Is it safe to take topamax (topiramate) while pregnant?

No . It's pregnancy class d (definite evidence of fetal risk) for pregnancy and unknown for lactation.
No. Seizure medications are all teratogenic to a certain degree, and most cross the placenta. In the perfect world we would avoid them, but in women with severe seizure disorders it is better to take them than have uncontrolled seizures. If the drug is being taken for mood disorder it may be necessary or one may be able to go off. Its an individual decision that needs to be made with one's doc.

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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...

I'm 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...

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...

Horrible migraine 4 days nothing helps. 6wks pregnant no longer can take topamax (topiramate). Fainted in the bathroom and now I'm cramping. What should I do?

See your doctor. The first thing you should do is see your doctor to make sure the baby is ok, particularly with your cramping they can also discuss other treatment options for your headaches after first ruling out anything very serious as the cause. The fact that you lost consciousness is worrisome. You should see your doctor immediately. Read more...
AGREE WITH DR TYSON. I too feel you need to have an immediate exam, just to be safe for yourself and baby. You really cannot take the usual migraine meds during pregnancy, but it might be safe to take riboflavin or co-q10 for prevention, but check with OB doc. Some pts alleviate the headache pain with inhalation of 100% oxygen over 3-5 min, another topic to discuss. Good luck. Read more...

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

Neural tube. defects such s spina bifida and cleft lip occur as the result of failure of closure of the embryonic neural tube. This occurs between the 21st and 28th day of pregnancy. One does not know they are pregnant until at least 14 days into the pregnancy. This does not allow much time to come off Topamax (topiramate). . Read more...
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...