116 patient evaluations for Topiramate

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Nov 21, 2011 (Started Aug 17, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for headaches)
  • Side effects
    Mild (numbness and tingling with pins and needles)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 21, 2011 (Started Aug 17, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: weight loss
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Oct 26, 2011 (Started Aug 09, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for numbness and tingling with pins and needles)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 5, 2011 (Started Sep 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (word fishing, brain fog, memory problems)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: on vacation forgot topirmate office said it was ok. Off it a week, then forgot to go back on. Felt wonderful for 6 weeks, then severe TN attack. MS Neurologist sid ok to stay off had started neurontin.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: word fishing, memory problems, brain fog, brain fog

Oct 4, 2011 (Started Sep 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (word fishing, brain fog, memory problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: word fishing, memory problems, brain fog, brain fog

May 18, 2011 (Started Sep 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (word fishing, brain fog, memory problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: possible memory problems time and dose related
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: word fishing, memory problems, brain fog, brain fog

Mar 10, 2009 (Started Sep 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (word fishing, brain fog, memory problems)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: Worth the trial.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: word fishing, memory problems, brain fog, brain fog

Mar 1, 2009 (Started Sep 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (memory problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This did help my pain which I realizied more after stopping because I felt that it was causing me to be forgetful It was more helpful than hurtful.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: word fishing, memory problems, brain fog, brain fog

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Sep 15, 2011 (Started Sep 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for trigeminal neuralgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have suffered hair loss from taking this medication. It is very helpful for sleep for me.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 1, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Severe (memory loss)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I urge all people who are taking, or are thinking of taking, this drug to stop immediately. I am a 28 year-old woman who was prescribed this drug for migraines before the lupus, MS, and hypothyroidism was diagnosed. The side effects of Topiramate are SO severe - I have lost significant portions of my memory, and even though I stopped the drug six months ago, the memories are not coming back. I not only cannot remember graduate coursework, but I have forgotten sentimental moments with my loved one, forgotten people who I used to know, and still have cognitive difficulties. PLEASE do not take this drug. It really didn't help with my migraines either, but I stayed on the drug because I was afraid of weight gain, and was just used to the status quo of taking it everyday (and none of my doctors ever told me to stop). I know the drug is also prescribed for epilepsy and to assist people to quit smoking, but I urge you to evaluate why you need it. If you are taking it for migraines or to quit smoking, don't take it... I think the chance of getting lung cancer is better than living as an amnesiac.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 19, 2011 (Started Jun 19, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (spaced out, hair loss)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I notice that my hair is falling out. I am very spacey. It does help control my seizures so I do take this, with the side effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: hair loss, spaced out

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 16, 2011 (Started Jun 14, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (suicidal thoughts or urges, feeling of heart pounding, trouble spelling, night cramps in legs and feet, numbness in hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: I stopped Topamax (generic) in January when my neuro put me on generic keppra. There has not been any improvement with that drug and I do not like the effects of it. Neuro has started me on Topamax again. 06/14/11 I began taking 1/2 caplet of topamax at bedtime along with my regular dose of 4 dilantin and 2 keppra. Gradually I will build the dose up to 2 tablets of topamax daily with 4 dilantin (as before) and stop the keppra. Wish me luck! My meds are all generic prices.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: suicidal thoughts or urges, feeling of heart pounding, trouble spelling, numbness in hands, night cramps in legs and feet

Jan 10, 2011 (Started Jun 14, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (suicidal thoughts or urges, feeling of heart pounding, trouble spelling, night cramps in legs and feet, numbness in hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Manage: I took Topamax 2x daily. 1 in the morning with food and 1 in the evening with supper. 2. Benefits: It made lose weight. 3. Impact: Learning to adjust to it's side effects.
Side effects: suicidal thoughts or urges, feeling of heart pounding, trouble spelling, numbness in hands, night cramps in legs and feet

Jun 24, 2010 (Started Jun 14, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (suicidal thoughts or urges, feeling of heart pounding, trouble spelling, night cramps in legs and feet, numbness in hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: 1.Manage: Inform and prepare yourself for this drug. If you are experienced with taking medications you may manage well with it. If you are a weak person, you may want to try something else. 2. Benefits: Weight loss and it keeps it off. Please do not use this drug for weight loss!! It might sharpen your cognitive or judgment skills but it's only temporary. Then they may become clouded. 3. Impact: Food flavor may suddenly change. There will be times when you are sleeping that you will awake to your heart pounding in your chest...feeling of impending doom, thoughts of being sicker than you really are and ideas of suicide are side effects you may experience with this drug. Brand name or generic it is a high priced drug.
Side effects: suicidal thoughts or urges, feeling of heart pounding, trouble spelling, numbness in hands, night cramps in legs and feet

Jun 22, 2010 (Started Jun 14, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (suicidal thoughts or urges, feeling of heart pounding, trouble spelling, night cramps in legs and feet, numbness in hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Topamax helped me drop weight but that's not why I agreed to take it. I wanted to be seizure free! And the spells stopped for 6 months but then they started up again. One must be very careful when using this drug because it has many side effects. I have learned to recognize them and distinguish the difference between me and the drug but the most bothersome and hardest to cope with is the sudden rush of my heart pounding on my chest. It scares me to death. I think it's time for me to get off this drug. Please be careful if you use this drug. It's also very expensive in generic brand too.
Side effects: suicidal thoughts or urges, feeling of heart pounding, trouble spelling, numbness in hands, night cramps in legs and feet

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Jun 6, 2011 (Started Feb 10, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (metallic taste in mouth, mental confusion, dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: dry mouth, taste altering, weight changes, confusion
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: dry mouth, mental confusion, metallic taste in mouth

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 5, 2011 (Started May 31, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Severe (brain cloud)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 18, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Mild (weight loss, fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: when i itially took it, i lost weight, but after a year these effects stopped. It also stopped nasty flashbacks. I take it as a mood stablizer. The 150mg dose made me a little drowsy so i am trying 100mg instead.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: weight loss, fatigue

Jan 1, 2008 (Started Jan 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: taken on its own or with just anti depressants helps you loose weight!!!!!
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: weight loss, fatigue

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