119 patient evaluations for Topiramate

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Nov 4, 2008 (Started May 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Severe (weight loss, yeast infection (candida))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: loss of appetite can be a plus or negative
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: weight loss, yeast infection (candida)

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Aug 26, 2008 (Started Sep 10, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (feet tingling, hands tingling, cachexia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: You must follow the directions to the letter. Topamax is risky for seizures if you don't take it properly. If you drop it suddenly, you may risk a seizure. Follow the drs orders, ask your doctore before you quit it, follow the orders to quit if you do.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: feet tingling, hands tingling, cachexia

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Mar 15, 2008 (Started Sep 15, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (memory problems, numbness and tingling with pins and needles, anorexia (appetite loss), cognitive confusion)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I essentially lost 6 months of my life. I only have a few impressions, almost a memory of a horrible nightmare. According to my wife, I don't want to remember it.

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Feb 10, 2008 (Started Nov 16, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Severe (head tingling, brain fog, migraine headaches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Quit if it doesn't work right away.
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: migraine headaches, head tingling, brain fog

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Nov 6, 2007 (Started Oct 14, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bipolar rapid cycling)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (head tingling, visual hallucinations)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: The medication was only minimally effective at best, but with the side effects even that much was hard to tell. I had regular visual hallucinations in my peripheral vision.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: head tingling, visual hallucinations

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Jan 1, 2007 (Started May 31, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Severe (seizures, lack of motivation, loss of weight, metallic taste in mouth, weight loss, decreased appetite)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: NEVER take
Cost: $100-199 monthly

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Aug 15, 2004 (Started Jul 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Severe (head tingling, nausea, mood swings, headaches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Be very careful with this medication and take as directed. Make sure to follow directions if you need to stop this medication due to serious side effects and withdrawls including seizures.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: head tingling, nausea, mood swings, headaches

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Apr 1, 2002 (Started Apr 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (acidosis)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Side effects: acidosis

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Jul 7, 2000 (Started May 28, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for BOTH EPILEPY AND PHYSCOSIS)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (ACUTE PHYSCOSIS WICH HAD TO BE TREATED WITH PROMAZINE 50 MG ORAL OR IM, psychotic symptoms (anxiety depression fear))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The impact this drug had on my social and my whole life were unpleasant, it was given me both to treat my epilepsy and physocis I was going through at the time. The only alternative was Carbamazipine which was ruled out due to severe liver damage. I was on a mental health unit at this time and was treated with it whilst in hospital
Cost: < $25 monthly

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