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Old 06-18-2002, 04:52 PM   #1
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Topamax ???

Has anyone used Topamax for weight loss ? If so, please discribe your experience. Thank you.

 
Old 06-18-2002, 05:16 PM   #2
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Re: Topamax ???

I have heard of topamax used for epilepsy but not for weight loss. Thats a new one for me. Curious to know if anyone has used it for weightloss and if it actually works.

 
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Old 06-18-2002, 06:33 PM   #3
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Re: Topamax ???

I know that it is used for epilepsy and also as a profilaftic/preventative medication for migraine sufferers. From what I've read and heard from others, weightloss can be a side effect of the medication. It is a prescription medication, and is approved for the reduction of seizures and migraines. I did not see anything about weightloss. Here's some info about it.
<A HREF="http://www.topamax.com/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.topamax.com/</A> <A HREF="http://www.migraines.org/treatment/protpmax.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.migraines.org/treatment/protpmax.htm</A> <p>[This message has been edited by skip_to_my_lou (edited 06-18-2002).]

 
Old 06-18-2002, 08:04 PM   #4
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Re: Topamax ???

I was originally prescribed amitriptyline for migraines and picked up 10 lbs QUICKLY. I am in a constant battle with my weight so my Dr. has prescribed the Topamax. She said it's producers are trying to market it as a diet drug. <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by skip_to_my_lou:
<B>I know that it is used for epilepsy and also as a profilaftic/preventative medication for migraine sufferers. From what I've read and heard from others, weightloss can be a side effect of the medication. It is a prescription medication, and is approved for the reduction of seizures and migraines. I did not see anything about weightloss. Here's some info about it.
<A HREF="http://www.topamax.com/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.topamax.com/</A> <A HREF="http://www.migraines.org/treatment/protpmax.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.migraines.org/treatment/protpmax.htm</A>

[This message has been edited by skip_to_my_lou (edited 06-18-2002).]</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

 
Old 06-19-2002, 08:05 AM   #5
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Re: Topamax ???

From my experience I hope Topamax does not get approved for weight loss. I can't believe it has much to offer above the medications already out there (about which I know little to nothing, admittedly).

One figure I read is that weight loss occurs in only 40 percent of people taking Topamax (this was on some sort of official type site, but I don't remember which one). And, from what I have read of other people's experiences, it is not a steady, continuous weight loss, weight only comes off as an initial reaction to taking the drug.

Topamax is also being prescribed (though not FDA approved) for bipolar disorder and other similar conditions. Topamax works on "rewiring" the brain signals. It can interfere with thinking and reasoning in some people. It is affectionately known by some doctors by the nicknames Dope-amax and Topa-moron because of this impact it has on many people.

I am not anti-Topamax. It is a god-sent for many people and offers effective treatment with fewer side effects for a number of conditions. But, from what I know, IMHO, prescribing it for weight loss is too frivilous a use for a very powerful medication.

 
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