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    Hi guys

    I started taking topamax exactly one week ago today (Friday, Aug. 17 - that's today). I'm not sure why, because I have been pretty successful without it. I just wanted to try it because I have heard so much about it. I still have cravings. I just want to see how it goes.

    I have only been doing 25 mg per day for the last 7 days. At first, I felt nothing, but for the last few days, right after I took them I felt extremely light headed - almost frightfully so. Tonight I am dosing up to 50 mg. I don't know what to expect. I hope I can tolerate it. I don't eat a lot and tend to be quite sensitive to drugs. I am also doing abs and have been for quite a while, so hope I can get by with a low dose.

    If anyone is interested, I'll let you guys know how it goes. This is a real experiment for me, but I figure I will try it. I bought the topa from River Pharmacy - very easy but not at all cheap. I don't like my doctor and don't think he would be very helpful.

    We'll see. I'm sure it works. I'm not sure if I can tolerate it.

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    Mags: If you're already abs, I wouldn't bump the topo up too much unless, you're having a lot of of problems with cravings. I was on the research thread and there is some interesting info there. I was surprised to find that topo can interfere with birth control pills, not a problem for me, but I haven't seen that mentioned anywhere here.

    I'm at 75mg/day and have been abs for a week. My plan right now is to stay at that dose. Some of the other threads are saying that topo is found to be effective at lower doses.

    Best Wishes

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    Hello Mags, when you were taking only 25 mg after a few days did the cravings go away for you ? I'll be interested to see how this goes for you... Thanks for sharing with all of us... Hugs,

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    Hey Mags..

    I am also going to up my dose to 50mgs tomorrow night. I have decided to do all my doses at night, not split it am/pm like in the book. I did that first time around and could not function at all during the day. So, I cleaned it out of my system for a few weeks and have been on 25mgs for a week. Are you going to do your doses just at night, too? I'll watch for your progress.... I'll post, too...

    good luck!

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    Mags, I, too, started Topa a month ago. When I got to 75 mg it was not good. It actually made me very depressed. I am curious why you are trying it out? Has abs been difficult for you lately? I am not going to do topa again and will get more serious about my supps and CDs, which worked VERY well for me before. The key is being consistent.

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    MM I find that I must take it only at night. If I take it even only 25 mg in p the morning, it just makes me too loopy and weird for a while.

    Lushy - I don't know why I am trying it really. Some of it is just curiosity. And some of it is that yes, I still do have cravings even after several years essentially AF and taking kudzu, glutamine, and GABA in pretty high doses every day. I wish everyone would stop saying they think I am some kind of success, because the truth is, I would drink every day if I could. But I know I can't so i don't. The fact is I am tired of the struggle. I thought it would be easier by now. If the topa can ease up the struggle a bit, then that would be good. I am so tired of having to slay the same dragon every day only to have him return again tomorrow. Every day is day number one again. I'm a tough lady, but I am getting tired. I figure with all this hard work over the years, it must get easier. If the topa can make it easier, then I'll do it.

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    Mags, I am very interested in finding out how you are doing with the Topa. I am a bit afraid to take anything, some of the side effects sound bad. Eye problems, hair loss, yuck! But I know what you mean about slaying that same old dragon. It sure would be nice to just not want to drink....ever! I am ok right now, but I know that in a few days, I will be thinking that I haven't really got a problem, and will be tempted. I have the CD's, and they work if you listen to them, but that's another problem. Having an hour a day to myself, a quiet hour is hard to find. Please keep us posted! Buffy

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    Mags... I completely understand where you are coming from!!!!!!.. The struggle SUCKS!!!! Being tough is one thing, and not drinking is great, but I am also tired of the thoughts .. the craving/thinking committee that I have to bash down so I don't drink. I can win this, just like you, but I want to have a normal life where I don't have to "think" about it every evening. If there is something that takes that away so we can go on with a normal day WITHOUT having to slay that dragon, then I am with you - I am going to try it too. There was a gal on her that gave me my inspiration, and it worked for her. Anyway, I am going up to 50mgs tonight and let's see how it goes. I am hoping to stay there at 50mgs. Stay in touch!

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    Mags, I started my second week of Topa yesterday and titrated up to 50 mgs. I've been trying to follow the program exactly the way RJ recommends in her book. I drank the first day I took topa but have been AF since. Yesterday I took my first 25 mgs of Topa in the morning but around 2 in the afternoon I developed a strong craving. I thought I was in big trouble until I took the afternoon dose. The Topa kicked in big time and I was AF for Sunday.

    Luckily, I've had no adverse effects so far. I also ordered from River Pharmacy and was satisfied with the experience. So far for me, the Topa was well worth the the money and I have a week of being AF under my belt. Good luck to you and every one else who is fighting this terrible addiction.
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    Mags: I'm including a couple of Links that I found on the research thread. I would suggest that since Topo enchnces the effects of GABA you may want to consider cutting back on that and additionally that you not take your entire dose of topo once a day.

    I know the spacieness is a pain but it does not last forever and there are supportive meds from nubrain that you can take that help. Trust me I know how bad bad can be. I didn't think I could make it through last week, between the topo dopa and physical whithdrawl I was a hot mess. Genius that I am, it took me to midweek to realize that I was exihibiting classic symptoms of depression also, but by the end of the week those had cleared.

    I really would encourage both you mags and you medma to give the topa a sincere try. I've tried to white knuckle it myself way too many times and sometimes the battle just wears you down. How can you go on to build a happy healthy, productive life when you're still fighting the dragons every day.

    Chronic alcohol abuse changes the structure and function in parts of the brain. That's where the topomax helps and it really has taken away my cravings away altogether. Ok off my soapbox.
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