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Is topomax used for mania or depression associated with bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 24 years experience
4 VERY mild Bipolar: Topomax (topiramate) is a very mild mood stabilizer, which for most people is not strong/effective enough to treat mania or depression itself, but it can decrease mild mood swings, irritability, and excessive hunger/binge urges.
Dr. Daryl Tanski
Specializes in Psychiatry
No: Topamax (topiramate) has not been proven effective for either the treatment of depression or mania associated with bipolar disorder. It has other uses that have been proven effective for seizure disorders and headache prevention.

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Is topomax used for bipolar 2 or depression?

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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Sometimes: Topamax (topiramate) is one of the medications psychiatrists have used off-label (not fda approved) for bipolar and depression but it is not very effective by itself. It can help reduce anxiety and weight gain caused by other meds. I would not recommend it by itself for those problems. It can be useful for migraines, alcohol cravings and sleep. Too much can impair concentration therefore nicknamed "dopamax".

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