Topamax and Anxiety

Becky Community Member March 16, 2007
  • I took Topamax for about 5 months with no side effects except numbness in my hands and feet. It really worked to reduce and almost eliminate my headaches.  After 5 months I decided to go from 25mg to 50mg. I woke up one night with whole body shaking uncontrollably. I was also waking up for a while with my heart pounding. I thought for sure that this was due to the Topamax. This all ocurred during a stressful time in my life.  I ended up giving up on Topamax and went back to having 20 headaches a month.  Since then I have had two doctors tell me that my symptoms were not Topamax related.  I do occassionally still wake up with a rapid heartrate.  I am going to try Topamax again but this time take it in the middle of the day. I thought this might help me get over the anxiety of takeing it.  Has anyone else had a similar experience?  Do you have any advice for me?  I have also considered asking about taking an anti anxiety med or sleep aid along with Topamax what do you think?  Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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  • Anonymous
    Tandy
    Mar. 28, 2007

    Rebecca,

     

    I was also on topamax for 5 months and was always overly warm and thirsty. I found that drinking an electolyte drink (like Gatorade) helped with the thirsty part. I was drinking over 90 ounces of liquid daily. Just as I was tapering off of it, was notified by my PCP, that topamax can cause diabetes in some people. So it wouldn't...

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    Rebecca,

     

    I was also on topamax for 5 months and was always overly warm and thirsty. I found that drinking an electolyte drink (like Gatorade) helped with the thirsty part. I was drinking over 90 ounces of liquid daily. Just as I was tapering off of it, was notified by my PCP, that topamax can cause diabetes in some people. So it wouldn't hurt to be tested. I eventually quit because I felt so unwell all the time.

  • Rebecca
    Mar. 20, 2007

       My neurologist has me on 75 mg Topamax every morning & 75 mg every evening. My psychiatrist has me on 300 mg. Trazadone (antidepressant that also helps me sleep) every evening. I've been on the Topamax since October, so, 6 months.

       I sleep like a baby, & my migraines are down to maybe one a week, pain level about 4-5. About...

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       My neurologist has me on 75 mg Topamax every morning & 75 mg every evening. My psychiatrist has me on 300 mg. Trazadone (antidepressant that also helps me sleep) every evening. I've been on the Topamax since October, so, 6 months.

       I sleep like a baby, & my migraines are down to maybe one a week, pain level about 4-5. About the only side effects are that I am thirsty all the time and I notice I am a lot warmer than I used to be.

       Yes, talk to your doctor about this!

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Mar. 17, 2007

    I am currently taking Topamax and Klonopin.  Klonopin is a neuronal stabilizing drug just like Topamax, but it can also be used for anxiety or panic disorders. 


    My doctor gave it to me to try to help with stress.  I take a very low dosage of it as both Topamax and Klonopin tend to get me very sleepy.  I...

    RHMLucky777

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    I am currently taking Topamax and Klonopin.  Klonopin is a neuronal stabilizing drug just like Topamax, but it can also be used for anxiety or panic disorders. 


    My doctor gave it to me to try to help with stress.  I take a very low dosage of it as both Topamax and Klonopin tend to get me very sleepy.  I also do not take both drugs at the same time for this same reason.  I believe the combination of both has helped me with my migraines, but Klonopin can be very addictive and must be used with caution.


    I think it's worth talking to your doctor about an anti anxiety med or sleep aid to help get you through this rough patch.

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