A 22-year-old female asked:
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i have been on topomax for approx 2 years for migraines/severe headaches. i've noticed that my short term memory has not been so great, is it s/e?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Topiramate: Topamax (topiramate) is an anticonvulsant (anti-seizure) medication also used to prevent migraines. Memory loss is a well-known side effect. Check out http://www.drugs.com/mtm/topiramate.html: "confusion, slowed thinking, memory problems, trouble concentrating, problems with speech" . . . "problems with thinking or memory". Discuss your concerns w/prescribing doc.
Answered on Dec 17, 2015
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Dr. Hamsa Jayaraj
53 years experience Internal Medicine
Nutritional support is crucial. Avoid refined sugar,caffeine & alcohol. Identify & avoid allergenic foods. Eliminate foods thAt contain tyramlne, phenylethylamine & other referring agents like chocolate, citrus fruits, some wines & aged cheese.Avoid aspartame.Magnesium, riboflavin, Co Q 10 & Folic acid. Consult a nutritionally oriented Doctor.topiramate has many side effects & drug interactions.
Dec 17, 2015
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
32 years experience Neurology
Very possible: Hello Miss Shaquita-how are you? I miss our visits and your sense of cordialness. Why not set something up so we can have a chat again and see how things have been going? Many of the medications we use to prevent headaches can have side effects affecting short-term memory. The real question becomes "is it working?" and is the trade-off for headache prevention worth the side effects? HO! HO! HO!
Answered on Apr 26, 2016
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