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About 1.5 yrs now I have been on Topamax. Also around that time, my thyroid started acting up. I started losing my hair, cold hands and feet, feeling very tired, bad memory etc.. Now my symptoms have escalated. My memory is to the point where I can’t even remember simple words. I am depressed all the time and can’t get out of bed during the day. Then I can’t sleep at night.

I'm having a hard time separating the side affects from the Topamax and the thyroid, which got me thinking. I didn't have a bad thyroid until I started taking Topamax. So I did some checking around and found a few other people who didn't have any problems with their thyroid until after they were on Topamax. Here's my question. Do you know of anyone else who has hyperthyroidism that is on Topamax?  
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What is Topamax and what is it for. I could google it - but running late for work
Topamax is for migraines
I haven't started to take mine yet.  I have been doing some searching and have lots of questions about hair loss.  Apparently you can lose weight.  but what about the hair loss.  how soon after taking this can I expect to see my hair falling out and at any time while taking this will my hair stop falling out.  Please any help with this one would be greatly appreciated.
I was on Topamax for about 3 years for sever migraines and saw nothing different with my thyroid problems.  I researched Topamax and here are all of the possible side effects (doesn't look like your hair loss or thyroid problems can be attributed to Topamax):

Autonomic Nervous System Disorders: Infrequent: vasodilation.

Body as a Whole: Frequent: syncope. Infrequent: abdomen enlarged. Rare: alcohol intolerance.

Cardiovascular Disorders, General: Infrequent: hypotension, postural hypotension, angina pectoris.

Central & Peripheral Nervous System Disorders: Infrequent: neuropathy, apraxia, hyper aesthesia, dyskinesia, dysphonia, scotoma, ptosis, dystonia, visual field defect, encephalopathy, EEG abnormal. Rare: upper motor neuron lesion, cerebellar syndrome, tongue paralysis.

Gastrointestinal System Disorders: Infrequent: hemorrhoids, stomatitis, melena, gastritis, esophagitis. Rare: tongue edema.

Heart Rate and Rhythm Disorders: Infrequent: AV block.

Liver and Biliary System Disorders: Infrequent: SGPT increased, SGOT increased.

Metabolic and Nutritional Disorders: Infrequent: dehydration, hypo kalemia, alkaline phosphatase increased, hypocalcemia, hyperlipemia, hyperglycemia, xero phthalmia, diabetes mellitus. Rare: hyperchloremia, hyper natremia, hyponatremia, hypo choles terolemia, hypo phosphatemia, creatinine increased.

Musculoskeletal System Disorders: Frequent: arthralgia. Infrequent: arthrosis.

Neoplasms: Infrequent: thrombocythemia. Rare: polycythemia.

Platelet, Bleeding, and Clotting Disorders: Infrequent: gingival bleeding, pulmonary embolism.

Psychiatric Disorders: Frequent: impotence, hallucination, psychosis, suicide attempt. Infrequent: euphoria, paranoid reaction, delusion, paranoia, delirium, abnormal dreaming. Rare: libido increased, manic reaction.

Red Blood Cell Disorders: Frequent: anemia. Rare: marrow depression, pancytopenia.

Reproductive Disorders, Male: Infrequent: ejaculation disorder, breast discharge.

Skin and Appendages Disorders: Infrequent: urticaria, photosensitivity reaction, abnormal hair texture. Rare: chloasma.

Special Senses Other, Disorders: Infrequent: taste loss, parosmia.

Urinary System Disorders: Infrequent: urinary retention, face edema, renal pain, albuminuria, polyuria, oliguria.

Vascular (Extracardiac) Disorders: Infrequent: flushing, deep vein thrombosis, phlebitis. Rare: vasospasm.

Vision Disorders: Frequent: conjunctivitis. Infrequent: abnormal accom modation, photophobia, strabismus. Rare: mydriasis, iritis.

White Cell and Reticuloendothelial System Disorders: Infrequent: lymphadenopathy, eosinophilia, lymphopenia, granulocytopenia. Rare: lymphocytosis.
Just saw your post--I am having the same problems with Topamax...did you ever get a resolution?  I was always hypOthyroid---and now I am hyPER after taking Topamax for a year.......
Having to go to a specialist for thyroid.....
The Topamax also made me very "stupid"--but, I am retired now--and was willing to put up with it since it is helping me with my mood swings.
I am concerned with this thyroid stuff.  Any help?
On what basis did you decide you are hyperthyroid now?How about posting your thyroid related test results and their reference ranges, and telling us about all your symptoms, so we can better assess your status.  
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