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I've been on 800mg topamax for a couple of months and I took myself off of it. Can you tell some of the symptoms to expect from quitting?

I've been on 800mg topamax for a couple of months and I took myself off of it. Can you tell some of the symptoms to expect from quitting?

Reason for taking?: It would depend in part on why you were taking the medication in the first place. It's almost never a good idea to "self wean" or decide to go "cold turkey" on a prescription medication especially an anti-epileptic drug such as Topamax without checking with the prescriber first. In this case, the risk could've been rebound seizures (which don't seem to have happened). ...Read more

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Topiramate (Definition)

Is indicated to treat epilepsy, but mainly a second line or adjunctive agent, and also useful to prevent migraine headaches. Has several adverse effects including: kidney stones, narrow angle glaucoma, metabolic acidosis, heatstroke in kids, paresthesias, slowing of speech and cognition, drowsiness. ...Read more


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What can topamax do to your body?

What can topamax do to your body?

See side effects: Topomax has a wide variety of uses. It is used to treat everything from migraines, binge eating, alcoholism and post traumatic stress disorder. Side effects include short-term memory loss, word finding difficulty, numbness and tingling, upper respiratory tract infections, diarrhea, nausea and anorexia. Side effects which most commonly lead to discontinuing the drug include fatigue and confusion. ...Read more

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What medicines are similar to topamax?

AED- anticonvulsant: Topamax is a newer anticonvulsant that blocks voltage-gated sodium ion channels similar to carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, gabapentin, etc. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get used to the effects of topamax?

How long does it take to get used to the effects of topamax?

Variable: While some of the side effects (tingling lips and fingertips) go away after a few days or weeks, others (appetite suppression, word-finding difficulty) persist as long as the medication is continued. ...Read more

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What are the effects of topamax on women?

What are the effects of topamax on women?

Many.: Many, but most not severe. Cannot get pregnant! difficulty concentrating, speech problems, especially difficulty thinking of specific words, memory problems, lack of coordination, confusion, nervousness, irritability, mood swings, depression, headache, drowsiness, weakness, excessive movement, uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body, uncontrollable eye movements, extreme thirst, weight loss! ...Read more

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Just started topamax, soda tastes awful....Will this go away?

Usually: Weight loss is a common (usually desired) side effect from med, can cause strange sensations, sometimes you have to decrease dose or increase more slowly, but if not intolerable, would try to stick it out at least 2 weeks and symptoms generally resolve. ...Read more

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Hi i want ask about topamax medicine I have 18 years and i took it from 4 years as yet is this medicine has negative point to me or bad results in fut?

Hi i want ask about topamax medicine I have 18 years and i took it from 4 years as yet is this medicine has negative point to me or bad results in fut?

Regular lab tests: Presuming you are taking it for a significant and necessary medical cause, watching your liver enzymes and blood counts through regular blood tests should mitigate most any long term effects. ...Read more

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Can i go off topamax after 12 days?

Yes, you can: Topamax should be slowly titrated down by 50mg every 3 days and should never be abruptly discontinued. Side effects may include nausea, confusion, drowsiness and weakness, especially in older patients. Rec.: see your prescribing physician for medication adjustment. ...Read more

Topamax (Definition)

Topiramate is a seizure agent which is a kind of ...Read more