Mar 26, 2009

Day one

I took my first Topamax last night. No allergic reaction, so I was very happy about that. The only thing I noticed was some drowsiness. I took it at 8:30 PM and by 9:15 PM, I couldn't keep my eyes open. A true side effect, or just psychosomatic? Dang, I just love when my psychology background comes in handy.

I woke up at 3:30 AM, lifted my head off the pillow, and said, "I'm so tired" before falling back onto my pillow where I stayed until my alarm woke me. When I woke up, I felt groggy and have felt like that ever since. Not sure if this is just a coincidence or something I need to prepare myself for. In the long run, I can handle groggy. If the alternative is mind-numbing, debilitating migraines 10 to 15 times a month...let me take the grogginess. Although, I'm only on 25 mg of the medication and I need to double that next week. I've read that most people with migraines take 100 mg. So, who knows how groggy I'll feel. I doubt that the grogginess grows exponentially with the dosage. Eh. I'll still take groggy over migraines.

I swear I'm just waiting for the confusion and loss of concentration to set in. Everytime I can't think of a word or a name, I start to panic and think, "Is this it? Am I officially Topamax-stupid?" I know. Only one pill, right? I have a flair for the dramatic.


Megan said...

My sister takes Topamax for migraines. The only change she's noticed is that she finally sleeps better and she can no longer drink Diet Soda because it tastes weird. She's been on it for several months. Hopefully it will work that way for you as well. Good luck!

Tracy said...

Ooh yay...a success story! I was told that most carbonated beverages will taste metallic, which isn't bad since I really need to stop drinking Coke.

I really hope things turn out for me like they have for Meredith - how are her migraines?