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How is Topamax as a mood stabilizer?


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#1 netsavy006

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 06:33 PM

How is Topamax as a mood stabilizer? I'm not trying to use it alone but use it in combination with Lithium 900mg/day.

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#2 Swamp56

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 07:48 PM

Usually it augments another medication. By itself, I'm not sure.
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Posted 18 April 2010 - 07:49 PM

If you're on it and it's working for you, it's good enough ;)

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 08:41 PM

I've been on it for about 4 1/2 years as a migraine preventative. Doesn't really do anything for my mood. Does contribute to my general stupidity and occasional aphasia. Works excellent as a migraine prevention med.
Diagnosis: BP I with Psychotic Features, GAD, ADHD, Chronic Migraines, various physical stuff.
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Meds Sort-Of Mental Related: Lipitor 40 mg, Zofran 4 mg PRN, Fioricet PRN, Stadol PRN, Botox received on 8/16/13

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#5 nalgas

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 08:45 PM

Some people have very good luck with it for mood. Others get no effect at all. When it works, it can work well, but it's very hit or miss. There's a reason both why it's farther down the list of things to try for mood stabilization but still somewhere on that list.

#6 withing

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 03:02 PM

It has been my miracle drug. They can take my Topamax out of my cold, dead hand because it's the *only* one that has worked for me. I take it with an anti-depressant (Welbutrin) and an anti-psychotic (Seroquel). I get some dopey side effects - esp. when it comes to words and spelling - but other than that, I'm good to go.
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#7 crtclms

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 04:37 AM

I took it as prophylaxis for migraine, and had some kidney damage (I had some prior damage, so that may have made me more prone). I also got the stupids, and it was doing something in my gut where I was constantly gassy and uncomfortable. It didn't work for me for migraines either. YMMV.

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Currently Shelved: Abilify; Amerge; Anaprox; Atenolol; Buspar; Cafergot; Cymbalta; Depakote; Di-Hydro-ergotamine, injected; Gabapentin; Geodon; Imitrex Tablets; Klonopin; Maxalt; Namenda; Nortriptyline; Norvasc; Propranolol; Prozac; Risperidone; Relpax; Sansert; Sumatriptan injectables; Tegretol; Trazadone; Zoloft; Zolpidem; Zomig; Zonegran


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Posted 04 May 2010 - 08:19 PM

I'm with Withing, it's been my miracle. I'm not diagnosed bipolar, but MDD and GAD with bipolar leanings or whatever. Anyways, tried Lamictal and Abilify without the best of luck but Topamax keeps me beyond even with no side effects. It's for sure not a first line treatment, but if your doc brings it up, it doesn't hurt to try. It was what my little cocktail needed to make me "me again". I consider myself very lucky with it.



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Posted 08 May 2010 - 03:08 PM

I tried topamax years ago when it came out. I had to quit using it because of severe cognitive impairement. I convinced my pdoc to try it again. He was reluctant because he says it's not a promising mood stabilizer but agreed to let me try it. The second time it gave me severe shortness of breathe and I didn't stick with it.
I hope it works for you, it's hard finding the right combo of meds.

#10 kdbee

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 09:50 AM

I just started it. But I take Abilify as well. We'll see. Fingers crossed!
Alright. Here you go--

DX/Issues: BP2 (mixed+rapid cycling), OCD, ADD, EDNOS, anorexia nervosa (recovered), BDD, some sort of avoidant shit, really bad & constant paranoia about everything, domestic abuse survivor

Drugs: Lexapro 10, Wellbutrin 450, Abilify 15, Klonopin 2 (max 6mg/day), Adderall 20-30

Past R/X's: Lithium (tried twice), Lamictal (complete hell), Depakote, Abilify (tried twice. second time worked amazingly. AMAZINGLY! Unfortunately, I simply cannot afford it...), Luvox (tried twice), Prozac, Paxil, Effexor, Geodon, Dexedrine (did nothing), Ativan (really good for social phobia), Restoril, Wellbutrin (working amazingly this time around)

Other EEG Biofeedback (worked miracles for my OCD. My compulsions are infrequent and when they happen are manageable the vast majority of the time. Obsessions still happen, not as bad and are manageable), acupuncture- I did this for about a year and a half. While it helped greatly with some problems (my screwed up digestive system, poor immune system, constant lethargy) it did nothing to improve any aspect of my mental health. That said, I definitely think it's worth giving a try :)





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