It is my goal to help all who with to reduce or quit completely those medications pushed on them by doctors for various conditions and find that the medications do not work. There are many medications that fall into this category. Unfortunately doctors are prescription happy and have no clue how a particular drug actually works in the brain, what it blocks and how it achieves what it is supposed to do.
Take Topamax. It is a sugar derivative but not a sugar substitute you would want to put into you latte! It works by preventing the voltage gated calcium channels from working. This means that if they reduce the medication for you too fast, the brain has no time to adjust–yes, it needs to re-learn how to fire with the rhythm it had prior to Topamax insulting it. Reducing a person’s Topamax as fast as doctors recommend can send one into seizures pretty quick. It seems, based on what I see from the migraineurs in my Facebook migraine group, that doctors are completely ignorant about how difficult these drugs are to quit.
They consider Benzodiazepines addictive so they don’t want to prescribe them but prescribe instead SSRIs or other dreaded drugs like Lyrica that are so addictive that entire Facebook groups have formed just to quit Lyrica! Here is the reduction guide for highly addictive medications. Given that your doctor is likely clueless about how difficult reduction is unless they use the medicine themselves, I am dedicated to guide those who wish to quit the right way. In a previous article I wrote how to reduce a very difficult drug a shaving at the time. Topamax is not as bad as that medicine but bad enough. Here is the reduction schedule for Topamax to guide you.
I will continue to add more and more reduction schedules for medicines that are hard to quit and are not time release. Time release or extended release medicines cannot be cut and capsules cannot be opened so they are harder but can be done. Good luck!
As always, questions are welcome!