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[QUOTE=awsam007;3333618]Anyone taking topamax for sciatic nerve pain related to spinal disc problems? If so, are you getting any pain relief from it? What are your likes and/or dislikes about topamax if you've previously taken it or are currently taking it? I would appreciate any advice and opinions. Thanks!

I tried Topamax after I had to stop taking Lyrica. What I liked about it, was that it helped me take off the weight I'd gained on the Lyrica rather quickly.
What I didn't like is that it caused severe nausea, and it all but killed off any appetite that I did have. After two bites of a forkful of food, I couldn't eat anymore.
I was taking prevacid to combat the eating a hole in my stomach feeling that I had constantly from it.
Also, in some people it can cause carbonated beverages like soda to taste really funny for a few months, so be careful with that. Someone called it drinking powdered cleansers....I didn't experience that though.
I had to come off that as well and am now taking Pamelor. I'm not seeing a whole bunch in the way of relief of that just yet though.
Sandi
I have been on Topamax for almost 9 months now. I had been on Lyrica for about 3 to 4 weeks prior to Topamax. My body did could not handle the Lyrica ( swelling and weight gain ). Topamax did not make me feel sick, but I do sometimes forget words or what I am saying ( but it beats nerve pain ). I don't drink soda so I don't know if the taste is diffrent, I have heard that it kind of tastes chalk like?? I have lost a bit of weight. But I am not sure if the Topamax is what is doing it. I have been walking and watching what I eat now for almost a year ( guess it helps ). I have been taking 50mg in the morning and 100mg at night. Over all Topamax is working well for me where other drugs did not. It is nice to get that nerve pain under control. I hope you find what works for you!! Take care.
I have also found Topamax to be very helpful. In fact, it saved my sanity due to severe back, groin and thigh pain resulting from SI joint problems. The initial few weeks were rough due to side effects but in the end it was well worth it (and you quickly adjust to the side effects, even nausea). I take it along with Lyrica, however, I think it works better than the Lyrica. My PM specialists says that they work best in combination with each other as opposed to each as a "stand alone" medication.
[QUOTE=CaliGirl;3334645]I have also found Topamax to be very helpful. In fact, it saved my sanity due to severe back, groin and thigh pain resulting from SI joint problems. The initial few weeks were rough due to side effects but in the end it was well worth it (and you quickly adjust to the side effects, even nausea). I take it along with Lyrica, however, I think it works better than the Lyrica. My PM specialists says that they work best in combination with each other as opposed to each as a "stand alone" medication.

It's interesting that your PM said topamax and lyrica work best together b/c that was my thought to. About 6 wks ago I started seeing a new PM who took me off lyrica and put me on topamax, apparently b/c lyrica was making me fat and topamax would make me lose weight. I had previously been taking lyrica for about a year and had actually not gained any weight and I thought it worked pretty well for nerve pain. When I was still on the lyrica (but was slowly tapering off) and starting the topamax I felt the best as far as my pain was concerned but since stopping the lyrica my pain has become unbearable. I've since been doing a lot of research on topamax and I've discovered there's a lot of different opinions out there and the side effects are crazy. Thanks for your input. I really appreciate it. Take care.
I take topomax about six weeks now. I love it, it is helping alot. They start you off on one dosage and slowly increase it. I sadly don't have the weight loss go figure. however I love to eat lol. But I dont have the weight gain that lyrica and neurontin does or the brain fog but it does affect my memory and my words etc. I would much rather have this than the nerve pain. It doesnt totally take it away but makes it much better.

The doctor says it also takes a few months at the full dosage to get the full effects. But I like it. It also has some sort of mood thing in it, and it did make me feel better mood wise for awhile lol.