Topamax for sleep disorders

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Topamax is for migraines
Good news is that I have been on Topamax for over six months now and very happy with it. My side effects went away probably almost after a month. I am up to 75mgs. I noticed that when I changed dosage levels or missed a dosage, that affected the side effects. So that could be part of the reason. Also, might it help if change the time of day you take it? For me, I do better now taking it at night. Differs with each person though. Good luck!
I am a 39 year old woman and I have been taking topamax for about seven months. I am very pleased with the way it has worked on my mood swings. I feel solid and strong for the first time in 10 years. What I am not so happy about is that it is making my hair fall out, at least I think it is. My doctor can find no other medical reason for the problem. Has anyone else had this problem and if so what have you done about it?
Hi I started Topamax a month ago for sezures. I have been thin a size 4 for quite a few years. Im 28 years old. I was pregnant in April and lost the baby and sadly gained 20 pounds so when I had to take Topamax I was glad it could help with weight loss. Im at 100 millagrams. I have weird sezures that wake me up at nite I feel like Im having a heart attack I get sweaty and very sick. They say I have a high heart rate but I think its from my sezures. Autonomic sezures.
I started taking Topamax 1 1/2 years ago for my headaches and to my surprise it help my bulimia significally. I take 50mg in the morning and 50mg at night and has really made a huge difference for ME. Is this normal?? Why is it helping me? I have not said a word to my doctor about it helping the bulimia as she and everyone else is unaware of my problem with bulimia.
Hi I just wanted to tell my story, I went back to the doctor today and they have to wean me off the Topamax I was on it for Migraines. I am also on Wellbutrin for depression and have been for years. They put me on the Topamax about 3 weeks ago I have notice some weight lost however I went "crazy" lol.
My dr. put me on Topamax... for migranes, but also for weightloss... He says it will really kick in and start helping me shed weight once I get up to the 150-200mg mark. I am currently on 100mg's/day and will increase to 150mgs by the weeks end...then 200mg's by the following week... Anyone else use this drug and what are your experiances at the different dosage levels? I have no headaches at all which I love...
I've been on Topamax for about a year now at 75mg x 2 day i can put up with most of the side effects but the last few weeks i've been getting hair loss. i did not know this was one of the side effects of Topamax and the only way i found out was by going on the web , i think we should get told more about this side effect of topamax it's not nice seeing your hair washing away every time you want to wash your hair.
I'm in the process of being tested for vasovagal near syncope (as I haven't lost consciousness). I have had a sleep-deprived EEG and an MRI, both coming back normal. I had an EKG, which was normal. Next week I'm on to an ultra-sound of the heart and then a tilt-table test. My neurologist thought these were psychic seizures but the testing didn't confirm her suspicions.
I have been on Topamax for 2.5 years now for Seasonal Affective Disorder(SAD). The current dose is 400mg for more than half that time. Many years ago I was on Lithium and gained 200lbs during the 6 year period that I was taking it. But after I went off the drug and went to a natural regimen, found that my body would not allow me to lose any substantial amount of weight without gaining it back. I carried this weight for 15 years.
I am looking for alternative approaches for my chronic migraines, usually 2 migraines per week, 1 of which is completely debilitating. I tried a 5mg dose of Ritalin (1x day) for a week and it was a migraine free week (despite high stress and sleep deprivation due to work). I realize a week is not enough to make a judgement call, so I am looking for advice from those that have tried it for this purpose, or the medical community, before I talk to my neurologist.
I tried a few meds from my neuro and nothing helped. I even asked him for Topamax but he said it wouldn't help. Well one of my other docs, when I told him everything, put me on Topamax and in a week I had about a 70% reduction in the jerking. I'm sure it doesn't work for everyone but I just wanted to share my experience. Good luck and I hope you feel better!
So, I thought it was from my Topamax. My Dr took me off of my Topamax for a while, and it wasn't my Topamax. And the burning sensation is unbelievable. And the crawling sensation that goes through my head like there are bugs running through my scalp. People keep telling me to get tested for MS, but if MRI's can come back normal even if you do have MS why bother? Then someone told me that some migraines can mimic TIA or mini strokes.
If it is severe, we can consider referral to a therapist for help. 4. Too much or too little sleep can trigger headaches. Pay attention to this, and note whether or not you are tending to trigger headaches from sleeping too little or too much. People differ as to how much sleep is “right” for them. 5. Caffeine can precipitate headaches. I encourage patients to try stopping caffeine altogether for a few weeks, and we can decide together whether or not caffeine might be contributing.
The symptoms include widespread myalgia and arthralgia, cognitive difficulties, chronic mental and physical exhaustion, headaches and concentration difficulty and memory problems. Sleep-related disorders and depression are other possibilities. You must consult a sleep specialist. Hope this helps. It is difficult to comment beyond this at this stage. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
Pain pills are just pain pills. They do squat for inflammation. They might help you sleep but at least the medrol actually does something for inflammation long term. Ask your doc about using that if your pain won't go away. Medrol is heaven for me and I'm only 126 lbs. and know it can make me gain weight but when it gets rid of the pain, I don't care. I have never gained more than 5 lbs. at most taking it.
), but that never really seemed to help much, and I sort of gave up on it. I also did an overnight sleep study to rule out any sleeping disorders, and that came back fine as well. I'm in relatively good health otherwise, however I have had lots of neck and back pain even before this happened. However, I have also noticed I tend to have to stretch and "crack" my neck a lot more often now. Some times my neck hurts so bad that it's hard to fall asleep.
Ambien is the only one that's truly effective - it undoes anxiety, pain, and stress. Unfortunately, it's NOT good for daytime use (since it's meant for sleep and it causes hallucinations/psychosis and amnesia if you stay up) so I only take it at night before I go to bed.
You could also be having sleep related disorders. Neck strain, spondylotic changes in cervical vertebrae, bone disease or bad posture should be looked into. There is a chance you have pinched nerves very high up in the cervical vertebrae level. Hence you need MRI of this region for diagnosis. High blood pressure and transient ischemic attacks or mini strokes are the other possibilities. Discuss these possibilities with your neurologist. Hope this helps.
Have Imodium AD handy for the runs, take lots of jacuzzi's or hot baths for muscle aches and anxiety, eat healthy food, remove yourself from stress and responsibility, watch movies, relax, sleep, for about 10 days. Then get hooked up to AA and a sponsor. That's my A-list detox, and nobody knows like me. The voice of all-too-much-experience signing off. Good luck.
There are several of us on here who have a similar eye complaint: seeing a bright flash, like the afterimage of a flash bulb, when we blink, and sometimes, on upgaze. This is transient symptom for most of us, lasting anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. When the "spot" in our visual field passes over a dark background, the spot appears light. When the spot passes over a light background, it appears dark.
·sleep disorders, stress, and other chronic-pain conditions such as lupus, osteoarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. While sjogren's disease typically occurs in people with those who have rheumatic disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma or polymyositis. This is usually inherited. One thing that some of these conditions have in common is that they involve sensitization of the nervous system.
Started Baclofen for Muscle cramps and to help sleep and Cymbalta for depression and nerve pain. End November Early Dec. - Went to Mayo - Neuro #4 - Did repeat MRI Brain w/ Contrast (1.5T Machine)and lumbar MRI along with numerous blood tests and neuro ophthal. consult. All tests normal except severe lumbar degenerative changes in spine. Conclusion : Post viral Syndrome but still does not explain "illeopsoas weakness" during neuro exam.
The doctor is having a hard time finding medication for me because I have also suffered from eatting disorders for 15 years and this is the only medication we have found that the side effect is not weight gain. Can anybody give me some advice? Do this anxious feeling go away? I cannot sit still!! I also find it hard to drive because i cannot concentrate on the road. Okay thanks...I HOPE somebody has some advice for me..am I going crazy?????
I am currently taking topamax (for the anxiety), triamterine (for the meniers), and kavinace (for sleep aid and anxiety). My husband and I want another child, but I know that topamax is not safe during pregnancy, and I am unsure of the triamterine and kavinace. Although I have not had a panic attack in a long time, and seem to be doing great, I am afraid I will end up right where I was if I start messing around with my meds.
I have being having these neck pains for weeks I had dizziness,ear ache ,blurry vision .sinus heaache ,neck pain .I went to a neurologist and dianosed me witgh migrane .She prescribed me Topamax 50 mg a day .I have to do an MRI tomorrow .Can anyone tell me what can be happening to me ?Patricia M.
I have seen nerologist, and RA. I have been on Topamax, on lyrica and other pain medications. My muscles get weak in legs and arms, I sometimes have to use wheelchair to weak to walk for any distance. But I am able to ride my bike. I sleep very little due to the burning in legs and jerking. Any Suggestions would be appreciated. I am 55 years old.
It can also be due to idiopathic causes, side effect of certain medications, stress, irritation of the cornea, fatigue, lack of sleep, prolonged staring at a computer screen or television and even from nervous system disorders. There is also a type of migraine, called hemiplegic migraine, which presents with numbness and tingling sensations. If your present medications do not work, inform your doctor about this also for proper management. Take care and do keep us posted.
Actually, both medications were originally created as anti-seizure medications. Topamax was recently approved for migraine prevention...and both are used for nerve pain and "off label" for stuff such as eating disorders, adjunct bipolar medications, and even depression and eating disorders.
Born at 32 weeks, wgt 3 lbs 15 oz, 18 " head circumference 15" Nicu stay for 3 weeks, uneventful, O2 by NC first 24 hours. Progressed from nippling to breast feeds at 3 weeks Delays noticed by 6 mos, no rolling, crawling, babbling, waking every 2 hrs at night. Ped it was due to preemie, referred for therapy 12 mos to ped neuro. Ordered MRI MRI of brain show (delayed) myelination, nothing else 15 mos new ped neuro, additional OT, PT and speech therapy ordered.
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