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Taking Topamax (or Topiramate)
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SinceIwas25 posted:
You asked when to take the preventative Topamax. As a preventative, you take it every day, at the strength your doctor prescribes. And do not stop, even if you feel better. You'll feel better because of the medicine. My Neurologist prescribed my Topamax at a low dose, one at bedtime. And I still had more than 2 or 3 migraines per week. So he upped the Topamax to one 100 mg at bedtime, and I've been mostly better for a number of years. I tried Depakote first, but I had a daily headache, stomach ache, and muscle aches, so I got off of it fast.
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nmickey responded:
I have been taking Topamax a few weeks and the migranes are not as severe. I still have to take other meds when I have migranes. Can you tell me if once you get to the 100 mg level have you had any more migraines? I seem to still have weekend migraines and periodically I wakeup in the early mornings with a migraine. Hoping once I get to the 100 mg this lessens. Currently I am up to 75 mg.
 
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joannegr responded:
Last time I tried Topamax (generic) for migraines, I didn't think it was working, so I stopped. I've been controlling my diet rigorously for the past few months but have been miserable--lots of imitrex, advil, aleve, and no relief. So I went back to the leftover topamax generic but did some research and learned that it doesn't always work, I asked for a prescription for the real thing with $180 3 month co-pay. 50 mg pm, 50 mg am and no imitrex in the 2 weeks since I've been taking it. My internist didn't agree, insisting that the generic worked for her and the name brand was expensive, but she gave in. She was wrong. $60 a month for a night without throwing up and a good day's work, I'd pay anything. I'm even beginning to get part of my brainpower back. Someone described Topamax as making you skinny and stupid. The skinny is 10 pounds--who cares, but the stupid, can't afford that. I work with my daughter on medical research an can't rely on her for everything. Read about my dietary findings on my blog: people-pet blog
 
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Reumi responded:
I took Topamax one year.
Il was a disaster.
I lost my hair, lost weight, but not Migraines.
 
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itmatsb replied to Reumi's response:
Everyone is different. It works well for some and not for others. You just have to try it.


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