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For Migraine Prevention "I started out at 75mg, had to decrease at first because it made me super emotional and had really bad tingling in hands/feet, so I ended up going back down to 50mg, then I slowly increased by 25mg until I got up to 100mg and I'm doing OK now. I do feel emotionally sensitive at times and do get occasional tingling in my fingers and toes if I don't eat for awhile, which the Topamax also decreases my appetite and I have lost weight on. I still have ocular migraines if I stay up too late or don't get enough sleep. If I have even a small glass of wine the evening before I will wake up with an awful migraine the next morning, so I see why they say not to drink while on the medication. Overall it has really significantly decreased migraines."

   
7.0

Calantha November 5, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention "Had migraines for 7 years. Take Fioricet for pain, which works well, but I wanted to try prevention. My doctor had already tried Gabapentin, Sumatriptan, and Propranolol, all of which had side effects but did nothing for migraines. Next came Topamax. Side effects were: Slight change of taste (sodas tasted flat, bread tasted sweeter), and gradual loss of memory and concentration, such that it was hard to read or study an issue at work and be able to understand it. It did not affect my eating habits or energy levels, did not affect my weight at all. It also did nothing for my migraines. It severely impeded my ability to think and thus my ability to work in the tech field, so I stopped taking it, and my work performance improved drastically."

   
1.0

Berander (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 28, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention "I began taking 25 mg of topamax once daily due to my migraines lingering 2-3 days at a time. Topamax did a NUMBER on my body. I completely stopped eating. Every time I tried to eat I took ONE BITE and would gag. I felt so extremely full constantly eventhough I knew I had not eaten. Topamax completely destroyed my appetite and although I've been off of the medication for 6 months I still never crave ANYthing. I eat when I'm hungry but I no longer have any cravings. While taking this medication I lost a lot of my memory. I was constantly hazy or confused and I felt like I was always searching for my task. I became malnourished and confused that I quit taking the medicine completely. I would never recommend this medication bc of side effects!"

   
1.0

Jaurdin (taken for less than 1 month) October 28, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention "I've only been on this medication for 2 weeks now but it has changed my life. I have lived with chronic migraines since my entire life..since I was 18 months old. I have lived with daily headaches and almost daily migraines for the past 10 years and it has taken over my life. Since starting Topamax, I have had 2-3 manageable headaches and I have my life back! It has even taken away chronic fibromyalgia and arthritis pain, given me back my ability to sleep soundly for hours at a time, and has gotten me out of a daily triptan habit that almost caused a stroke a few weeks ago. The side effects (brain fog, drowsiness, etc) are nothing new for me given I have fibromyalgia. A life without pain is worth it to me! What a miracle!!"

   
9.0

paper mate (taken for less than 1 month) October 19, 2016

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For Obesity "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!"

   
9.0

jenna806 October 18, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention "I have had intractable migraine for 28 years, and migraines from the age of 10 until 28 years ago when it never quit.. I went through many different trials of treatment & nothing worked, so finally the headache specialist gave me Vicodin. It worked and I was able to begin living life again. Then a new MD took the Vicodin away and gave me Topamax. MY LIFE WAS HELL. I live alone in a 2 story house and I had to scoot up/down on my butt. I am 66 & disabled (from strokes) and I was terrified. I could barely form sentences, I had terrible brain fog, I couldn't cook a meal as I was so confused I kept burning things. It was horrible. The doc told me to keep taking it but I refused, I felt the side effects were too dangerous for me."

   
1.0

Gama2Mac (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 18, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention "This has been a life saver for me as far as migraines go. At first I had a few of the side effects, brain fog, forgetfulness, but that went away after a month or so. Without this drug, I get at least 2-3 headaches a week ranging from dull to severe. I rarely have a migraine while on it."

   
9.0

Sarabeth73 (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 18, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention "Worst night of my life. I made the mistake of not looking at reviews until I had just popped the pill. I felt like a zombie. I couldn't think or formulate sentences. My body felt like I had needles all over. My legs wouldn't stop shaking. I couldn't see. I cried until I fell asleep and continued to have side effects the next day. I cannot believe they sell this medication. By far the worst experience of my life. I do not recommend this drug to anyone and sincerely recommend anyone considering this drug to not take it."

   
1.0

kmw0795 (taken for less than 1 month) October 13, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention "For the first time in my life (I'm 76 years old) I am migraine free!!! It has been 5 years since I started taking Topamax and I have had only one migraine. I used to have at least one migraine a week and sometimes more since I was a small child complaining about the corner of my head hurt. I would have major pain, vomiting and and have to go to bed in a dark cool room."

   
10

Little sister October 11, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention "I've been in this medication for 3 weeks .At first the effects were unbearable ; brain fog, memory loss , loss for words , sleepingall day . I'm going on my 3rd week and almost all side effects subsided . I still find myself at loss of words sometimes . I started at 121lbs I'm now at 116 and still losing . I find myself never wanting to eat . Soda taste flat . I don't mind . I like the medicine . I take 50mg morning 50mg night prn."

   
10

Ccg77777 (taken for less than 1 month) September 30, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention "I've been on Topamax for probably at least 15 years, 400 mg daily. I'm get debilating migraines. After reading these reviews I guess I am one of the lucky ones as I have not received one side effect. I take it at night. If the migrane is really bad I add one pill of Relpax and that does the job."

   
8.0

Helped (taken for 10 years or more) September 26, 2016

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For Seizure Prevention "Great and Keppra too"

   
10

Calluna September 24, 2016

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For Obesity "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."

   
5.0

britt21any (taken for 1 to 2 years) September 22, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention "Most fantastic feeling to FINALLY be headache and seizure free. But was scratching myself bloody at night. Allergic to the initial weaning on dose(about 1/4 of aimed for dose), blurred vision..had to be taken off. Can't even attempt a trial again. Want to, but apparently risks are too great. Without the allergic reaction, I'd call it heaven sent."

   
6.0

Almost why bother (taken for less than 1 month) September 21, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention "I've had migraines since I was 25 (am now 68) and my life was hell until I discovered Topomax 18 months ago. I must be one of the lucky ones because I didn't have any horrible side effects, just some mild finger tingling. I lost a little appetite but made no difference (I'm slim anyway and probably lost 5 pounds), otherwise... it has been a miracle!! I started with 25mg, increased to 50, then to 100, didn't like it, went back to 50 and am now on 25 again and feel great. Sometimes I also take the generic and have no problem at all."

   
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Bezota September 20, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention "I'm 16 years old and I've had migraines since I was 2 years old. I was on topamax for a month and already started feeling stupid, constantly drowsy, depressed, I couldn't remember what i had done a day ago. Being 16 and still in high school, this was a problem. I ended up having an allergic relationship to the mediation two weeks after taking it. It had felt like I was about to die. I thought I had taken some kind of horrible drug that was about to kill me. I had rapid heart beat, slurring speak, deplayed responses, I was mentally not there, my vision was messed up, and much more. Worst med ever."

   
1.0

Emilyyy1999 September 18, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention "I'm still new to this medicine but i'm still on it. I'm still in high school so I get migraines due to stress a lot. Every morning I'm starting to wake up super early ready to go and super hyper. So hyper that i'm shaking like crazy to the point it looks like i have a tremor. I'm more outgoing on this medication. I am losing little bit of my hair but i'm okay with it. at least i don't have migraines."

   
5.0

Sarah2434653214 September 13, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention "This drug isn't for everyone. The side effects are completely crazy. I have been on it for almost 12 months now. It has provided relief from migraines by almost 95% of the time. This has been a big deal for me. Side effects I've experienced: hands and feet tingle periodically (some days are worse than others), hair loss started 3 months after taking it but began to cease 6 months later, definite brain fog (some days I feel like I'm losing my mind), grogginess (I can only take my dose at night otherwise I'm a zombie during the day), changes in vision, loss of appetite, fatigue, irritability. At first I convinced myself the side effects were worth tolerating compared to having a migraine. But as time goes on, I'm beginning to think im wrong"

   
7.0

Juarek (taken for 1 to 2 years) September 11, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention "This is my first time taking them I already feel the tingling in my face hands and feet. This is a scary feeling and just by reading the reviews I'm already thinking of not continuing this medication, I'm all for weight loss but hair loss and memory loss OMG that's to much, I just want to feel better I've been battling migraine headaches since middle school and now I'm 33 something has to give."

Lrd23 September 2, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention "have been researching and researching for so many years and I have to say that Topamax saved my life. I am currently 23 years old, and I started having these migraines when I was 15. I didn't know that this would be a lifelong thing that would eventually lead me to be on daily medication. The frequency that I would get them,would be more than six times a month. Anyway, I went on propannalol? (Beta blocker), NO SUCESS. & then doctors prescribed me topamax. I didn't have any side effects. At all. No tingling. Nothing. And GUESS WHAT, I didn't have a migraine for 3 years!!!! NOT ONE. but I got off of it, thinking they were "gone" & now I'm suffering with new hormonal migraines. Going back on topamax & hoping for same results!!!!"

   
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Over migraines (taken for 1 to 2 years) August 29, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention "i have been on topamax for a little over 6 years. I started at 25 mg. and slowly went up to 250 mg. I experienced the weight loss, tingling and the other minimal side effects at the lower dose but was encouraged to stay on the meds. As i increased the dose, i started having hair loss, dizziness and "white outs" where i would not be able to see at all for up to 20-30 seconds at a time. I also started having the memory issues. I started seeing a new neuro and we dropped me down to 100 mg. The hair loss stopped but I still get the vertigo. I am now down to 50 mg. I suffer from eye pain in my left eye and still the random dizziness- which is horrible. Weaning off of this - I do Botox injections now for preventative with some relief"

   
4.0

just hurts (taken for 5 to 10 years) August 23, 2016

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For Obesity "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."

   
9.0

Kittensb (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 11, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention "A very dangerous medication. I was prescribed it for headaches. Many side effects were problems I was already having. I told my doctor about I, and so did my wife on many occasions. The doctor said keep taking it, the good out ways the bad. And if I don't take it. They will not try a new.medication,or see me again. So I tried it for 21 days. Hallucination, didn't no if I was awake or dreaming. Many bad things. Then out of know where. I shot myself under the chin. Some how I survived. After coming out of coma and many surgeries. I did more study on the medicine. I'm 46. In the testing of this drug. 31% of all males between 41 & 49 committed suicide on it. That's one in three males. All within the first 30 days. So I was failed by my the docs"

   
1.0

Ckaz (taken for less than 1 month) August 9, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention "I've been on Topimax for going on 3 1/2 months now and met with my doctor twice telling her I absolutely could not be on this medication because I could not perform my job duties at work. I had a very difficult time comprehending very basic stuff. I was put on it for my headaches I've dealt with for near 2 decades. My dr took me off my medication I've been on for 18 years suddenly, which has worked for my heaches, and switched me to Topimax. I decided to push through because I was no longer getting my medication that worked for me and I kept being told that the brain fog would get better wich it has the past 2 weeks. New problem is my hair is falling out in clumps. Every day literal clumps of hair fall out in the shower."

   
4.0

PinkBearsMimi (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 3, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention "I wish I would have read these reviews before I started taking topamax instead of wandering around like a clueless zombie wondering what the hell was wrong with me. As of now I have no solution to my chronic migraines but what else is new, this is the story of my life. Topamax surly isn't the solution. I have no clue if topamax would have worked if taken longer but the side effects are not worth it. Even their website says they are unclear as to how it works. Wtf. I basically felt like I was moving around with no destination.. I couldn't focus, I felt lost, I kept doing things on repeat. I can't live like that. My driving was off. My sight was blury. The pins and needles feeling's in my hands and feet was just awkward and inconvenient."

   
1.0

Allison123 August 2, 2016

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