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Topamax (Overview)

Topiramate is a seizure agent which is a kind of brain and nerve drug.


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Side effects to topamax (topiramate)?

Side effects to topamax (topiramate)?

Topamax (topiramate) side effects: I agree 100%. We have seen some dramatic weight loss in some patients on topamax (topiramate) and I have several patients whose type ii diabetes has resolved from the associated weight loss. My poster child for topamax (topiramate) lost about 150 lbs. Not everyone tolerates it and it has be be tapered up very slowly. About 40% of patients eem to get some significant weight loss from our experience. ...Read more

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Topamax (Overview)

Topiramate is a seizure agent which is a kind of brain and nerve drug.


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Why would topamax (topiramate) help headaches?

Prophylaxis: Anticonvulsants and antiseizure medications are frequently prescribed for pain problems including headaches. These medications will change biochemical concentrations in the central nervous system. Other mechanisms may also be involved. ...Read more

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Can you take Depakote and Topamax (topiramate) together? Is 500mg Depakote safe with 50mg of Topamax (topiramate)?

Can you take Depakote and Topamax (topiramate) together? Is 500mg Depakote safe with 50mg of Topamax (topiramate)?

Yes & yes, BUT...: ...you didn't just wander into a pharmacy and made an impulse purchase. You got Rxs from a doctor for a reason, not just on a whim. Why are you trying to go around him/her? Asking anyone other than the MD who knows you and who knows the rationale for your treatment is unwise at best and dangerous at worst. You are entitled to an explanation in terms you understand FROM YOUR DOCTOR. ...Read more

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What has more side effects Dilantin or topamax (topiramate) and can topamax (topiramate) cause seizures?

What has more side effects Dilantin or topamax (topiramate) and can topamax (topiramate) cause seizures?

Jeff24, U need help: I see that you posted many questions all related to your "seizure" which you may have had 14 yrs ago. Despite multiple answers from different docs, you are not satisfied and seem to obsess about this issue quite abit. Topamax (topiramate) is actually used to treat both seizure and migraine. Jeff24, call your doc and make an appointment for follow-up. I think you have obscessive-compulsive-disorder. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can taking topamax (topiramate) cause weight loss?

Can taking topamax (topiramate) cause weight loss?

Yes: It has been studied as part of a weight loss combination pill. Can definitely cause weight loss as a side effect. ...Read more

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Does topamax (topiramate) cause insomnia for bipolr patients?

Topamax (topiramate): It can. Many of the meds used for bipolar disorder can affect sleep patterns. Hopefully they will help normalize your sleep/ wake cycle, which is critical for this condition. Sleep deprivation is a major trigger for a manic episode. If topamax (topiramate) is helpful for your mood cycling, i would ask your md about taking it in the am only. ...Read more

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Side effects of topamax (topiramate) for my migraines?

Side effects of topamax (topiramate) for my migraines?

Many and varied: Topamax (topiramate) causes a number of side effects, ranging from mild (tingling around the lips, altered taste of carbonated beverages), to severe (liver damage, memory problems). It also causes appetite suppression, which can lead to weight loss in some patients. ...Read more

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Is topamax (topiramate) effective for anxiety relief?

Is topamax (topiramate) effective for anxiety relief?

NOT INDICATED: Topamax (topiramate) is in the class of anti-convulsant medications, so used for seizures. Also used for migraine prophylaxis. Not too sure about use for anxiety as that is very off labile. Lots of other medications are indicated. ...Read more

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Does topamax (topiramate) cause depression ?

Does topamax (topiramate) cause depression ?

Yes, but: Only small number of patients may experience depression, suicidal thoughts/attempts, or other mental/mood problems. Contact the prescribing physician immediately if any of these rare but serious side effects occur. ...Read more

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Topamax (topiramate) substitute for weekly migraines w/no weight gain&memory loss side effects?tylenol,NSAIDs&neurontin dont work.on trileptal,klon,&wellbutrin now

Topamax (topiramate) substitute for weekly migraines w/no weight gain&memory loss side effects?tylenol,NSAIDs&neurontin dont work.on trileptal,klon,&wellbutrin now

Weekly migraine: Most people would not take a medicine every day to prevent a migraine that occurs once per week. Unless that migraine lasts several days. Substitutes for topamax (topiramate) could be propranolol, magnesium, or valproate perhaps. Normally wellbutrin and propranolol are not used together, in case the mood worsens. Why are you using trileptal? Your side effects may occur due to medicine interactions. ...Read more

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What does topamax (topiramate) do for migraines?

Prevention: Topomax, like many other seizure medications, is used to prevent or decrease the severity and frequency of migraine headaches. ...Read more

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Can topamax (topiramate) work well for bipolar?

Can topamax (topiramate) work well for bipolar?

Topamax (topiramate): Topamax (topiramate) can be used for treatment of Bipolar Disorder. I don't usually use it as my first line medication. More often use it with another medication that stabilizes mood. ...Read more

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Can topamax (topiramate) cause permanent memory loss?

Not at all: The cognitive side effects of topamax (topiramate) occur due to interference with function of ampa glutamate, which reverses typically a few days after cessation. ...Read more

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Can topamax (topiramate) be taken for depression?

Not recommended: Topamax (topiramate) is a newer anticonvulsant that prescribed for a variety of pain disorders including the prophylaxis of migraine headache. The recommended starting dose is 15-25 at night increasing very slowly to a dose two times a day. As a prophylactic medication you should take it daily as prescribed. Rec.: talk to yous physician for more information. ...Read more

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Neurontin, (gabapentin) tramadolany cause headaches, migraines as side effect?

Neurontin, (gabapentin) tramadolany cause headaches, migraines as side effect?

Headache : Is one of the most common side effects with medication. And yes, both Neurontin (gabapentin) and tramadol can cause headache as a side effect. ...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