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.