A new drug, a new you

So I’m taking a new medication these days in order to treat hemiplegic migraine – for those playing at home it’s like having a mini stroke down my left side, used to have them once every year or so but these days they’ve been increasing to roughly every three weeks now (since August when they retriggered), gods know why.

I’ve been put on a med called topiramate, an antiepileptic. So far so good in that i haven’t had an actual migraine since Christmas, but I am having a nice run of side effects. Here they are, in no particular order.

Weight loss, to the order of nearly 10% body weight. Emotional flattening. Emotional lability. Fatigue. Insomnia. Palate changes, particularly with carbonated drinks and sugar. Disorientation at night sometimes. Suicidality.

But no migraines so… Winning?


-Benjamin Andiyar