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    Re: New here and starting Topa and with a question

    Thanks anyway Rusty …..
    How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now and there will never be a time when it is not now....

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    Re: New here and starting Topa and with a question

    @sunshinedaisies... I think you may be talking about the original book by Roberta Jewell titled My Way Out. That book was the reason this site was created way back when. The pdf is here: http://www.mywayout.org/blog/promotion.pdf

    Her combination of supplements and hypnosis brought me my first AF days many years ago. I ended up adding Baclofen instead of Topomax, but her program got me on the road.

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    Re: New here and starting Topa and with a question

    Mom - thank you SO much - that is indeed the book! The topa did work for me initially but I had a bad SE and finally had to stop it - but I then tried Naltrexone and am now nearly 3 years AF!
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    Re: New here and starting Topa and with a question

    @sunshinedaisies-So happy for you on your AF Success! We have several people who are newbies at MWO who might find success with Naltrexone. Could you please suggest the book you purchased on Naltrexone and your titration schedule so others might benefit?

    Thank you for popping back in here. I have missed you!!!!
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    Hi Rusty - the book is called The Cure for Alcoholism by Dr Eskapa. Basically, one takes 50 mg of Naltrexone at least one hour every time before you start drinking. EVERY TIME and at least ONE HOUR. No exceptions. It is best to start with 25 mg for a few days to allow for any SE's (I don't recall having much of anything)then go up to the 50 mg. It is not a magic pill and it can also take a while (it took me a year before it kicked in but it did all of a sudden and overnight I just did not want to drink - I still don't, but if I did, as long as I took the nal before I had a drink I could drink). It is also good to keep a chart of how many drinks you have - it shows you how you are doing. It doesn't work for everyone and works slightly differently for some - it just takes faith and patience. You only need take the Nal if you are going to drink. Most doctors do not understand how it works and although they will prescribe it, some want you to take it daily, others say no drinking while you take it. For it to work, you HAVE to drink if you take it. If anyone wants any more info I am more than happy for them to PM me.


    I am really doing well - I did miss drinking but ironically can not make myself drink. I did take a nal one New Years Eve and had half a glass - I did not want anything more and did not enjoy what I had. I keep saying it but it is surreal!

    How are you doing Rusty? It is nice to see so many names that I recognize.

    Hugs to you, Sun x
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    Hey Sunshine..How are you? I know its been a long time but I lurk a little and wanted to say hi. I am trying Nal again and am feeling some success on it and am hoping this is it for me.. I stayed away for a long time because I was struggling with negative feedback from a certain poster. You were so dang good to me.. thank you.

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    Hey there bk - lovely to hear from you. Please feel free to PM me re the nal - it is good to have someone to bounce things off of. It was so good the way it worked for me. I am doing really well these days thanks. I know that you can do this!!!

    Hugs to you, Sun x
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    Re: New here and starting Topa and with a question

    Sunshine, Iíve been reading through this (23 days AFwith the help of Topa) and am wondering how long to stay on the Topa. Any advice? I went through the normal beginning SE (tingling hands, brain fog) but theyíve mainly passed and Iím at 100 mg daily now. Little to no cravings. Iíll continue to trend up as needed but how long should I plan to keep taking it-Indefinitely?

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    Re: New here and starting Topa and with a question

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    Sunshine, Iíve been reading through this (23 days AFwith the help of Topa) and am wondering how long to stay on the Topa. Any advice? I went through the normal beginning SE (tingling hands, brain fog) but theyíve mainly passed and Iím at 100 mg daily now. Little to no cravings. Iíll continue to trend up as needed but how long should I plan to keep taking it-Indefinitely?
    Hi there. I have no idea if you will actually get this because it is six months since you posted. I stopped taking the Topamax because of side-effects. I started taking naltrexone one hour before I had a drink. It took a while but itís been absolutely brilliant. I just do not crave or want any alcohol!
    How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now and there will never be a time when it is not now....

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    Re: New here and starting Topa and with a question

    Hi, I'm new here sort of (have perused in the past and made some posts, different username though). I've been trying to go through this thread for the info I'm looking for but with 700 posts it's a little difficult.

    Basically, I'm a long time (close to 10 years) ~ 8 drinks nightly drinker, and over time my brain has become super adapted and hypersensitized to alcohol to a terrifying degree. Just drinking a bit more than usual will bring on withdrawal symptoms the following week; trying to cut down by miniscule amounts (e.g. 0.2 ounces liquor per week) will bring on quite noticeable withdrawal symptoms. I need to quit drinking but I'm terrified of detox all at once (even with medication).

    So.. what I'm wondering is how effective topirimate is at helping with withdrawal symptoms? What I'd like to do is taper down off alcohol in a reasonable timeframe (impossible for me to do without pharmacolgical help). Has anyone had experience using topa to attenuate withdrawal symptoms while tapering? And how well did it work? Thanks
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