It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Epilepsy Message Board

tegretol or topamax? what would be your choice?

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-15-2004, 06:56 AM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 19
elicia HB User
tegretol or topamax? what would be your choice?

I am having a hard time coping with the topamax. The headaches I have and the over all yucky feeling is awful. And that's just at 25mg a day! I used to take tegretol and got off it to find something better. Something with less side affects, now I'm wondering if there is such a drug. Next week I have to make the decision to stick with the topamax and the yucky feeling and headaches and possibly go up a notch in dosage or try something else or go back to the tegretol. Is there a lesser of two evils in this bunch? Which would anyone else chose? tegretol, topamax or something else? I'm at my wit's end trying to decide what to do. I was diagnosised with simple complex partials 14 years ago, they are mild and far and few between. I do not have them daily or severe. Thanks everyone for the input!

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 08-15-2004, 08:50 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Scotland
Posts: 115
Eilidh1 HB User
Re: tegretol or topamax? what would be your choice?

Hey Elicia...

I'm on Topamax 250mg per day, with Lamictal 400mg and I've just introduced Keppra, now at 500mg per day. I start to gradually take away the Topamax on Thursday because it wasn't stopping my fits. On a low dosage combined with Epilem and Lamictal, I was in love with Topamax - but I couldnt stay on Epilem, and a three drug combo wasn't what I was looking for. I understand that dumb feeling (see the post "memory loss") - Topamax is apparently particularly bad for that, but all AEDs will slow down brain activity. Every drug however affects different people in different ways. Although there are many AEDs to try out, there aren't THAT many that will suit everyone, so in your shoes I would give Topamax a go, even if you get in contact with your doctor and suggest staying on 25mg for a while longer so your body gets used to it (see Lisa Tís reply on your other thread about dosages). Anyway, if it doesnít work then youíll know that youíve tried that one out, then you can move on to the next one.

Good luck, keep us postedÖ


Old 08-30-2004, 03:59 PM   #3
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 1
spider41 HB User
Re: tegretol or topamax? what would be your choice?

i have been on tegretol cr for the last 12 yrs now and it seems to help me alot i still have the odd seizure but they r in better control and i had no side effects with them other then double vision when my levels were to high

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Tegretol,Topamax and Keppra can that work against one another? dolejaly Drug Interactions / Side Effects 1 04-16-2011 07:47 AM
how to lose weight if taking tegretol ESenekal Epilepsy 7 10-04-2009 09:25 PM
Can Tegretol Quit Working? eric123 Epilepsy 4 09-24-2007 07:15 PM
Tegretol, Fluanxol and Topamax - any success??? Eyeore Depression 0 05-21-2006 11:26 AM
Attention Tegretol and/or Topamax users. RE: Hair loss ChelseaMomof2 Hair Loss / Alopecia 4 10-12-2005 05:40 AM
Can anyone tell me of their experience coming off Tegretol / Carbamazepine ? AnnaMarie11 Epilepsy 4 08-29-2005 08:39 PM
How much tegretol is too much? Kramer_DU Epilepsy 5 12-10-2004 01:05 PM
tegretol(carbamazepine) carcinogenic? momofsix Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) (CRPS) 3 01-08-2004 05:12 PM
Tegretol TwistedWhispers Bipolar Disorder 4 12-14-2003 07:21 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:30 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!