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Posted by Audrey on April 24, 2000 at 22:57:54:

In Reply to: Information Sought on Topiramate (Topamax) posted by Sam on February 10, 2000 at 22:51:52:

: I have had complex partial seizures for the past thirty years. About two years ago I had a trial run on Topamax. I almost lost my job because of the side effects of that drug. I lost my organizational skills, my memory, my concentration, my writing and spelling ability... It was the worst experience I've had on any drug. I have graduated with a BS in psychology and have been fairly successful considering my background. I have never been so frightened of a drug in my life.
: I have had Complex Partial Epilepsy for a number of years and tried a number of drugs including Tegretol (2000mgs at the moment), Epilium (Depakote) in 5000 mg doses, Dilantin, Neurontin and Lamictal (Lamotogrine).

: Broadly, none of these drugs helped me with the exception of the cocktail of Tegretol and Epilium and I could not continue that because of the side effects of the Epilium.

: My specialist has now given me the drug Topiramate in conjunction with the Tegretol.

: I understand Topiramate is a new drug and in my case it is a drug of last resort before an operation.

: I would like information from any one who has taken Topiramate as I want to learn about whether it has been successful for them and what side effects they have experienced.
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