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Now I am worried that when I start it it may interfere with my birth control - - something I hadn't thought about before. What birth control should I be taking to counterbalance Topamax? Right now I'm on the Yaz pill.... I know most of your responses will be that I shouldn't be on an Rx drug without an Rx and my doctor's knowledge, but I have already made up my mind that I will be taking the Topamax. So, please, any recommendations for birth control?
In the pamphelt that came with the medication it mentioned that it can decreased the effectiveness of birth control. Any comments on that? Also, does anyone have anything positive to say about the medication. I was prescribed the med for migraines. It would be nice not to have anymore, but I really don't want to lose my mind (or my hair for that matter). Any help is appreciated. I just started a new job last week and don't want to find a reason for them to let me before my 90 days is up.
The problem for me was that I was on Paxil and estrogen (after a hysterectomy) to control the migraines. I had been on an antidepressant before while I was taking birth control pills; that's when my migraines started. At any rate, the Paxil and estrogen in small doses three times a day worked for about four years--of course we had to fight with the insurance company.
I'm taking 200mg of topamax a day and I'm also on birth control. This has never really been a problem up until recently. I take my BC at 10:00 every night. If I'm even an hour late I will start my period. Sometimes I will just start without messing up on my BC. This month I've had three periods. Last month I had two, the month before I had two, with almost non-stop spotting between them. What's going on? Is this normal? Do I need to be on high dose BC? What should I do?
I have a history of migraines but they've been well under control for years as I take a preventative migraine medicine (topamax-100mg). I started taking birth controls when I was about 13 due to a hormonal imbalance, and for the last 6 years or so I've been on a continuous cycle where I don't have a period. About a month ago, I got a migraine that hasn't gone away since.
Does anyone know if Yaz is still effective when taking 100 mg of Topamax twice a day? I have read that with some forms of birth control, Topamax can lessen it effects. Can anyone help me please??
I was also on it for migraine prevention and my doc took me off when we started trying to get pregnant
Dear Ryan: You are correct and Topramax does effect OCPs. We usually recomment that the patient go on a mid dosage OCP or change the birth control method. One can follow whether there is break through bleeding. I would talk to your wife's OB and get their input about dosing.
I was at the pharmacy and my pharmacist said to take extra birth control measures with topamax so I am assuming topamax will help!!!
I have found this with tegretol, I don't know about topomax but I know that tegretol can stop the birth control pill from working properly - it should tell you in the leaflet that comes with the med. I have stopped my tegretol because of pregnancy symptoms and since stopping all the symptoms have gone (and a negative result thank goodness), yes i'm having migraines but they should pass. I shall be discussing all of this with my psych and I suggest you do the same.
You have to use additional birth control measure. Also There may be changes in the bleeding patterns. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.
So, the hands and feet tingling side effect and the topamax actually working as a migraine drug go hand in hand... this is a very good sign for you!! Birth control can make migraines much worse... it is good that you got the old birth control removed when it made your migraines worse... if you are on a new type of birth control that does not trigger your migraines, that is okay... although some women find they cannot use hormonal birth control at all.
So I am praying Topamax along with my new birth control will do the same magic it did when I was younger. So, my question is why don't other doctors perscribe this when putting a girl on the shot. Solve her problems all together! I work way to hard to be a big girl. I want to puke everytime I look in the mirror. I have more stretch marks than well a stretched out balloon. And I like balloons. What is it with the shot that mad me gain weight that fast?
I am also wondering if any of you have noticed any issues with birth control and topamax. My insurance company's website says topamax will render my birth control ineffective and my dr blew me off with a no it won't, don't worry about it. Any thoughts/insight is appreciated.
I just started taking Topamax 50 mg for migraine control yesterday. My Dr. said the side effects were not bad, but if I noticed any I could take it before bed. Well I took it after I picked it up from the pharmacy at about 3 pm and in the evening I started feeling really sick to my stomach, dizzy, and severe hot flashes. I took a nap because I also was tired. Well I woke up from my nap and had to go to the store and had to come home immediately I felt as though I was going to pass out!!!
I'm using Topamax and have been on it for about three weeks. I'm up to 50mgs and I'm getting ready to up my dosage this week to 75mgs. I've noticed in the past few days that I am starting to have a "revulsion" to food particularly in the morning and at lunch time. I take my dosage at night around 8pm which is why I think I am having such a hard time. It's not hurting my health, just curious if others are experiencing this. Literally, I can barely eat.
I have digenerative disc disease and my neirologist just prescribed topamax, he said it would help with the pain and tingling but could result in weight loss. I am wondering if prescribing topamax for ddd is common among neurologists? I can't seem to find any other information related to topamax as a pain med, only information I have is that it's a powerful drug with lots of side effects, most not so good. The weight loss aspect is the only plus...
does any one have side effects like that. im on 100 mg now. Yes! I was given Topamax for migraine control after I stopped taking Nadolol. I started taking Topamax a little more than 7 days ago, 25mg at night before bed. I've had all sorts of side effects, some I tried to ignore and blame on the recent beta blocker withdrawal I had from Nadolol. Now on my first day off of it. What really convinced me to get off Topamax was the 7th day dose when I went to 50mg at night.
get pregnant too. I.was on birth control since high school and so I don't know if that makes it difficult to get pregnant or if I could get pregnant immediately after getting off of it. All I want to for my baby to be healthy and for me to be healthy I don't want to take topamax when it could cause something to hurt our baby.
Am I supposed to stick it out and keep feeling yucky or should switch back to my birth control that I had basically no problems with except minor breakthrough bleeding? I start my first real job next week and I had to buy all new work clothes b/c I didn't fit into ones I had already! Any opinions??
Aside from watching out for bleeding, it is important to know that topamax may make your birth control pills less effective. This means you may need to have supportive birth control method especially during your fertile periods. Take care and best regards.
Hi! Yes. Birth control pills can increase the size of your breast. Also if you have water retention or fibroadenosis then the breasts can enlarge in size and become painful. If the cup size has increased over a period of days then yes, you need to consult your gynecologist immediately. Also, at your age you should not be having sore tender breasts, unless you are sexually active and pregnant. Hence, it is important to consult your doctor regarding this. Take care!
I just started Topamax. I'm on 25mg/day and will increase by 25mg/week until I reach 100mg. I heard the weightloss effect depends on the dose. So, what dose did everyone here have their success? And what type of diet/eating plan and exercise plan did you do to help it along? I'm desperate to lose 40 lbs (half of which I gained on Zoloft-no longer taking). PLEASE respond if you had any weightloss on this drug, I'm very curious. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!
i have read that it lowers the effectiveness but i have also read that it doesnt happen until you reach doses of 200mg or more. i have also heard that by increasing your birth control dose you can help the effectiveness and my doctor specifically prescribed lutera because it has a higher dosage than most BC. can anyone give me some more info because every where i go i seem to be getting different information, even from doctors.
I have always been a drinker but since the birth of my daughter in Dec 06 I have just lost control. I have been to 4 detox and one rehab but I never stuck the days out, I always left early. My question is, have anyone of you ever been on Tomamax to help curving the cravings? What I have read up on about topamax is that it is usualy prescribed to lose weight and or to decrease ones migrans. I also read that it eventually makes any carbenated drink soda/beer taste awful.
Therefore, I thought I needed my lexapro increased or needed my ADHD med changed (Vyvanse); however, when I told my psychitrist that I switched my birth control to the pill (Seasonique) he totally told me to quit taking it. Therefore, I stopped tonight. I am not taking it anymore. Also, last week, I went to a specialist for my migraines and the doctor has put me back on Topamax. After reading your post, I freaked out. I forgot all about BC not working with topamax.
"Topamax can make birth control pills less effective." I pulled this from a clinically accurate site but go to the medication website itself and also speak to your psychiatrist or doctor and if they are not available pharmacist about this and what to do.
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