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Topamax Update


Monday, November 18, 2013

I am on week 3-1/2 of Topamax and so far I think it's helping with my migraines. I'm still getting them but not daily like I was. Definitely not as severe, knock on wood I didn't just jinx myself. I'm only up to 50 mg per day so far. If you've never taken it, let me tell you how the dosage works. You're supposed to start out with 1 dose of 25 mg at night for a week, then increase to two 25 mg doses, one in the morning, one at night for a week (or however long your doctor recommends), then gradually increase until for me it will be 100 mg per day for now, but some people go higher. I stayed on the 25 mg for a little over a week because I got the prescription in the middle of the week and I am bad with remembering dates, so I waited until the next Sunday to increase. With the increase came tingling in my hands and feet shortly after my dose, so I am waiting another week to increase to my dose to 75 mg per day.

As for the weight loss side effect.... Oh yes that is going well. I have not stepped on the scale since starting it but I am certain I have lost. Of course I did just have food poisoning for a few days but that wasn't that drastic. I have not had a craving for a soda at all for two entire weeks now. I admit I bought a Sprite the other night because you know when you're sick sometimes it helps soothe your stomach. Well to me it was a mouth full of foam. My husband got a free drink though. lol I also have not had a craving for any of the junk food that I normally crave. Two weeks ago when I first started noticing my appetite changing I got a small bag of Cheetos from the vending machine one day. And I had gone to the snack bar in another building on a different day and got mini donuts. I ate them but they did not quite hit the mark as usual. The next week I had gone to get a sweet tea and intended to get a snack as well but nothing looked appealing. I have not snacked on anything other than an occasional cup of applesauce since then.

Anyways today I am wearing a pair of pants I have not worn in over a month because they had gotten too tight and they are a little bit loose on me. I'm still not sure if I'm ready to step on the scale again just yet though...
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