116 patient evaluations for Topiramate

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Mar 14, 2012 (Started Jun 15, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for seizures from flashing lights (photosensitive epilepsy))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily

  • 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

May 25, 2012 (Started Mar 12, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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.

  • 0 helpful marks

May 1, 2012 (Started Jul 14, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for migraine headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (mean feelings)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 19, 2012 (Started Feb 13, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Reduced Sweating, alternating constipation and diarrhea, tingling sensation in extremities, constipation, weight loss, difficulty speaking (dysarthria), decreased sweating (hypohidrosis))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 27, 2012 (Started Feb 13, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Reduced Sweating, alternating constipation and diarrhea, tingling sensation in extremities, constipation, weight loss, difficulty speaking (dysarthria), decreased sweating (hypohidrosis))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 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

Aug 7, 2012 (Started Feb 19, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for headaches)
  • Side effects
    Severe (blurry vision, pain behind eye, recurring urinary tract infection, kidney pain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 10, 2012 (Started Jan 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for difficulty sleeping through night)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2012 (Started Feb 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for seizures)
  • Side effects
    Severe (dizziness, dry mouth, paresthesia, hallucinations)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I would never take this medication again. And if any of you smoke weed to alleviate pain this medication causing horrible hallucinations and time lapses accompanied by severe headaches
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 31, 2012 (Started Feb 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for seizures)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dizziness, dry mouth, paresthesia, hallucinations)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I don't recommend this medication
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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