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Old 11-17-2006, 09:13 AM   #1
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Topamax - Ringing in ears

I recently restarted Topamax for my migraines (100 mg building from 50 mg after a week). I have a constant ringing in my ears, even with 50 mg. When I first took the Topamax about 3 months ago, the ringing was bad enough that my neurologist had me take an MRI. The MRI outcome was fine, so I stayed on the Topamax. But, the other symptoms of the medication were just too much for me (numbness in hands, ringing, tiredness, irritability, taste problems) - and I began having headaches again too, on the opposite side of my forehead. So, I stopped taking the medication. I felt better immediately and my headaches were better for a while. Then they slowly began creeping back. However, about a week ago, they began getting bad enough that I decided to start back on the Topamax again and I still can't believe how bad the ringing in my ears is.

Of all the symptoms I read about online and in the message boards, I have not read anything about this particular symptom. Does anyone else have this problem? Please let me know if you do and if your doctor has said anything about it and if they've offer any solution for it. Does it go away over time? Maybe I'm not staying on the medication long enough?

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Old 11-17-2006, 10:35 AM   #2
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Re: Topamax - Ringing in ears

I have never heard about ringing in the ears as being a side effect of Topamax. New one on me.

Maybe you need to seek a 2nd opinion from an Eyes, Nose & Ear specialist.

Old 11-18-2006, 03:17 PM   #3
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I've had migraines for four years and ringing in my ears (tinnitus)for over two of those. It is constant; less when the headache's gone away for a spell, extrmely loud at the onset of migraine and ususally lasting throughout the episode.

An ENT performed an extensive battery of tests, and he diagnosed it as basal arterial migraine. He says the cure is worse than the symtom, so don't even try. I didn't pursue the issue and have just put up with the noise.

I've been on Topomax before, and it really had neither a positive or negative effect on the ringing.

Sometimes I think the local fire department will be rushing to their cars and off to the station in response to the ringing and am incredulous that none of my family can hear it. They politely smile and nod. I freuqently have to sleep on the couch with the TV blaring just to get to sleep, the ringing becomes the focus of my attention and prohibits merely "dropping off'" into dreamland.

Of all the things that could befall me, I feel this is one I can live with relatively does become accustomed to it after a while, trust me.

Try the Tinnitus Association for more info

Keep the faith

Pittsburgh, Pa

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