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My neurologist has me at 100 mg. Topamax and going up to 150 mg. Wednesday night, and my loss of appetite has kicked in good now. I can go all day without thinking about eating. I know I should eat something but I have absolutely no appetite. And when I do finally eat something, the food tastes different, kind of bland and flat, so I just eat to get it over with.

I can identify with your loss over love for food disappearing. Food is a big deal in my family, between the preparation, serving and presentation, and actual eating. I am going to miss that.

I do look forward to losing some weight. I just hope Topamax does something for my daily routine of headaches and migraines, which is what it was prescribed for. I'm only coming up on week 3, so I've got a long way to go.

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I just went up on 50mg of Topamax myself today. This is my 2nd time taking it. I took it one time over 1.5 years ago.

So far, my appetite seems to be going down some from it. I started to notice this a couple days ago at 37.5mg. Also, sodas are tasting a bit flat now even when they are opened for the first time! So far, though, no cognitive problems or other side effects. I'm going up by 25mg every week.

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  A wierd thought crossed my mind while reading your posts. Perhaps your experience tasting food was like a color TV and your medication brought you back to where everyone else is, still in the age of B&W TV.

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Heh, yeah, kinda like that, I feel like I'm eating black and white food all right. Eating with Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. Food's always been a social affair for our family, where we sit down and shoot the breeze and talk about the day and things going on, not just a sustenence kind of thing, so this is going to take some getting used to. But I can stand to lose some 80 lbs. of excess cargo.

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Another thought: I haven't noticed the *total* quantity of food that I eat going down, but I do notice that what I've been eating has been in much smaller portions spread throughout the day. For me, this is excellent, as it keeps my blood sugar and insulin steady, which helps keep my mood steadier.

Eating a "full meal" isn't all that important, really. It's total food that's important...maybe you could keep *something* to eat on you at all times to have if you get hungry or even think about food?

Eating many more carbohydrates in ratio to everything could help, as well. It causes a blood sugar spike and drop, which causes hunger relatively soon after you eat (if you do this, do it without fats and proteins, and save those for the "hungry" time after). If keeping weight on's what you want, it could work.

Mimi

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You weren't hallucinating.

No. Depending on the scale, some can *really* vary. It takes a good five times on the one at my house to get it to tell the truth. It's been off by as much as 5lbs with *fresh* batteries. Not a good way to help obsessive weighing.

The liter of water and clothes could have accounted for a lot of it, though. The liter would have been roughly ~2lbs, and at 240lbs, here, my clothes weight 2-5lbs, depending on the weight of the fabric and style of clothing. Yours would be considerably less, however. They contribute more than you think. Why you alwaysalways hear to weigh at the same time under the same conditions in the morning.

Interesting effect of Topamax on yours truly, BTW...my verbal abilities have noticeably improved, and I'm regaining the vocabulary I thought I'd lost forever. It was even obvious to tdoc at our last appointment. My word recall, while still slow, actually recalls useful things now. I'm happy. I'm not on a high enough dose for it to be great for my moods at this point (50mg...who knows where the sweet spot is), but so far it hasn't impacted my cognitive functions negatively.

Yay Topamax for whacked-out temporal lobes!

Mimi

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ashl3igh, I am so happy for you!  And jealous at the same time.  I want my cognitive abilities back!!!!  My doctor has diagnosed me with a period of ultridian cycling but doesn't believe in topamax and when I talked to him, I was too depressed to fight.  And I don't want to lose any weight either--I'm 125 on depakote!

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I'm at 200mg for atypical depression, and my appetite is now totally gone. My doctor and friends have to remind me to eat. It's kind of scary because i can go three days without eating and barely notice, but I realize now that I have to basically force feed myself. Even then it's difficult though because most things seem gross. This is unusual for me because I've always been a fan of food.

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I'm at 75mg of Topamax now, and the decrease in appetite seems more pronounced now. I began the notice a some decrease at the 50mg mark. I'm taking it for the second time. I took it one other time 1.5 years ago and noticed the appetite change at the same dosage as I do now.

In my case, it doesn't make it where I can't stand the thought of food at all (like it does for some). What it does is have a more 'stabilizing' effect on my appetite. I feel full like I'm supposed to, and I can eat food in moderation and in more appropriate portions. I've always battled a large appetite as long as I can remember (which was aggravated by Depakote) and had incessant problems with binge eating. With Topamax, I can now eat what I want in moderate portions without being in danger of binging. I think it fixes a chemical imbalance in my brain that causes the binge eating/insatiable appetite.

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