You’re right kiki, and i never meant to imply the side effects i mentioned ALWAYS apply to EVERYONE who takes topamax. In fact, in my first post on the topic i actually wrote:
Sometimes called “dopomax” (dope-a-max) because it OFTEN causes coginitive disturbance, probably the worse of all anti-convulsants. (from http://www.crazymeds.org/topamax.html)
sometimes called the “supermodel” drug because it CAN make you “skinny and stupid.” (from http://www.crazymeds.org/topamax.html
In my second post i wrote: Ã¢â‚¬Å“But, as always YMMV.Ã¢â‚¬Â However, i certainly should have indicated that anti-pschotics HAVE THE POTENTIAL to make you stupid to some extent.
I never meant Ã¢â‚¬Å“stupidÃ¢â‚¬Â to be taken to mean Ã¢â‚¬Å“ stupidÃ¢â‚¬Â as in Dopey the dwarf stupid. More properly, i should have said Ã¢â‚¬Å“experience some Cognitive-related dysfunctionÃ¢â‚¬Â
WebMD lists these possible side effects: Weakness, tiredness, drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, difficulty concentrating, tingling of the hands/feet, loss of appetite, diarrhea, impotence, and weight loss may occur. If any of these symptoms persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
From the official PI sheet issued by ORTHO-McNEIL NEUROLOGICS, INC, the manufacturers of Topomax (http://www.topamax.com/topamax/assets/topamax.pdf):
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Cognitive/Neuropsychiatric Adverse Events
Adults: Adverse events most often associated with the use of TOPAMAXÃ‚Â® were related to the central nervous system and were observed in both the epilepsy and migraine populations**. In adults, the most frequent of these can be classified into three general categories: 1) Cognitive-related dysfunction (e.g., confusion, psychomotor slowing, difficulty with concentration/attention, difficulty with memory, speech or language problems, particularly word-finding difficulties); 2) Psychiatric/behavioral disturbances (e.g. depression or mood problems); and 3) Somnolence or fatigue.
Cognitive-Related Dysfunction : The majority of cognitive-related adverse events were mild to moderate in severity, and they frequently occurredÃ¢â‚¬Â
** NOTE: The above info specifically mentions only epilepsy and migraine, because those are the FDA Ã¢â‚¬Å“approvedÃ¢â‚¬Â uses for Topamax. However, many meds are used Ã¢â‚¬Å“off labelÃ¢â‚¬Â because research shows they are effective for other uses.
If “off-label” – or anything else – concerns you, always talk to your doctor. Don’t rely on information from a website of discussion board. I daresay the vast majority of us are NOT doctors.
i hope this clears up any misconceptions relative to my posts on Topamax.