Jan 15, 2011
So I decided to go off Topamax, I was only on it for 1.5 months and I m sure I didnt give it enough time to work its magic but my main purpose for going on it was to lose my SSRI weight gain. The scale had only dropped 2 pounds over the 6 weeks so I knew in order to lose weight I would have to increase my 100 mg dose which I was not willing to do as I was using it off label. It was mildly effective for my anxiety and not enough to be therapeutic. I have read too many horror stories of hair falling out, memory loss, and kidney stones at higher doses to risk this for pounds lost. In saying this, I was surprised at how much the Topamax helped with my mood swings (mood stabilizer) and I would be willing to try this maybe as an addition to an anxiety medication in the future again for that purpose.
I had no problems going off this medication. My doctor told me I could stop cold turkey, I decided against it and weaned off it by doing 50 mgs for 1 week, then 25 mgs for 1 week. My appetite is increased immediately and Im sure those 2 pounds will be back on in no time :/