Topamax and the sun

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Well, I've been on Biotin since I've started taking Topamax the second time, and most of the time I took it the first time.... the first time I was taking 100mg 2x daily, and had the rash side effect and had to come off cold turkey with the help of ativan they gave me and a no driving restriction for 4 day. I noticed a little hair loss the first time I was taking it, and thought/hoped I was being paranoid... it stopped when I stopped the topamax..
I went to my doctor for a weight issue and he prescribed me Topamax. The first time I didnt really think it was working I took it for the first four weeks and lost about 20lbs. The problem is I was taking it with a few other medication for a nerve disorder due to nerve damage during a surgery i had. The one thing I did notice Is that I started these meds at the same time. Peculiar side effect of one of these meds was that it made sodas taste horrible, now it was hard to tell which one it was.
when the sun wasn't out and I was depressed, it raised my mood. But, one afternoon, the sun was out and I was feeling normal and happy. I took a 300mg dose and within 15 minutes, I became very, very agitated. There was also one night where I took a dose around bedtime. I was feeling tired and ready for bed until I took the Lithium, but it caused a bad bout of insomnia. I went from drowsy to wide away when I took it. Right now, I feel like I am getting back to normal.
Well, sometimes when I'm sitting at the computer, my toes will go numb but I hardly ever feel tingly in my lips and stuff like I did at the beginning. I'm glad for that! The one other thing I had (and I guess I still do) is the overheating sensation. Like your internal thermostat all of a sudden gets set on high. I don't know....maybe I'm just having hot flashes! I really do think your body will adjust to the meds and your appetite will return.
again everyone.... I went to see Dietitian the other day and she is so pleased on the results of the topamax. Let me back track a little I promise It'll be a short one. I was sent to my Dietitian from my Endrconologist for my thyroid;they found that I had high sugar so they had to put me on a low-carb diet like that helped! anyway, my Dietition found out that I had been on Depakot(for 9 years) and to my surprise the main side-effect is weight gain... and of course, my dr.
It was extremely impressive the way the lens moved forward initially. After a week, the lens moved back to normal position and the eye looked completely different as if from another person. It was really something I will never forget. She could have gone blind if she hadn't stopped the drug and gone to the emergency room.
There is one called Follicle Booster which is expensive, but helps a lot. And drink tons of water. Topamax is dehydrating and water will help the tingling sensations you get, along with the brain fog that comes with it. A couple of gallons of water a day will help. That's a lot, but you'll notice the difference. Plus you need to replenish your electrolytes with an occasional sports drink. Again, speaking from experience here. Good luck!
There is absolutely no way to predict who will get this side effect and it can occur even at very low doses. If you are already taking Topamax and you notice any early signs of vision loss or eye pain please see an ophthalmologist immediately.
So, be mindful of the side effects if you decide to take the topamax and the higher the dose the more severe the side effects. What happened to me may not happen to you. Good luck!
When I first began on it, the appetite loss was extreme but I eventually adjusted. I have lost almost 50 pounds on the drug and have finally got into a size 10 just this month. My goal is a size 8, 150 pounds as I am 5 foot 6 inches tall. I have had issues with trying to think of words when I need to, the nickname "dopamax" for the drug is definitely right on! I have also had some minor hair loss here and there but nothing too drastic.
The Dr I'm seeing is suppose to be a headache specialist and I think a neurologist as well...the Dr I saw when the headaches started was a neurologist.... Neither one has done anything but give me a survey to fill out....and throw some pills at me.....the first Dr gave me topamax which I could not take!! I told both in the survey that I had really bad migraines when I was younger, but they didn't ask any questions about those... I had two at seven yrs and one at sixteen....
my prior NL was going to rx Diamox if Topamax didn't work. All the current NL and PCP say no to Diamox. Do you know when your problems can you track it back to a specific moment?
you have many of the same symptoms as i have, and i have been through many many years of doctors and testing, ruling out everything under the sun moon and stars, all the while becoming somewhat of an expert researcher. you don't have als, parkinsons or alzhiemers.
For that I'm diligent about my migraine prevention medication (topamax), and I *pounce* with my PRN migraine meds at the first sign of an actual attack (Maxalt-MLT or Sumavel Dosepro, depending on what type of migraine I'm having). **Tonya: I hope the new antibiotics work out better for you and that you're on the mend soon. I feel your pain (I think perhaps literally ... I'm waiting for a call back on the results of my urine culture ...
I know I was really out of it when I started the TOPAMAX and could not see it as a help...but it was, I listened to my Dr and tried it again and stuck with it thru the side effects I had, u may need to ask ur Dr and mayb u need to change the dosage or the med.
Topamax (the anticonvulsant) and Nadolol (the Beta Blocker) and Botox Injections. I also take anywhere from 300mg to 600mg of Magnesium a day and 300mg of Coenzyme Q10. My acute treatment plan is quite detailed. My first line of treatment for an acute attack is always Zomig Nasal Spray and I sometimes use Naproxen at the same time as the Zomig Nasal Spray. If the Zomig+Naproxen fails, then I will use an antiemetic called Metoclopramide.
- reason was for anxiety, depression, and total emotional craziness due to HepC treatment, BUT they were very gentle with me (as I was also VERY reluctant to live like a zombie again) and they helped me thru the HepC treatment, and I've chosen to stay on the Paxil (lowest dose they make) and I feel more emotionally 'sound' than I ever have before withOUT feeling numb. In otherwords, I can control my emotions, but still feel them. I feel like this is what I've needed since I was 14.
I have the exact same thing as you. It comes more in the summer when i am hot and my eyes are hot and dry and tired. I am being investigated at the moment for either lupus or MS. It is quite a freaky thing when you wake up and your eye is shut, and mostly I have to force it open again, its almost like the muscles have stopped working. I mentioned it to my GP and she just said it was all to do with my illness. What is BFS?
My psychiatrist is weening me off the Lexapro and is giving me Topamax which should induce weight-loss and also lessen the side effects of going off the Lexapro. Unfortunately, there is a lot of side effects of Topomax as well but weight gain is not one of them and need to loose the weight now !!!!
He also told me he recently found out he was the antichrist and he felt really bad about that and that I had better watch out cause I had mated with him and produced the son of the antichrist and they would be coming after us too. Well I got scared then, and avoided him.
For a person who is experiencing this for the first can be VERY upsetting and disturbing. I was there before as well...the first time I went through this, I was convinced there was something wrong with my eyes. Everything just "looked" so weird, so odd. I almost felt like I was having out of body experiences...or was watching the world through a movie projector, instead of through my own eyes and mind.
I will wake up in the morning and feel ok, then about 1/2 hour later this pressure/pain will start on the left side of my head near the top. It will seem to intensify and then lessen itself throughout the day with no real rhyme or reason to when it is worse or better. If I ignore it and go about my business it seems to get slightly better but if I acknowledge it.. it seems to get worse. Is this all from anxiety? I am so worried that it is something so serious.
one of the diets i am on is really freat and the food is fantastic is the biggest looser cookbook its like 15 dollars at barnes and noble the recipes are great and affordable i am married and we live on a 100 dollar a month food buget and we seem to feat at every meal. If you are like me i always had cravings for doughnuts and icecream and energy drinks and soda i also have a portion control problem.
He said that with the history of side effects I have had from the Topamax, Gabapentin and the Lyrica he feels that I would not benefit enough from the drugs right now to warrant having to live with the side effects. He said that my diease, while not inactive, is still there and he will keep a close eye on me and right now I am just suffering the effects of the lesions that are already present. He said that since I have not had any new symptoms the odds are that nothing will have changed.
) vision impairment (before, I use to get blurry-sited in my perpherials, but now I can't see when I look start ahead, almost like when you start at the sun and than look around inside a building) nausea and vomiting, dizziness and confusion/lack of comprehension. To my knowledge, I speak normal, clearly and coherently, but I don't understand what others are saying to me, and everyday objects, I don't know what they are.
Wish I could help I am in the same boat for a few years and had every test under the sun. The strange thing is if you look at my links post above it shows something on the right side which is where my main problem is coming from with the fluid going into my ears, starts on the right side. Aside from the headache ears always hurt, ring and sounds of popping esecially right ear. My last ct scan show scar tissue and fluid doctors tells me its nothing.
On the positive side, Effexor is an amazing antidepressant, I tried wellbutrin first and it didn't help compared to the Effexor. Everyone is different, Effexor is know for having the worst withdrawl so you need to make sure the DR. takes you off it slowly. Good Luck!
I have since had them triggered by looking out a window at the bright sun shinning on the snow. A collision while playing sports. Hitting my head in and ATV accident and recently for no apparent reasons at all. I was getting them about once every 3-4 years after my 20th birth day, but all of a sudden started getting them again and today had my 3rd one in 5 months. Still only affects my left side.
I knew I wasn't depressed and had had bad experiences before with being prescribed them based on past misdiagnoses of depression as the etiology of my pain. however, I gave the new doctor the benefit of the doubt and tried the savella and my pain vanished almost immediately. I'm having some side affects, but they seem to be gradually diminishing. I've been on it for about 2 months and it's still freaky to realize that there's no constant pain.
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