Does anyone know how long topamax withdrawal side effects last? I had to get off, rather quickly, because I developed tremor, was suicidal (tried 2x), violently angry, depressed, etc.
On topamax for migraines and panic disorder, 400mg/day for about 5 years. Been off 14 weeks: experiencing mood swings, anger "attacks", insomnia, tremor, hair loss, depression, hot flashes (didn't even have those during menopause!).
Though these are decreasing, I'm still experiencing them. They were worse last week after I'd been taking Evening Primrose Oil (Wikipedia says that's a no-no with topamax).
Does anyone know how long these withdrawal symptoms will last? I read that someone had them for seven weeks, but she didn't list her dose. Someone else posted that it took her two years to reduce her dose because of the increasing symptoms when she was trying to stop topamax. Does anyone else know if there are any supplements which increase these bad side-effects, like flaxseed oil? Any information would be so very much appreciated.
Sometimes, because of the mood swings and the anger, I feel like I'm either losing my mind or have a brain tumor or something: which is exactly how I felt ON the topamax. When is this going to end?
It takes approximately 18 weeks for it to go away. I had taken them for seizures and complex migraines. When taking it, I had severe short term memory loss. It got so bad, that I had to carry around a notebook and pen, and it was a running joke at my work that you could tell me something and I'd turn around and forget. I finally had to go on disability. They titrated me off, and the side effects finally wore off around week 19. I hope you are doing well going off so quickly. My understanding was it could have seriously bad side effects if you did. I hope you experienced none of those.
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