119 patient evaluations for Topiramate

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May 19, 2014 (Started Jul 29, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (hair loss, hair loss)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: after trying 4 different kinds of seizure med gained 70 lbs I asked to go back to Dilantin . now they feel other meds or symptoms may be counteracting with my Dilantin from working , trying me on metformin for sugar to help with counteractions .
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 8, 2014 (Started Jul 29, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (hair loss, hair loss)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have to take topomax reg DAW because the generic topomax causes me to have , pedimal seizures . No matter what the dr, or insurance co. tells you , the generic is not as safe , always found out many times with other meds .
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Mar 15, 2014 (Started Jun 30, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jan 8, 2014 (Started May 15, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for persistent aura without infarction)
  • Side effects
    Severe (electric shock sensation in feet)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Worked for awhile, but the electric shocks to my feet grew to be unbearable and lasted for up to 5 mins. which doesn't sound bad, but it was extreme as if I was being electrocuted
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jan 1, 2014 (Started Jul 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fuzzy thinking)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Switched to Botox shots for migraine; work just as well

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Dec 19, 2013 (Started Nov 08, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I liked this med it just got to expensive for me

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Nov 26, 2013 (Started Feb 09, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for migraine headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: none
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Nov 13, 2013 (Started Aug 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (hair loss, auras, weight loss)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Slowly top up on this medication to reduce side effects and help your body get used to it.

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Aug 18, 2013 (Started Oct 13, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication can cause you to loose a little weight. That said do NOT think this is a weight lose drug! You may only lose 5 lbs and it will only last a few months. Reason- you might not want to eat as much (great idea). As for migraine use- medication seems to work very well. BUT know it is designed to work in steps. If the level you are on isn't working talk with your doctor because they can and will increase the amount. Available in generic for cost savings.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Aug 15, 2013 (Started Oct 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for neuropathic pain- waist down and hands)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily

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Jun 6, 2013 (Started Jan 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (vision changes, sensory changes, sleepiness, hard sneezing, weight loss, cough, sensory sensitivity, numbness and tingling with pins and needles, heightened sense of smell (hyperosmia), decreased appetite)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have been on seizure control meds all my life, this is the first one that actually helped me lose weight instead of gain it. I'm not on very much Topamax, and the rumor I heard/read was that people using it gave it the name Dopamax. I'm a writer and artist. I depend on my brain, needing it to work properly so I can have a happy and functioning life. I take my 3 pills all at once, 75 mg, at night before bed so I can write during the day. It was the only way I could do it. I still feel sleepy at times but I don't feel dopey... but I'm not on a lot either. The other thing I'd say is to be prepared for an entourage of strange sensory changes and sensitivities. I see in HD, as I like to put it, experience De Javu' all the time now, see titles on book come off the cover as though I'm wearing 3D glasses all the time, I taste smell and taste certain things at certain times of the day like burning fabric or the smell of metals like iron. I also cough for no reason and I am sneezing all the time now and it's not allergies... of which I don't have any. Should you take this med, I'd say take lots of notes, start slow, and keep the communication lines very open with your doctor.

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