Health QuestionsCategory: MedicationsWould topamax be a better med for me?
Karen asked 3 years ago

Hello all.  
I have what my doc calls, secondary depression. I have spinal nerve damage. For 18 mths I’ve been on med’s below.
I saw my doc yesterday…after reading on different drugs. I asked him about taking topamax instead of the Lyrica and EffexorXR, for the depression and pain, along with the pain meds. He told me that the topamax is only for depresssion. He is an older doctor…or maybe I just read things wrong.
I forget quit a bit, I have to write things down so I won’t forget. My moods are all over the place. I tend to feel more comfrotable staying home.  
I can’t work. I used to be so active…tennis, working for doc’s and running around for them. When they see me they look so sad, and say they all miss me.
I just want to be ME again…sometimes I feel so lost and alone. Is this normal on these meds…or with my problems. Gawd…it feels good to know there is this site to read that someone might read this and maybe have some suggestions for me.
I have also gained 20lbs…that adds to the depression.

19 Answers
Whysterialayne answered 3 years ago

Re: Would topamax be a better med for me?
Well, the Topamax will get rid of the 20 lbs, but prescribing it for depression?  I’ve heard it prescribed for epilepsy, migraines and as a secondary mood stabilizer in ADDITION to an antidepressant, but not on its own as an antidepressant.
 
I don’t know Karen. But then I’m not a doctor.  A couple of people on here think they are today.
 
I’d do a little more research, and wait for some of the longer-term members to get back to you on this.

Karen answered 3 years ago

Re: Would topamax be a better med for me?
Jensky,
   I appreciate you taking the time to chat with me. I like the shoot from the hip kind of talk. Pulling no punches. My GP is like that. Ijust hope the pysciatrist he sends me to is the same.  
 
God bless!

tatey2shoes answered 3 years ago

Re: Would topamax be a better med for me?
Hi Karen,
I wouldnt like to formally tell you that it would or would not be better for you in your circumstance as I take topamax for epilepsy not pain or depression,
 
All I can tell you Is from my experince and also from its un wated side effects,
which is what you dont want  
it causes loss of memory, which can be quiet bad, a dyslexia feeling in some
yes it does in alot of people allow weight loss
but when you combine that you on a daily baisis, just wanted to function, which can for some people

Whysterialayne answered 3 years ago

Re: Would topamax be a better med for me?
A few people are responsible…but my pdoc is one of the people who saved my life Smiley
 
btw Toronto is my hometown
 
Welcome Smiley

tatey2shoes answered 3 years ago

Re: Would topamax be a better med for me?
………….. sorry cat stepped on my key board……
as i was saying.
which for some people in fact add to their deppression……….
but then on the other hand you might just find it fits the bill just fine….
but just remember………. the are meny other side effect to topamax then weight loss……
and if memory and feeling dull is one of your main concerns………
i would take some time and talk to your doctor about your options…………
hope this helps
smiles….