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How long do Topamax side effects last?

I am a 41 year old woman who is on her 2nd attempt at taking Topamax for Bipolar Disorder. This go round I was put back on it in July of 2014. I am taking 100 mgs in the AM and 100 mgs at bedtime. One of my main side effects was the tingling & numbness in my fingers & toes. I am still experiencing the tingling & numbness but only in my fingertips not at all in my toes. And TBH I don't recall when my Dr last increased my dosage but I would guess it has been at least 6 months or more.

I have recently been DX'd with Pars Planitis and and am having other symptoms besides the tingling fingertips. I am calling my PCP on Monday morning to get an apointment with her but I would like to know if the tingling is still associated with the Topamax. Or is it a symptom of an underlying systemic illness that I need to be tested for.

Thanks in advance to anyone who replies!!
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1257808 tn?1322762215
I didn't try Topamax before but what I know is numbness and tingling are some of Topamax side effects. It become less with time.  
Are numbness and tingling really bad? or u can handle it?
Do you have any other side effects? How long to use it?

Is Topamax useful as mood stabilizer and good for weight loss according to your experience?
1276940 tn?1564515084
The numbness & tingling can get bad at times & lasts so long it actually hurts.....I am still experiencing it and like I mentioned my dosage has not been increased for at least 6 months or more.

I do experience some slight brain fog but it's not very bad, and any carbonated drink tastes flat. So I have switched from Pepsi to sweet tea. I have been on it for 16 months this time and I have lost weight both times I have been on it....about 20 pounds both times.

It works well for me as a mood stabilizer. It did the first time as well.
Hope this helps.....

Thank you for your answer and help
1257808 tn?1322762215
I am hesitant to use Topamax. I'm worry about barin fog issue. What is your advice?
2190999 tn?1504988891
Hi there. I had burning prickly sensations in my feet and blurred vision with Topomax. The prickly feeling went away immediately after I stopped Topomax, but I need contacts now. My vision hasn't returned to it's baseline in the last 2 months.
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