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Does topamax (topiramate) cause insomnia for bipolr patients?

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

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


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Does topiramate cause insomnia?

Does topiramate cause insomnia?

Typically not,: I prescribe this medication commonly and most of my patients complain of initial drowsiness. But, everybody is different. As i would advise with any medication, if you are not having a serious side effect, stick and out for at least 10 days and see how it goes. If you feel this is an issue, then discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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I want to know whether topiramate can cause insomnia to a person and for what reason. It is my case.

I want to know whether topiramate can cause insomnia to a person and for what reason. It is my case.

Probably not the med: More commonly, topiramate will cause sedation and true insomnia is not a reported side effect. Perhaps your insomnia is caused by the stress of the reason you are taking the topiramate or another cause. There are separate treatments for insomnia, both pharmaceutical and lifestyle. Please either make a virtual appointment or see your physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have been on 25 mg of topamax (topiramate) 2x/day for eight weeks. Have lost 15 lbs, trouble sleeping but no headaches. Should i continue this dosage?

I have been on 25 mg of topamax (topiramate) 2x/day for eight weeks. Have lost 15 lbs, trouble sleeping but no headaches. Should i continue this dosage?

DISCUSS WITH DOC: Sounds like you have successfully broken up headache pattern, but also have experienced some of the topamax (topiramate) side effects. You might find it possible to slowly taper off over a period of a few weeks. There are also several natural headache preventatives, like co-q-10, riboflavin, feverfew, and butterbur, so these may provide few if any adverse effects. ...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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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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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


Topamax (Definition)

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