Part one here
So, like I was saying... I have not taken Topamax
But upon hearing that the neurologist recommended it completely independently of the PDoc certainly warranted the further investigation of Topamax. Here's what I've gleaned:
- Primarily an anti-epileptic (like Lamactil)
- Used to stop tremors. Even for people with Parkinson's Disease it seems to be the number one choice for steady hands (and other limbs)
- Used as a mood stabilizer. However, it has apparently not proved as successful as Lamictal and when I asked the PDoc if it was on the approved BiPolar chronic medication list (so that the medical plan pays for the rest of your life and not you) she said no. The only way she could ever get it on that list was if it was needed as a last resort - all other mood-stabilisers having being inaffective.
- Used to control migraines
- Side effect - curbs appetites. Some movie stars have allegedly used it purely for this purpose (Britney Spears amongst them)
- Side effect - sometimes successful in combatting alcoholism. One dude in a forum described it as "instant willpower".
- hand tremors that severly handicap your all-consuming passion of photography.
- Middle aged flab which is creeping up on you and most certainly contributes to your unhappiness.
- Incessant debilitating headaches (maybe not migraines but a curse nevertheless)
- Did I mention that I am bi-polar?
- Alcoholism? No not me, but I could easily become an alcoholic if I gave myself full permission. A free boost of will-power would be most welcome, even if used for other purposes.
I'll tell you in Part 3.