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Hello I have suffered migraines since I was 9 years old . I have been on topamax about 5 different occasions and the latest stint I had I was on it for about 4 months I worked my way up to 150mg per day. Previously I had the usual side affects. Tingling toes at night. Memory loss. Thinning hair. Weight loss. But that was about it. Migraines were less severe it was great.
THE MOST RECENT EXPERIENCE WAS AWFUL............ it makes me well up with tears because it was so bad. I'm not sure but I have had a pretty stressful sad couple of month's and maybe this made the side effects worse but about a month into taking 150mg I started feeling depressed. Sad. Tired. Anxious I couldn't stop thinking that I was going to die all of a sudden. Then in one day I had 5 debilitating panic attacks which at the time I didn't know wat was happening to me I called them death dreams. I put it down to my life factors and continued taking the pills. Then another month passed I had another really bad attack and I actually told my husband this was it I was dying. The attack was so bad I was unresponsive In a semi unconscious state. He was yelling at me telling me to breathe properly. He thought I was being silly so he walked off when I came too I fell to the floor in a crying terrified mess. Thats the day I decided to get off the topamax. COLD TURKEY bad move. .......... Don't ask me why I didn't taper off I was in such a panic and thougt I was fine the last time wen it only took a week or so to taper. It had been a couple of years so I couldn't actually remember. I just thought the quicker I stopped the better it would be. I continued having anxiety felt like I was detached from my body. I felt different depressed got really agitated easily. Felt like I wanted to cry all the time. I tried to shrug it off but the constant anxiety about dying made me go to the doc. She instantly put me on fluoxitine / prozac. Of course at the time I didn't realize to tell her I had quit my topamax cold turkey. Because I was still unaware what the withdrawal symptoms were. So for the past week I have been on forums. typing my symptoms into the symptom checker and then it was like a light bulb went on when I typed in topamax withdrawals I pretty much had every symptom that was listed. Relief! !! Kind of. Now I have the awful exaggerated symptoms from starting prozac. Which has made me feel worse. My only hope is to start to feel better so I have called the nurse today to pass the message on to my doc about stopping cold turkey. ..
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