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i'm thinking of asking for topamax for my headaches-- have recently tried amitriptyline and in the past propranolol (which worked so-so).  Is it really a well-recognized treatment or will the doc think i have no idea what i'm talking about?

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I just started in 4 days ago, specifically for migraine. I'm 45 and have had migraines since age 12.

I'm hanging a lot of hope on it, but I've also read a lot of success stories, here and other places on the web. If I'm not mistaken it IS an on-label treatment for migraine, as well as seizure and BP disorders.

If it breaks my daily migraine cycle, I will praise the gods indeed.

My family doc prescribed it for me, my pdoc was willing to treat my migraines with depakote, but I prefer to try Topamax first. x'ing my fingers.

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If I'm not mistaken it IS an on-label treatment for migraine, as well as seizure and BP disorders.

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Hi Suze:

Topamax is actually off-label for Bipolar Disorder, and the two relevant initial studies did not go so well for our friends at Ortho-McNeil. But, hey, it works for me, and a recently completed study may help to spiffy up Topamax's reputation as a mood stabilizer.

Best of luck with your migraines.

Todd.

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no insurance or money here.  but might be able to get it for free through the clinic that sees us poor people.  i hope at least.  i don't know what else to ask for ;)   i did try imitrex once and i felt like i was dying.  i'd rather just do preventative if possible.

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I was without insurance and/or money for almost 2 years a few years ago. My oh so compassionate employer fired me as I began to take more time off to care for my dying husband. As it was a very small family owned company, I didn't really have a leg or law to stand on, much less the wherewithall to fight them.

Fortunately for me, my family physician kept me in samples of Imitrex, which is a VERY expensive drug, ranging from 17 to 27 dollar a pill for 100 mg. depending on where you buy it. I know you said it made you ill, that sucks. It works wonders for me as an abortive. Maybe your clinic can do the same for you with Topamax, or, maybe you qualify for medical assistance? Not sure what country or state if in the US you're in. But if you're poor this is definitely an option.

Todd: thanks for the correction, I hope it works for my migraines, if it levels out my mood swings that would be icing on the cake!

Best,

S9

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i gave it a try for 6 months.  i was up to 100mg taken in 2 doses of 50mg each (i didn't have the stupids as bad that way).  but unfortunately, it did not work for me.  i am currently on lyrica.  it's not working either.  i don't know what i will try next.

good luck to you!!

_jen

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Topamax is now FDA approved for migraine prophylaxis, is it not?

Regardless, it is a well-known treatment. I also did the amitryptiline route and all it did was make me very sleepy. I had 13 migraines the month before I started taking Topamax, now I average roughly 4 a month, which is a definite improvement. I also take Imitrex for the breakthrough migraines, which helps a great deal.

As someone said though, the pills are expensive. I hope you can find some help in covering the cost. Try the manufacturer as sometimes they run programs to help cover the costs. (I now see that dumbfox already made that suggestion - doh).

Let us know how it goes.

Oh, the first few days you take it may seem strange. I didn't really have much problem with it other than the tingling feeling in my fingers. Some people have stomach issues though, you have to stick with it a little before that stuff goes away.

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I was on it for almost two months, and it didn't do anything for me, but the side effects were /much/ more tolerable than anything else I'd ever been on.  Yes, I would definitely try to get samples.  I had to ask for samples even WITH insurance, because it only covered part of the cost.  My doc was really helpful and gave me a bunch.  If your neuro or whoever your specialist is doesn't have them, you can try asking your GP as they tend to get samples of all kinds of medicine even though they /really/ shouldn't be prescribing them with the knowledge they have.

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