Good news for diabetics? One study found that type II diabetics taking 192 g of Topamax, a popular anti-seizure drug, lost 6.6 percent of their body weight over the course of a year.Many doctors prescribe Topamax as a weight-loss drug to those who don’t have seizures, but want to lose weight. It’s also been used by bulimics and those with binge eating disorder because it seems to reduce carbohydrate and sugar cravings, and also suppress the appetite. Since simple sugars can lead to low blood sugar and insulin resistance, it makes sense that it would work for diabetics by curbing these cravings.
But what price would you pay for a relatively small amount of weight lost? Topamax has some serious side effects, including fatigue, cognitive problems such as difficulty finding words and memory lapses, depression and anxiety.
Is it really worth it?
I personally know people who have lost much more on Topamax, and some who have lost nothing. Something that suppresses your appetite and urge to binge will only work as long as you listen to your body and don’t eat for emotional reasons.
If you think it’s worth the risk, then ask your doctor – but be prepared for the adverse effects.