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Yes. It made me nauseous, food had a metallic taste and I started smelling strange things like burnt dust or plastic. I had to stop taking it. I’m still on the Phentermine and it is working fine without it.
Ta. It's used for bipolar and I was hoping to see if I could use that because every other bipolar med causes weight gain. *sigh * I'm currently refusing bipolar meds because of this issue although I'm well under control with being vigilant with my sleep and exercise.

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Topiramate is used on and off brand for quite a spread of things. I would caution anyone from using it strictly for weightloss. Not worth the possible side effects. Not many prescribers choose this one for bipolar even if labeled under it's use. Google scholar can help you find med studies associated

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14 hours ago, ummyasmin said:

Ta. It's used for bipolar and I was hoping to see if I could use that because every other bipolar med causes weight gain. *sigh * I'm currently refusing bipolar meds because of this issue although I'm well under control with being vigilant with my sleep and exercise.

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Have you been checked to Hashimotos? I was misdiagnosed with mental health symptoms for a decade but turned out my body was attacking my thyroid. It requires a special Thyroid Antibodies blood test, not a standard test.

Check out the symptoms of low thyroid! It’s crazy.

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13 hours ago, GreenTealael said:

Topiramate is used on and off brand for quite a spread of things. I would caution anyone from using it strictly for weightloss. Not worth the possible side effects. Not many prescribers choose this one for bipolar even if labeled under it's use. Google scholar can help you find med studies associated

Your opinion is appreciated however be careful when sharing. Going off medications because of something someone said online can have disastrous consequences. Topiramate is quite affective in assisting with weight loss. It does not cause it itself. It’s just a tool. Just like weight loss surgery. It’s not meant for long term use with regard to weightl loss and I personally always look at possible side affects of anything I’m prescribed.

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1 hour ago, dsdesigna said:
Your opinion is appreciated however be careful when sharing. Going off medications because of something someone said online can have disastrous consequences. Topiramate is quite affective in assisting with weight loss. It does not cause it itself. It’s just a tool. Just like weight loss surgery. It’s not meant for long term use with regard to weightl loss and I personally always look at possible side affects of anything I’m prescribed.

I should restate clearly: I would caution anyone from using it strictly for weightloss without being aware of the Neurological implications and possible side effects...

I'm not advising anyone to go off med, I'm not a Doctor. I'm advising people research medications thoroughly before starting them (especially something that I'm familiar with) so that they are aware of the risk/benefits balance. I think it's important to be well informed. That's all.

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1 hour ago, GreenTealael said:

I should restate clearly: I would caution anyone from using it strictly for weightloss without being aware of the Neurological implications and possible side effects...

I'm not advising anyone to go off med, I'm not a Doctor. I'm advising people research medications thoroughly before starting them (especially something that I'm familiar with) so that they are aware of the risk/benefits balance. I think it's important to be well informed. That's all.

Whether or not you intent to cause someone to stop using their medication your caution in taking it along with possibly negative side affects could in fact be enough for some to stop their medication. You are apparently not aware of the negative consequences of your opinions and I encourage you to keep them to yourself until you understand.

I say opinions because you are not a medical professional or you would know of what I am referring and instead just offer your own experience. If the medication caused you side affects then share that alone. Otherwise you could be scaring people unnecessarily.

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Topiramate is used on and off brand for quite a spread of things. I would caution anyone from using it strictly for weightloss. Not worth the possible side effects. Not many prescribers choose this one for bipolar even if labeled under it's use. Google scholar can help you find med studies associated
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I know. I brought it up a couple of times with the pdocs but they have not been keen. I don't want it for weightloss so much as I want a bipolar med that won't cause weight gain [emoji30]

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Have you been checked to Hashimotos? I was misdiagnosed with mental health symptoms for a decade but turned out my body was attacking my thyroid. It requires a special Thyroid Antibodies blood test, not a standard test.
Check out the symptoms of low thyroid! It’s crazy.
Funny you should say that. My mum has Hashimotos so they tested me too but I don't (well I don't have markers for it yet anyhow)

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Your opinion is appreciated however be careful when sharing. Going off medications because of something someone said online can have disastrous consequences. Topiramate is quite affective in assisting with weight loss. It does not cause it itself. It’s just a tool. Just like weight loss surgery. It’s not meant for long term use with regard to weightl loss and I personally always look at possible side affects of anything I’m prescribed.
Oh don't worry, I didn't read@GreenTealael as recommending I go off meds. I am quite ornary on my own account LOL. [emoji23][emoji23]

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Whether or not you intent to cause someone to stop using their medication your caution in taking it along with possibly negative side affects could in fact be enough for some to stop their medication. You are apparently not aware of the negative consequences of your opinions and I encourage you to keep them to yourself until you understand.
I say opinions because you are not a medical professional or you would know of what I am referring and instead just offer your own experience. If the medication caused you side affects then share that alone. Otherwise you could be scaring people unnecessarily.
Sure thing boss...

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Oh don't worry, I didn't read[mention=321469]GreenTealael[/mention] as recommending I go off meds. I am quite ornary on my own account LOL. [emoji23][emoji23]

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No worries, everything here is just opinions and shared experiences. Speak with your prescriber, and as usual their advice is your best options [emoji6]

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On 2/15/2019 at 6:59 PM, GreenTealael said:

No worries, everything here is just opinions and shared experiences. Speak with your prescriber, and as usual their advice is your best options


I agree with your comments about topiramate-- i took that plus phentermine so my opinion is I would rather be dead than ever take those pills again- lost a ton of weight though- then gained it all plus back when i went off- nothing changed with my diet at first either- just started gaining.. Evil pills. IMO

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I tried phentermine for weight loss when my sleeve failed. Horrible stuff. Never again.

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