Anyone have any experience with taking Topamax?

United States
August 21, 2007 4:11pm CST
I have been suffering on a monthly basis from migraine headaches for three years. I have tried all kinds of abortive and preventative medicines and nothing has really worked. My neurologist recently prescribed Topamax for me, and in the beginning I noticed that it was lessening the occurences of my migraines. But, unfortunately, three months in, I've started noticing the headaches coming back more frequently. I don't want to up my dosage because the side effects are really problematic. Does anyone else have any experience with taking Topamax?
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@natrlvr2 (384)
• United States
22 Aug 07
I have suffered headaches and migraines since 1987. I have tried it all and done it all.Nothing prevents then.I did take Topomax for a few months but it kept me awake.I could not sleep.It did nothing for my migraines.The Dr. wanted to up my dose but then give me a sleeping pill.Dumb idea,so I just quit the Topomax.My migraines come from multiple causes,also I have daily headaches from multiple causes.All I can do is treat them as I get them,well-most of them. I already use 8 Imitrex injections and 9 Amerge pills per month. The rest of the days are basically daily headaches from my neck problems,not related to stress.
• United States
22 Aug 07
I get menstrual migraines, I guess from a hormone embalance? I have used Imitrex for years and it helps most of the time. My doctor recommended that we try Topomax, however once I read all the side effects and that it makes ortho tri cyclen less effective I decided not to take it. In takeing a more natural approach I started takeing Xango mangosteen juice supplement and so far it seems my headaches are not as frequent :) I am a work in progress. I started selling and takeing this juice because of the awesome results my father in law had for fighting his prostate cancer. Check it out at and if interested let me know so you can get it wholesale. Take care and God Bless, Serena
@sunkissed (4331)
• United States
21 Aug 07
Yes, I do take topamax for my migraine headaches. I also take axert and neurontin for them also.I have been taking these 3 medications for my headaches for over 6 years now. But I still get a headache every day. It is not a very bad headache, but I take b.c. powder all the time.I do occasionaly get very bad headaches and have to go to the emergency room. But I suppose if I did not take these 3 medications daily I would get worse headaches.I was taking a larger dose of the topamax. I am now down to 200 Mg. a day but with that and the neurontin, I just really stay spaced out. It seems like I am really like a zombie most of the time.I wish you luck.