Top 75 Migraine and Headache Questions, #22

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    I know that Topamax is a drug that can make you loose weight. I was wanting to know just in general if anyone was to go off what is usually the average weight amount that someone looses if on the drug? If you do not know the answer to the question I was just wondering about that. If was to ever go off how much weight could I gain back. I have lost 30 pounds and would not like to gain much back if I could help if I ever had to go off Topamax. Thanks! Lynn.


    Dear Lynn;

    Some patients lose weight as a side effect of Topamax, at least in part due to a potential side effect of decreased appetite. Not all patients taking Topamax experience this side effect, but those who did in the clinical trials of Topamax for Migraine prevention lost an average of 2.3% of their starting body weight.
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    It's impossible to predict how much, if any, weight gain you might experience if you discontinue Topamax. For most patients, it's directly related to what and how much they eat afterward.

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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Published On: April 09, 2007