. I have started out on 25 in the morning and 25 at night. In 1 month I will go in for my follow up. Has anyone else tried everything else and completely fail? My doctor says it could be my genetic makeup. But anyway I plan on keeping a record on here of my journey for myself and others to follow. Thank you for your support."
AmandaRaeKrause January 14, 2016
105 users found this comment helpful.
"When I first started taking Topamax it was prescribed to me for the prevention of migraine headaches. A couple of years later I now take 200mg in the morning and 200mg at bedtime and since February I have lost 51 lbs... 282 down to 232 and still loosing more!!!!"
sfears1120 (taken for 1 to 2 years) November 28, 2015
103 users found this comment helpful.
"This was prescribed for binge eating as I have mood disorder and I need to lose weight. The binge eating was causing me to go over my calorie plan. I have taken it for over 6 months. I have worked up to 200 mg a day. Never had any side effects and no help with appetite either."
ChiWee (taken for 6 months to 1 year) November 28, 2015
26 users found this comment helpful.
"I have been over weight and suffer from depression for over 20 years, I admit food was my best friend!!! After hysterectomy doctor put me on hormone replacement medicine, I was so hungry constantly , All I could think about was eating. Then my doctor put me on Topamax and I LOVE IT! I went from 252 lbs to now 167 lbs. From size 22 now size 10. I have to make myself eat, never hungry, and when I am eating I just try to eat slowly, and I do drink water now because even my favorite diet soda does taste terrible. I would tell everyone to try it!"
Jo Jo 997 September 13, 2015
198 users found this comment helpful.
"I started 25 mg on June 2nd at bedtime I had the tingling in my hands and bitter taste in my mouth I also fought to remember what I had done all night and morning I felt like a complete zombie..I took one dose and haven't took anymore since the side effects this pill has isn't worth me risking it I'd rather keep my weight until I find another way to get it off and to this day June 5, 2015 I still have tingling in my hands and feet and numbness in my arms along with swelling in my fingers I will never take another topamax it's awful...."
Isn't for me (taken for less than 1 month) June 5, 2015
57 users found this comment helpful.
"I was on 25 mg to start and ended up taking 100. I lost weight. But the price I paid in side effects was not worth it. I lost so much hair that when I try to braid it it's like braiding tiny strands of dental floss. It looks so ridiculous long I had to chop it all off just to conceal how grossly thin it is. People call it dopamax for a reason. It made my memory Swiss cheese and when I had to process information it felt like fighting through seaweed. The worst side effect was the depression. This stuff makes me downright suicidal. It helped me lose about 80 pounds by starvation. I never wanted to eat. I became anemic. If you've never had that before you'll find simple physical tasks to feel like they're inciting heart attacks."
Jennoyed May 30, 2015
81 users found this comment helpful.
"I started taking 50 mg of Topomax for the first month and went up to 100mg for the next three months. Lost 40 pounds.... For the next year and a half I have kept off the weight but have not lost any more. I still need to lose 30 more pounds, but have seemed to plateaued. And I am at 200 mg now... dont know what to do."
Lindzh90 (taken for 1 to 2 years) April 29, 2015
89 users found this comment helpful.
"I have struggled for years with what I thought was just a problem with controlling my hunger, I would never eat around anyone and then once everyone was asleep I was starved. I finally seen a psychiatrist for my ADD symptoms and while he was modifying my medication he diagnosed me with binge eating disorder. To my surprise he was right. I had no control. I had always bounced on diets. He started me on Topamax 25mg and I knew instantly it will work. It has a calming affect. I feel so full and I am going to bed without eating for the first time in years. I am very thankful. Not every medication is for everyone. I am pleased with this one so far."
momma3kitties (taken for less than 1 month) March 21, 2015
200 users found this comment helpful.
"I am extremely obese. My starting weight when I started taking Topamax was 289.0 lbs. I weighed myself every few days. I started for one week taking 25 mg in the morning and 25 mg in the evening. Now I take 50mg in the morning and 50 in the evening. Im also eating right veggies and fruits and snacks. This medication is making me lose at least 13 lbs since Jan. 5, 15 and today I'm 276.0 and its Jan. 19, 2015. in that short amount of time that's a good amount of weight to drop. So thank you Topamax!"
Steph6981 (taken for less than 1 month) January 19, 2015
163 users found this comment helpful.
"I was very excited when I started taking this medication. And then.... I had read the side effects and was like oh this is crazy. I will say I was on no other medication. I have never had hair loss like this. It was gobs of hair in my shower. The previous posters that refer to brain fog - yep that too."
NASHVEGAS (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 27, 2014
98 users found this comment helpful.
"Awful. I lost 10 pounds in 5 weeks before I had to quit Topamax due to side effects, which were terrible. They included: memory loss and "senior moments" which increased 10-fold, I think this medicine dropped my IQ at least 15 points, that "I'm not part of this world" feeling of disconnectedness; and overheating to the point that I simply could not work out. Gained the 10 pounds back within 3 weeks of quitting."
Mike_West Coast August 31, 2014
120 users found this comment helpful.
"I have been on Topamax for a little less than a month and already lost 16 pounds! My doctor gave it to me for the weight loss effects and I have had no adverse side effects that I know of so far. It rates a 10 in my book!"
Happy Camper (taken for less than 1 month) May 24, 2013
464 users found this comment helpful.
"Losing 10lbs plus per month."
Tater young hgarytre (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 18, 2013
200 users found this comment helpful.
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