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Friday, July 25, 2008 cullyma, Community Member, asks

Q: how do i get off topamax?

How do I stop taking topamax?  All at once or gradual?  How??

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Teri Robert, Health Guide
7/25/08 10:20pm

Do NOT abruptly stop taking Topamax. Doing so can cause big problems including seizures. The best thing to do is talk to your doctor and get a schedule for tapering off it.

 

Good luck,

Teri

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Nebula, Community Member
7/25/08 11:57pm

Gradually!! It is a super powerful medication - you cannot just stop taking it cold turkey. It won't take more than two weeks to ween off of it. Start cutting your pills in half or in quarters. Did you talk to your doctor about it?

 

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Teri Robert, Health Guide
7/27/08 2:02am

Please note that it may well take more than two weeks to taper off Topamax. The usual taper is to decrease by 25 mg per week. So, a person taking a total of 200 mg per day would take EIGHT weeks to taper off Topamax.

 

Do NOT cut your tablets in half. Work with your doctor to taper off. He can prescribe 25 mg tablets to use during the taper.

 

Teri

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Kristine Clow, Community Member
1/ 3/10 2:10pm

Thank You so much!!!!!!!!

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Teri Robert, Health Guide
1/ 3/10 2:18pm

You're welcome so much! Smile

 

Teri

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Rachel C, Community Member
6/15/10 6:40pm

Rachel

I am an 44 year old female who has been taking topomax for 8 years for migranes. I have passed over 100 kidney stones and 5 times had to have surgery to have them removed. I was in the emergency room for a week and the DR cut my Topomax from 200mg to 75mg. He wanted me to get off of the medication because he said that was causing my Kidney stones. I have been at 75mg for a week and I am really fatigued and having anxiety attacks. I can't feel my hands and am having really bad mood swings. I am crying and not able to control my emotions. I am having a problem leaving a place I feel safe.

 

I just took another 100mg hoping for some relief. This is a total of 150mg today.

one week ago I was taking 200mg.

What should I do.

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Nebula, Community Member
7/27/08 6:00pm

Sorry...that was the way that I got off but I was not taking a very high dose

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Kristine Clow, Community Member
1/ 3/10 2:07pm

I am on 100mg's of topamax, and cut it in half a week ago because i want to go off of them, and am having very bad side effects, dizziness, feels like i have the flu, all my muscles are screaming in pain, please help!!!!!!!!!

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Kristine Clow, Community Member
1/ 3/10 2:14pm

I just could not take being tired anymore, plus a number of other things. I was 155lbs, i am now 122 and steadaly losing. I am getting scared, that is why i am getting off! Should i go back up to 75 mgs for a week then down from there?

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