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Why I Take Topamax: Not Your Average Reason!


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#1 Medz_R_Us

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Posted 06 February 2010 - 10:47 PM

I discovered the main benefit of Topamax, for me, quite by accident while expiramenting with different dosages for other conditions. For me, topiramate has only worked mildly as an appetite supressant and mood stabilizer. However, for years now I have struggled with terribly embarrassing excessive sweating caused by my medications. SSRI's such as Lexapro (which I currently take), atypical antidepressants such as Wellbutrin (currently taking), and antipsychotics such as Seroquel (currently taking as well) can cause impaired internal temperature regulation and massively increased sweating. Until I took Topamax, I had chronic, humiliating excessive sweating. I would ruin clothes in the spring and summer, and could go into a "sweating attack" at any time, which could last for hours. When I would become hot and start to sweat, it would take hours and hours to stop. But now, taking topiramate? No more. I barely sweat at all. I regulate my temperature normally now. It's amazing....because it had gotten to the point where I couldn't even work in public because I would sweat so bad. But now with the Tope that's a thing of the past. However, I have to be a little careful in summer not to overheat because now my body can't cool itself down very well. So if I think I'm on the verge of a heat stroke I'll get into a cold shower right away. But the risk is worth it. I'm a social pariah no more! If you sweat excessively from antidepressants and other meds, you might want to consider a low dose....but wait! Topiramate can cause a lot of side-effects for most. Don't just take it blindly, research it first. But it could help you if you have a big problem with sweating, like I did.
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Lexapro (brand-name escitalopram oxalate by Forest Labs) 30 mg once daily in the morning

Lamictal (brand-name lamotrigine by GlaxoSmithKline) 200 mg twice daily (400 mg/day total)

Latuda (brand-name lurasidone hcl by Sunovion) 80 mg once daily at breakfast

BuSpar (generic buspirone hcl by Teva) 15 mg four times daily (60 mg/day total)

Neurontin (generic gabapentin by Amneal) 100 mg twice daily 

Inderal (generic propranolol by Danbury) 20 mg four times daily as needed (up to 80 mg/day total)

Suboxone Film (brand-name buprenorphine hcl/naloxone hcl sublingual film by Reckitt Benckiser) 8/2 mg once daily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






#2 Jerod Poore

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 01:13 PM

If you sweat excessively from antidepressants and other meds, you might want to consider a low dose....but wait! Topiramate can cause a lot of side-effects for most. Don't just take it blindly, research it first. But it could help you if you have a big problem with sweating, like I did.


Even though decreased sweating (oligohidrosis) is in the warning section of the PI sheet, immediately after the part about narrow-angle glaucoma, a low dosage of Topamax is often the first or second medication listed in the treatment of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). At least the first carbonic anhydrase inhibitor (CAI) mentioned, it just depends if CAIs are listed before or after anticholinergics. Topamax's side effects suck less than Diamox's (acetazolamide), which is like some of Topamax's on steroids. That is probably true for Neptazane (methazolamide) as well.

There's another off-label use I should if and when the Topamax page is updated.
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Posted 08 February 2010 - 05:46 PM

Yeah, I know I'm on a relatively huge dose, but I'm trying to see if I can get some other benefits as well. Only time will tell.
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Medications:

Lexapro (brand-name escitalopram oxalate by Forest Labs) 30 mg once daily in the morning

Lamictal (brand-name lamotrigine by GlaxoSmithKline) 200 mg twice daily (400 mg/day total)

Latuda (brand-name lurasidone hcl by Sunovion) 80 mg once daily at breakfast

BuSpar (generic buspirone hcl by Teva) 15 mg four times daily (60 mg/day total)

Neurontin (generic gabapentin by Amneal) 100 mg twice daily 

Inderal (generic propranolol by Danbury) 20 mg four times daily as needed (up to 80 mg/day total)

Suboxone Film (brand-name buprenorphine hcl/naloxone hcl sublingual film by Reckitt Benckiser) 8/2 mg once daily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 16 February 2010 - 08:55 PM

At 200 mg twice daily, it didn't take long for me to start getting the tingling in my feet and a general "buzzing" sensation in my limbs. Which is odd, since I was on brand 400 mg/day two years ago and had no side-effects. Anyway, I've gone back to 100 mg twice daily. And I'm thinking about going totally off topiramate, b/c my sweating has pretty much returned. So, for the one thing it did do for me, it's pooped out. Crappy drug.

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Medications:

Lexapro (brand-name escitalopram oxalate by Forest Labs) 30 mg once daily in the morning

Lamictal (brand-name lamotrigine by GlaxoSmithKline) 200 mg twice daily (400 mg/day total)

Latuda (brand-name lurasidone hcl by Sunovion) 80 mg once daily at breakfast

BuSpar (generic buspirone hcl by Teva) 15 mg four times daily (60 mg/day total)

Neurontin (generic gabapentin by Amneal) 100 mg twice daily 

Inderal (generic propranolol by Danbury) 20 mg four times daily as needed (up to 80 mg/day total)

Suboxone Film (brand-name buprenorphine hcl/naloxone hcl sublingual film by Reckitt Benckiser) 8/2 mg once daily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 17 February 2010 - 01:17 AM

Topamax didn't poop out on you, Mylan Topiramate pooped out on you. Try another generic.


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Posted 17 February 2010 - 06:08 PM

Good idea!! The sweating didn't return until I went off the Apotex generic....thank you daaaaahlink!!!!!!

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Bipolar 2

Substance Use Disorder

Somatoform Pain Disorder

 

Medications:

Lexapro (brand-name escitalopram oxalate by Forest Labs) 30 mg once daily in the morning

Lamictal (brand-name lamotrigine by GlaxoSmithKline) 200 mg twice daily (400 mg/day total)

Latuda (brand-name lurasidone hcl by Sunovion) 80 mg once daily at breakfast

BuSpar (generic buspirone hcl by Teva) 15 mg four times daily (60 mg/day total)

Neurontin (generic gabapentin by Amneal) 100 mg twice daily 

Inderal (generic propranolol by Danbury) 20 mg four times daily as needed (up to 80 mg/day total)

Suboxone Film (brand-name buprenorphine hcl/naloxone hcl sublingual film by Reckitt Benckiser) 8/2 mg once daily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#7 want2Bfree

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 12:36 PM

But now, taking topiramate? No more. I barely sweat at all. I regulate my temperature normally now. It's amazing....



I know you said it failed you know, but wow, I think you were lucky there for awhile. I take the generic Topiramate for Topamax as well...wished it helped me in the sweaty palms and feet department that I was talking about in the Geodon forum, but no such luck. =/
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 12:33 PM

No way! You wouldn't believe how glad I am to hear that. This drug seems like it will solve all my problems now! (a girl can be naive, right?)
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