Topamax is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to control partial-onset seizures, primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, and seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in people two years of age and older. Topamax may be prescribed alone as a monotherapy or together with other drugs as an adjunctive medication. Topamax is also referred to by its drug name, topiramate.
Topamax is an anticonvulsant, or in other words, a drug used to prevent and control seizures. It is believed to work in cases of epilepsy by inhibiting nerve signals in the brain.
How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Topamax is taken orally as a tablet or sprinkle capsule. Your doctor will likely start you on a low dose of Topamax and gradually increase the dosage.
Do not stop taking Topamax suddenly. If you decide to stop taking Topamax, consult your physician for a plan to reduce your dosage gradually.
Topamax should be taken exactly as prescribed by a physician.
The FDA-approved label for Topamax lists common side effects including “pins and needles” sensations, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, dizziness, sleepiness, nervousness, slowed movements, memory difficulties, attention and concentration difficulties, confusion, mood changes, fever, infection, and flushing. Some of these side effects may fade as your body acclimates to Topamax.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Topamax include vision loss, increased body temperature, high body acid levels, cognitive dysfunction, and fetal harm.
Rarely, Topamax may cause kidney stones. Call your doctor if you experience extreme pain in your back, side, or groin, fever, frequent or painful urination, or blood in your urine while taking Topamax.
Rarely, some people experience neurological symptoms including depression or suicidal thoughts and behavior while taking Topamax. Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects.
Avoid driving or operating machinery until you are certain you understand how Topamax affects you.
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