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Saturday, March 28, 2009 Emy Lew, Community Member, asks

Q: Topamax dose for weight loss?

Can I take Topamax to offset the weight gain that comes from taking Celexa? How much and when? I am taking 30 mg of Celexa.

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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
3/31/09 11:56am

Hi Emy Lew,


While Topamax was originally developed to treat epilepsy, it is also used for Migraine prevention. Weight loss was also discovered as a potential side effect. Some researchers did a small clinicial trial on this but it had to be stopped due to the negative side effects (glaucoma being just one) to the participants.


Is Celexa working well for you? Are you feeling better taking it? Have you had this conversation with your doctor? Sorry for all the questions, but if it were me, and clearly I could stand to lose a "few," I would not take Topamax for weight loss.


If you've not been prescribed the Topamax for this purpose, you should definitely not take it without consulting your doctor.  Drug interactions can be very complicated and occasionally dangerous. It's best to let your healthcare provider make the decision for you.


Here are some links that might be helpful to you:


Topamax (overview)

Migraine Drug Information

Celexa - Oral Uses and How to Use



Good luck


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