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How safe is topamax during pregnancy?

How safe is topamax during pregnancy?

Cleft palate: There is increased risk of cleft lip and palate fda changed warning from category c to d. ...Read more

Dr. Ira Katz
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Pregnancy (Definition)

If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


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Does topamax hurt a pregnancy should I take it while pregnant?

Does topamax hurt a pregnancy should I take it while pregnant?

Should be avoided if: Topamax is considered a category d drug, meaning there are definite birth defects noted. It depends on what you are taking it for. If it is for seizures, the best thing to do is ask your neurologist if it is absolutely necessary. If it is for migraines or pain issues, you may want to wean off prior to getting pregnant. If you must be on it, Folic Acid needs to be taken daily. ...Read more

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To what extent is topamax to take during pregnancy considered safe?

To what extent is topamax to take during pregnancy considered safe?

Topamax: If you are taking topamax for seizures you should talk with your doctor about the need for using it during pregnancy (benefits/risks to both you and the baby) and whether an alternative may be safer, though all seizure medications carry some risks when used during pregnancy. Do not stop taking it without consulting with the doctor first. ...Read more

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What is the pregnancy rate on ineffective birth control (such as if you're taking topamax)?

What is the pregnancy rate on ineffective birth control (such as if you're taking topamax)?

Unknown: There is no data to best of my knowledge about rates of pregnancy, however because topiramate (topamax) decreases the effectiveness of birth control pills, the risk of unplanned pregnancy is high. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take topamax before having children? To prevent migraines? Studies show birth defects while taking it during pregnancy which I wouldn't do

Is it ok to take topamax before having children? To prevent migraines? Studies show birth defects while taking it during pregnancy which I wouldn't do

FDA News Release: FDA: Risk of oral birth defects in children born to mothers taking topiramate. "New data suggest that the drug Topamax (topiramate) and its generic versions increase the risk for the birth defects cleft lip and cleft palate in babies born to women who use the medication during pregnancy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said today." See your OB/GYN for more information. ...Read more

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Could the medication 'divalproex sodium' or 'topiramate' affect an at home pregnancy test result cuz im 5 days late and it's negative i'm never late?

Could the medication 'divalproex sodium' or 'topiramate' affect an at home pregnancy test result cuz im 5 days late and it's negative i'm never late?

Trust the test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate and this medication will not affect the test. They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more

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Can Topomax cause false negative pregnancy test?

Can Topomax cause  false negative pregnancy test?

No: If the test is a conventional pregnancy test, it should not make any differance. However, for the accuracy serum hCG test always available in an OBGYN's office. Good luck. ...Read more

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Took pregnancy test friday it was positive. Worried about meds i take, should I stop them 20 mg lisinopril and 100 mg of topomax?

Took pregnancy test friday it was positive. Worried about meds i take, should I stop them 20 mg lisinopril and 100 mg of topomax?

Category D: Both medications are category d: there is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk (e.g., if the drug is needed in a life-threatening situation or for a serious disease for which safer drugs cannot be used or are ineffective). Ask your doctor asap for alternatives. ...Read more

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Can your implanon start back working after been on topamax on an off? What they mean implanon will be less affective by the med.

Yes after awhile: Topamax affects implanon/nexplanon due to increasing liver hormone breakdown thus the hormone does not stay in your system as it theoretically should. While on topamax, it's best to consider using additional protection (e.g. condom/diaphragm) to avoid undesired pregnancy. When topamax is stopped, the implanon effectiveness returns to its theoretical full effectiveness after about 2 wks ...Read more

Dr. Colin Sanner
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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


Topamax (Definition)

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