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AAAAHEADACHES posted:
I KNOW THAT THE SIDE EFFECTS ON THE BOTTLES OF MEDICINE NORMALLY SOUND WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM YOU HAVE. ONE SIDE EFFECT OF TOPOMAX IS GLOUCOMA, AND OTHER EYE PROBLEMS.

I WAS TOLD BY MY NEURO-OPTHAMOLOGIST THAT I HAVE A BULGING IRIS LIKELY DUE TO TOPOMAX.
I STOPPED THE MEDICINE IMMEDIATELY (WHICH YOU ARENT SUPPOSED TO DO, I HAD MILD ANXIETY ATTACKS FOR A COUPLE WEEKS AFTER).
NOW IF THE EYE DROPS FOR 7 WEEKS DONT HELP, I'LL HAVE TO HAVE A HOLE LASERED IN MY IRIS... YIKES.
JUST BEWARE, IF YOU START HAVING ANY VISION PROBLEMS WHILE ON THE TOPOMAX TO NOT COUNT IT AS JUST GETTING OLDER OR WHATEVER, IT COULD BE A SYMPTOM OF EYE PROBLEMS CAUSED BY THE TOPOMAX.
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Timothy Collins, MD responded:
The glaucoma from topamax is acute (sudden onset) severe glaucoma, and causes sudden onset of severe eye pain and redness. I've only seen 2 patients in the last 10 years who have had this from topamax.

Your are correct, more patients need to know about this. Blurred vision can be caused by Topamax (and many other medications) but is not a serious problem like the painful eye condition caused by topamax.
 
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charlee72 replied to Timothy Collins, MD's response:
I started taking Topomax in Jan.of 2010. for migraines that I started having due to nerve damage.I had two disk removed from my neck, C5-C7. Topomax is the only medicine so far that has work, but since I started thating them, I have not been able to drink soda of any kind..I have not lost any weight thought. I also take Nortriptylin, have since Jan. 2008 for chronic pain..
 
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An_204995 responded:
Topamax was prescribed along with morphine for a back problem & I was one that could eat Road Kill without issues but Topamax made me feel worse by the day with a metallic taste in the mouth.

After about 3 weeks I began to vomit and had diarrhea that went on for 2 days; since this was a new Dr he wanted me to try it again as he thought it was a stomach bug so I took it for a few days and vomited my guts up as well as being on the toilet.

I know Drs need to use caution with narcotics but I was prescribed dozens of seizure drugs, anti-depressants before and finally with MSContin; the drugs prescribed destroyed a perfectly good Road Kill tolerant stomach.

Neurontin turned me into an angry raging bull & I asked if anyone else had anger issues with it on another forum several years ago; out of the several hundred people on the spinal forum about 4 people responded that they to were like a mad drunk when taking it.

Effexor would disconnect my brain while driving; I would not go to sleep, was wide awake but would miss a few seconds while driving and was off of the road in a yard another time driving in the wrong lane on a highway with a lot of coal buckets on it; finally I quit allowing myself to be a Guinea Pig as I would be a dead Guinea Pig if I kept trying drugs that really did more harm than good.

Morphine has worked just fine for 11 years without tolerance issues taken care of by 3 X a day dosing after my 2nd year.

I don't trust the FDA to keep track of the medications that injure or kill clandestinely as nobody is looking for these in highway fatalities.

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