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Topiramate Intoxication

Topiramate Intoxication

Uses for Topiramate

Topiramate is a medication taken to treat seizures and prevent migraines. It is known as an anticonvulsant or antiepileptic drug. It is not used to treat migraines but decreases how often you get them. It is usually taken two times a day and can have serious side effects and withdrawal symptoms.Kelly does not realize the harm she has caused herself when she took more topiramate pills at one time than directed. Her migraine has not gone away and she now feels worse than ever. The medical team at the hospital is assessing her for an overdose.

How should I take topiramate?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.Topiramate can be taken with or without food.Swallow the tablet whole and do not crush, chew, or break it. The Trokendi XR extended-release capsule must be swallowed whole. Do not break or open.

Topamax Side Effects

  • tiredness,
  • drowsiness,
  • dizziness,
  • nervousness,
  • numbness or tingly feeling in the hands or feet,
  • coordination problems,
  • diarrhea,
  • weight loss,
  • speech/language problems,
  • changes in vision,
  • sensory distortion,
  • loss of appetite,
  • bad taste in your mouth,
  • confusion,
  • slowed thinking,
  • trouble concentrating or paying attention,
  • memory problems.

Symptoms of a Topiramate Overdose or Toxicity

Topiramate has several serious side effects that may be too severe for some people to continue taking for treatment. This would require a different medication to be prescribed. When someone takes more topiramate than prescribed, the side effects are elevated and severe symptoms are present. Symptoms of overdose include:

  • Problems with speech or balance
  • Chest pain
  • Stomach pain
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Agitation
  • Seizures
  • Fast or pounding heartbeat
  • Fainting
  • Blurred vision
  • Lightheadedness

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if you are more than 6 hours late for the dose. Do not take two doses at one time.Call your doctor for instructions if you miss two or more doses.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.Overdose symptoms may include drowsiness, agitation, depression, double vision, thinking problems, problems with speech or coordination, fainting, and seizure (convulsions).


Applies to topiramate: oral capsule, oral capsule extended release, oral tabletAlong with its needed effects, topiramate may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

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