My experience with Topamax....

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Posted by nancyc ( on September 22, 2001 at 11:01:18:

In Reply to: topamax/nancyc posted by alan on September 22, 2001 at 09:39:14:

To get FAST relief with Topamax , you have to start at a very high dose...I started on 200mg the first nite....but the warning is you will have some really bad side effects at this extrememly high dose..(.generally you start at 25mg and wean up to this dose in 8 weeks..but doing it at this low dose has not been sucessful for many clusterheads)....I was PF the first nite....Barb D. started on 75mg. and went to 150mg. the next week...she was also PF the first nite...she had no side effects...So you may want to decide which path to take.Barb's path looks better than mine does...LOL......Again, my warning to you, my side effects were horrendous and lasted for 3 weeks...they are fine now and I continue to be PF...I did have some breakthrus but this is only because some nites I would back down on my dose because of the side effects...Today, I take between 200mg and 300mg daily....always take your Topamax at nite (Barb and I both take our entire dose at nite) because it makes me sleepy.You could try it Barb's way at 75mg. the first nite and if you are not pf the first nite, you could go to 100mg the next nite, and sort of play with the dose and see what works for you (ofcourse with your Doc directing it)....Good luck ...feel free to email me ....God bless...smiles,nancyc

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