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Topamax (Overview)

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


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What can topamax (topiramate) do to your body?

What can topamax (topiramate) 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

Topamax (Overview)

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


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I was prescribed topamax (topiramate), (topiramate) to take with my phentermine. What exactly is topamax (topiramate) prescribed for?

Topamax (topiramate): Topamax (topiramate) is a seizure medication. Topamax (topiramate) is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat seizures in adults and children. Topamax (topiramate) is also used to treat/prevent migraine headaches in adults.

In your case, it might be prescribed for weight loss with phentermine. ...Read more

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How difficult is it to get a doctor to prescribe topamax (topiramate)?

How difficult is it to get a doctor to prescribe topamax (topiramate)?

No: Family doctors, neurologists or pain doctors can prescribe it if you need it. ...Read more

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I was prescribed topamax (topiramate) and noraflex is them bad meds I seen topmax on recall. I'm scared to take it. What do they both do for stomach how do it wrk?

I was prescribed topamax (topiramate) and noraflex is them bad meds I seen topmax on recall. I'm scared to take it. What do they both do for stomach how do it wrk?

Lack of trust: I am a neurologist who wrote more than 4000 prescription of topamax--it has been god send for chronic migraine patient and every woman who has migraine and want to lose weight
topamax brought in sales of $538 million in 2010, a decline of over 50% from 2009.
Norflex is just a muscle relaxant--i am writing this before you even tell us what is your diagnosis--but you suspect bad medicine. ...Read more

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Is it ok for you to use nadolol and topamax (topiramate) in the same day?

Is it ok for you to use nadolol and topamax (topiramate) in the same day?

Nadolol/Topamax: Some sedation, depending on dose, otherwise ok. ...Read more

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Used topamax (topiramate) 100 for 3 weeks then stoped sudenly last weekcoz of dyspnea. It is becoming worse now. Will I wil get rid of side effects of this drug.

Used topamax (topiramate) 100 for 3 weeks then stoped sudenly last weekcoz of dyspnea. It is becoming worse now. Will I wil get rid of side effects of this drug.

Shortness of breath: If you stopped topamax (topiramate) but your shortness of breath is not getting better, I doubt this is related to topamax (topiramate). If it's not improving, you will need to have it looked at by a doc. ...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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My opthalmologist thinks I have cluster headaches & should see a neurologist. What can they do for me if I do and does topamax (topiramate) work for them?

Yes, could help: Cluster headaches could well be a problem for males in your age group, and could provoke significant problems if uncontrolled. Breathing of 100% oxygen may help, but even better would be a preventative approach such as topamax, (topiramate) but depakote, beta blockers and calcium channel blockers may also help. Even some otc remedies could work. Neurology should be able to help. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take topamax (topiramate) with other pain medications?

Maybe: Topamax (topiramate) can be used in combination therapy with other pain medications. Treatment should be done by a qualified pain management specialist familiar with chronic medication management with topamax (topiramate) and other pain medications. Topamax (topiramate) can have the desirable side-effect of significant weight loss. ...Read more

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Can I take lomotil and topamax (topiramate) together safely?

Not Aware: Not aware of any interactions. Lomotil (diphenoxylat and atropine) is an extremely weak opioid combined with Atropine to discourage abuse. If taken in a normal dosage you should not have any problems. I would always check with a pharmacist to see if there are any problems with combining any of your medications. ...Read more

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I never drink but today I was extrememly upset and I had 2 shots of Moscato rubino, can I still take my 75mg topamax (topiramate) for H/A and 10mg Zyrtec tonight?

Never mix: Do not risk a significant side effect by mixing alcohol and drugs. This can potentially increase the toxicity of these medications with serious adverse outcomes. It is simply not worth it. ...Read more

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I see eye pain can b a sign of a serious side effect of topamax, (topiramate) I somtimes get eyepain w/headaches, but not often. How do I know when to see a dr?

I see eye pain can b a sign of a serious side effect of topamax, (topiramate) I somtimes get eyepain w/headaches, but not often. How do I know when to see a dr?

Call MD: Anytime you are experiencing something that you think is a side effect of a medication you should call the prescriber right away and if you cannot reach them contact the pharmacist. They may decide to stop the medication, alter the dosage or substitue a different medication or just monitor your progress while you are on it depending on how long they plan for you to be on the medicine. ...Read more

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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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Withdrawal symptoms from topamax (topiramate) how long do they last. I have tapered down from 100mg. In 25mg. Increments. I stopped completely five nights ago.

Not much longer: It all depends on how long you were taking it. It shouldn't be that way much longer. Make sure you let your prescribing doctor know about your symptoms asap. ...Read more

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Since I started taking topamax, (topiramate) I have gone from an active sex life to having no libido. Is this a common side effect? Can it be altered by dosage?

Possible: Topamax (topiramate) has many adverse effects, including pins and needle paresthesias, cognitive and speech issues, narrow angle glaucoma, kidney stones, metabolic acidosis, heat stroke risks. In view of inhibition of ampa glutamate pathways, would not be unique to experience sexual side effects. Although could be dosage dependent, you may need an alternative med. ...Read more

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2nd month of junel fe. On topamax (topiramate). Didn't know they interact. 2 weeks late, tests say neg but I don't feel right. Vegetarian now eating meat. Tired.

2nd month of junel fe. On topamax (topiramate). Didn't know they interact. 2 weeks late, tests say neg but I don't feel right. Vegetarian now eating meat. Tired.

Drug interaction: Topiramate (topamax) can provoke unplanned pregnancy in women using estrogen-containing contraception by speeding up metabolism of estrogen. Get a confirmatory blood HCG test to know with certainty whether you are or aren't pregnant. Progesterone-containing contraception will avoid this interaction for the future. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can a combination of metformin, topamax, (topiramate) phentermine and wellbutrin help you lose weight?

Possibly but: There are several drug interactions between these 4 medications, and Phentermine and wellbutrin (bupropion) could both increase anxiety significantly. Consult your prescriber and discuss this combination thoroughly with her/him. ...Read more

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I overdosed on topamax; would that leave any permanent effects?

Treated?: I assume that if you wrote the question you lived through it, so at least that is not in question.
There should be no lasting effects if you survived the acute od episode without problems. ...Read more

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Topamax (topiramate) for 12 months. On 200 mg and am now experiencing many serious side effects. Have 50 mg tabs. Ok to dec. By 50mg per week?

Take as prescribed: Talk with your doctor first. This is very important with topamax (topiramate) and especially since you are experiencing side-effects. Some people do well, however, tapering the dose by 50 mg per week, i.e. Decrease to 150 mg week 1, then to 100 mg week 2, then 50 mg week 3. Pharmacists are very knowledgeable and you may want to speak with your pharmacist as well. ...Read more

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How does topiramate work?

Multiple Mechanisms: The current theory proposes that the excitability of neurons in the central nervous system are reduced by a number of different mechanisms. These theories change about every 5 to 10 years as more insight of how the CNS works is gained. The use of this drug has been supported by double-blind, placebo controlled studies which shows effectiveness for various conditions. ...Read more

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How to tapper off from topiramate?

Topiramate: I don't know if this being prescribed to you by a psychiatrist or a neurologist. I worry when I see this type of question, as it might mean that someone is considering coming off of a medication without fully discussing with the prescribing provider. I encourage you to discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Can you have topamax (topiramate) overdose?

Yes: Topamax (topiramate) overdoes can happen. It affects speech, vision, produces lethargy, possible seizures, agitation, depression - treatment is supportive and may involve pumping out the stomach. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: topiramate?

Versatile: 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.
Occasion usage in psychiatry. ...Read more

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How long can I stay on topamax (topiramate)?

Indefinitely: Topamax (topiramate) has been on the market for about 20 years. There has been no long term sequellae reported. ...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