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Old 09-21-2008, 08:50 AM   #1
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Topamax and heart side effects?

Has anyone had any heart related side effects from Topamax? My doc is thinking of putting me on it because he thinks I may become a bit "manic" at times (long story). BUT, I also have a history of severe anxiety disorder and an unrelated issue with a fast and "skippy" heartbeat.
I had a friend take Topamax for migraines and tell me that she had a "heavy heartbeat" and palpitations on Topamax? But I don't know if that is the med or that is just a coincidence?
Any opinions/experience on this? Thank you

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Old 09-23-2008, 12:17 PM   #2
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Re: Topamax and heart side effects?

I have been on Topamax for 3 years for miagraines and it has not bothered my heart rate at all. In fact I have a very slow heart rate as well as chronically low blood pressure. Of course I am also on Lexapro for my fibromyalgia so that may be why it doesn't give me the anxiety. I had severe panic attacks before the Lexapro.

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Re: Topamax and heart side effects?

I've been on Topomax for 2 years for Cluster Migraines and a Seizure Disorder and have not had any heart problems with it, i too also have a pretty low blood pressure and my pulse rate usually runs in the 70's.

There are some other serious side effects but not heart that I know of.

Old 09-23-2008, 07:38 PM   #4
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Re: Topamax and heart side effects?


I had a friend who was on it, and she had to get regular checkups for her heart.

Can your doc try something else first? Topomax, for me, had such bad side effects that I got ill from it and got off it pronto.

I take Lamictal, almost no side effects, and works wonders for me.

But then, some people are fine on Topomax.

Ask your pdoc about alternatives, I'd think. Just MHO.


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