Any anyone used Topamax for weight loss?

  1. Hi everyone. Just had a quick question, I recently started taking Topamax 100mg qd for my seizure disorder. I was reading up on it and found it was also good for weight loss. After I did my happy dance, I called my neuro and she did indeed say it would help. Has anyone here taken it for any reason and noticed any significant weight loss or know of any one who has? Thanks!
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  3. by   P_RN
    Not topamax but tegretol made me lose weight. I took it for myelopathy.
  4. by   Nurse Pepper
    I have had patients switched to Topamax when trying to obtain seizure control and each one of them have lost weight.
  5. by   sphinx
    I use Topamax for my mood swings. I have lost weight, but I've also improved my eating, too. However, when I was on other meds for my moods, like Depakote (ie: "depabloat") I still gained weight despite dieting. So I suppose it may have helped in that regard. In any case, I have not *gained* any weight on it, unlike depakote, neurontin, zyprexa, remeron or lithium (I know, they are all different class meds, but just examples of meds I have taken for my mood disorder that have caused weight gain).
  6. by   fab4fan
    There were several segments on GMA, Today, etc. that discussed this. Pts. were taking Topamax for migraine mgmt. in the cases mentioned.
  7. by   NICURNtobe
    Two nurses I work with are taking it, along with Phentermine, for weight loss.
  8. by   ROCnurse
    I take Topamax for mood swings since I'm diagnosed with cyclothymia. I was on depakote for over a year and had a slight increase in weight gain. Once I was switched to Topamax I lost the weight and I am able to stay at this weight, which is the weight I was in high school! I excercise and eat healthy, but I was doing that on depakote and was still having problems maintaning my weight.
  9. by   Robin61970
    I took Topamax for migraine control and lost 10 pounds in a few months...mainly because it makes all carbonated beverages taste nasty and you can't drink sodas,LOL
  10. by   fab4fan
    Did it help your migraines?
  11. by   ShelleyERgirl
    Thanks for the replies. Man, you aren't kidding about the nasty tasting sodas either. The first time I drank a Diet Coke, I thought it went flat. I went through three stupid cans before I remembered that fun little side effect. Duh!
  12. by   emily_mom
    Originally posted by NICURNtobe
    Two nurses I work with are taking it, along with Phentermine, for weight loss.
    I took Phentermine, and it worked wonders. No clue about Topamax though....
  13. by   txnursingqt
    I know this is an old thread but thought I would bump it up and see if anyone else has any weight loss experience with topamax. I am starting this drug today. My doctor prescribed it because I do have migraines but he mainly prescribed for weight loss. He said he has been using it as an off-lable weight loss drug for years and his patients have had very good success with it. Guess we will see how it goes.
  14. by   Baby*Pink
    I use topomax for mood swings and I lost a lot of weight on it. I am naturally a pretty thin person to begin with and now I am just extremely thin because of it. But this is the best medicine for me sooo i deal with it (and all the stupid comments that come along with it).

    However my boyfriend takes topomax for migraines and he didn't lose weight on it. But then again he doesn't take it on a regular basis like he's supposed to.

    Anyhow, good luck!