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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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How to tapper off from topiramate?

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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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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Does Topiramate work on tics?

Does Topiramate work on tics?

Yes, possibly: Some case reports have described a positive effect of topiramate on tics. ...Read more

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Is topamax (topiramate) used for ocd?

Topamax (topiramate): No. It is used as seizure medication, mood stabilizer, migraine headaches prevention, among others. ...Read more

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Does Topiramate depress your breathing ?

Does Topiramate depress your breathing ?

According to: Drugs.Com, Topiramate side effects may include: 'pulmonary embolism, coughing, pneumonia, asthma, and bronchitis'. Let your doctor know asap if you have difficulty breathing or seek ER evaluation for significant symptoms. ...Read more

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Is topamax (topiramate) used for chronic pain?

Yes,: Topamax is a newer anticonvulsant that blocks voltage-gated sodium ion channels. Because it is not extensively metabolized in the liver, topiramate is being promoted as the successor to Gabapentin and is prescribed for a variety of cnronic pain disorders including the prophylaxis of migraine headache. Rec.: talk to your health care provider about the risk/benefit ratio. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about lost hair with topiramate?

Topiramate and hair: Topiramate (Topamax) is a newer anticonvulsant that blocks voltage-gated sodium ion channels. Because it is not extensively metabolized in the liver, topiramate is being promoted as the successor to Gabapentin and is prescribed for a variety of pain disorders including the prophylaxis of migraine headache. Rare side effect of the topiramate is hair loss. ...Read more

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What to do if my hair fallen out using topiramate?

Discuss with doctor: Depending upon the condition you are treating and your response to other treatments, the medication can simply be discontinued and an alternative medicine prescribed. I would consult with the prescribing physician. ...Read more

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What are the withdrawl side effects of topiramate?

Topamax (topiramate) withdrawal: Topiramate (Topamax (topiramate)) is a newer anticonvulsant that blocks voltage-gated sodium ion channels. Topamax (topiramate) should not be discontinued abruptly or withdrawal symptoms, including confusion, loss of hearing or vision, fear, panic, convulsions, difficulty talking, tremors, headaches, just to name a few. Topamax (topiramate) should be gradually tapered down 25 mg every3-4 days. ...Read more

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Can i take allegra and topamax (topiramate) together?

Can i take allegra and topamax (topiramate) together?

Yes you can: Yes you can. There are no significant interactions between the 2 medications. Allergra normally does not cause severe side effects or interactions with other medications. ...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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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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Dr. Joseph Boland
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Difficulty Sleeping (Definition)

Many women complain that they have trouble sleeping when they are pregnant. Try not to eat just before bedtime. Consider taking a warm bath at bedtime to help you relax. As your abdomen gets bigger, you may want to lie on your side with a pillow under your abdomen and a pillow between ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

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