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    Old 11-05-2005, 07:24 AM   #1
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    Topamax "Female" side effects

    I've been on Topamax for 6 weeks now. My doc started me out straight away on 100mg a day. I really haven't had many side effects. (tingling in my fingers and toes, difficult word recall, but nothing too bothersome) However, in the 6 weeks that I've been on Topamax I've had my "monthly visitor" twice already and I'm on birth control pills; I've not been scheduled to have my period when I've had it. Unfortunately, I get menstrual migraines, so this is kind of defeating the purpose of Topamax. Has anyone else experienced this? Do it straighten itself out? Needless to say, this is one of those side effects that would cause me to go off Topamax if it doesn't right itself. I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who may have experienced this while taking Topamax. Thanks!

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    Old 11-05-2005, 05:34 PM   #2
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    Re: Topamax "Female" side effects

    My doc started me out straight away on 100mg a day.

    I've had my "monthly visitor" twice already

    Topamax Possible Side Effects:

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    Re: Topamax "Female" side effects

    Another website says that topamax "may lead to decreased effectiveness of some oral contraceptives." I also remember my doctor saying something about this, but we didn't go into it much because I'm not on birth control for the controlling of birth. But that might explain why it's messing with your period. I would definitely check in with the doctor about that though. Maybe there is a different birth control that would work better with the topamax? I'm on mircette and so far haven't had any problems with the topamax (been on it for 3 weeks and no unexpected visitors so far).

    Old 11-06-2005, 01:35 PM   #4
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    Re: Topamax "Female" side effects

    Yeah, MZ Migraine, I guess my neuro doesn't much fool around. Straight to business. I thought it was a bit harsh, but... I thought - what do I know.
    I hadn't read the "8 weeks" part, but I did read that it can cause menstrual irregularities, I just didn't think they meant this irregular! Supposedly the only bcp that topamax interferes with are the ones that contain estrogen (which mine don't), but it does make me worry! I'm starting to think that maybe the side effects of a lot of these medications are worse than the problem in the first place! Then again, maybe it's just been a while since my last migraine....
    Thank you both! kehorner, let me know how you do on topamax.

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