30 patient evaluations for Topiramate taken for the purpose of 'epilepsy'

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Dec 16, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (paresthesia)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 12, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for cluster headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was Actually put on Topamax for my epilepsy. Controlling my headaches was the best side effect from a medication that I ever experienced. But I still find that getting a good nights sleep and trying my best to eat healthy helps a lot.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: fingers tingling

Jan 7, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for epilepsy)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for cluster headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Side effects: fingers tingling

Mar 1, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for cluster headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Topamax has been a very good for me. When I first went onit it was just to controll seizures, but then I started having cluster headaches it was increased . I do my very best not to miss a dose of medication. I also try to get to know the people at the pharmacy(they know me by name) it helps me when I hve any probs.
Side effects: fingers tingling

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 4, 2015 (Started Oct 10, 1988)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: this has been a "miracle drug" for me no seizures.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 28, 2013 (Started Oct 10, 1988)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: take as directed. no seizures.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 13, 2010 (Started Oct 10, 1988)

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

Mar 11, 2010 (Started Oct 10, 1988)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: no seizures for the past 11 months.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 19, 2009 (Started Oct 10, 1988)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: it really worked for me. reduced my seizures to a few per yr.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 6, 2013 (Started Jan 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (vision changes, sensory changes, sleepiness, hard sneezing, weight loss, loss of appetite, cough, sensory sensitivity, numbness and tingling with pins and needles, too strong sense of smell (hypersensitivity to smells))
  • 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.

  • 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

Jun 17, 2012 (Started Mar 07, 2007)

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

Aug 25, 2010 (Started Mar 07, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

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

Jan 5, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 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

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