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4/28/14 8:03 A

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How is it helping w/your nerve pain? I've been having non - diabetic neuropathic pain in my hands for 4 yrs. Had to quit my job. Touching a piece of paper or fabric or even water hurts. Tried Neurontin but got hives w/in 2 days & was very sedated at very low "beginning" dose. On pain pills but they just keep me out of the ER. Live like a hermit as nothing is enjoyable when in so much pain. Mayo Clinic no help.

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4/28/14 7:15 A

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I was put on Topamax after I had ulna nerve surgery in 2012. I was put on it for nerve pain. I am still on 50mg 2x/day. I haven't lost any weight on it, honestly. I HAVE heard that is a side effect of Topamax though. What dose are you on? I too am bipolar but, like I said, I was put on that strictly for the nerve pain related to neuropathy of my ulna nerve. When I first started Topamax in 2012, I was on 100mg 2X/day and I may have lost a few lbs. but at this dose, nothing...Best of luck to you!

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4/27/14 5:39 P

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I was put on Topamax for the same reason (asked to be put on it) & my pdoc asked if I were really going to be committed. Of course, I said, "Yes." But, of course, for me that is too long a word. I'm still trying to restart after sliding back, but discouraged as I gained 50+ lbs. on Abilify way back when they were calling it "weight neutral." Also, everyone but one man in my DBSA support group gained weight on Abilify (a lot as I did-50+ lbs.) & lo & behold all the docs started believing their patients & not berating them for blaming Abilify for weight gain as the label "said" no weight gain & you are just a bunch of mentally ill patients blaming your gluttony on this fine medication!!

Luckily, my pdoc didn't & doesn't treat me like that.

The only neg. side effects of Topamax she warned me about are sedation & "stupidity." Really--many people found their cognitive skills, memory, etc. deteriorated so much that they had to get off it because their IQs were declining rapidly. Google it & you'll see.

Also, what dosage are you taking? If you are taking it for weight loss you don't need a large dose of it. So that will probably help w/side effects. But mostly--it is up to you--hate to tell you. Maybe the placebo effect & a slight organic "help" w/Topamax, but in the end it is up to us. Which is good as then we'd have to stay on Topamax forever to not gain any weight we lost using it!

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4/25/14 9:58 P

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Hi Steph! I've never tried Topomax for weight loss.. they put me on Geodon as a mood stabilizer because it's one of the few of the antipsychotics that don't make you gain weight. I wish you good luck with the Topomax!

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4/25/14 1:16 A

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Hello!

My name is Stephaney and I am bipolar. I just got put on Topamax today so I can lose some weight. Has anyone had any experiences with this medication? Good or bad experiences are welcome.

Thanks in advance :)
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