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Im taking topiramate 25 mg 2 a day and im pregnant. What is the suggested way I should take it or should I stop taking it?

Im taking  topiramate 25 mg 2 a day and im pregnant.  What is the suggested way I should take it or should I stop taking it?

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

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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How safe is topamax (topiramate) during pregnancy?

How safe is topamax (topiramate) during pregnancy?

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

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

Should be avoided if: Topamax (topiramate) 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 (topiramate) to take during pregnancy considered safe?

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

Topamax (topiramate): If you are taking topamax (topiramate) 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)?

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 (topiramate) 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 (topiramate) 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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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