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Topiramate Overdose

Topiramate Overdose

What is topiramate?

Topiramate is a seizure medicine, also called an anticonvulsant. Topiramate is used to treat seizures in adults and children who are at least 2 years old. Trokendi XR is for use in adults and children who are at least 6 years old.

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.

What are the possible side effects of topiramate?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.Report any new or worsening mood symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

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.

side effects of topiramate include:

  • tingling of the arms and legs (paresthesia)
  • not feeling hungry
  • nausea
  • a change in the way foods taste
  • diarrhea
  • weight loss
  • nervousness
  • upper respiratory tract infection

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).

What should I avoid while taking topiramate?

Do not drink alcohol. Dangerous side effects or increased seizures may occur.Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated in hot weather. Topiramate can decrease sweating and increase body temperature, leading to life-threatening dehydration (especially in children).Ketogenic or "ketosis" diets that are high in fat and low in carbohydrates can increase the risk of kidney stones. Avoid the use of such diets while you are taking topiramate.

Precautions

  • Topiramate may cause eye problems. Serious eye problems include:
  • any sudden decrease in vision with or without eye pain and redness
  • a blockage of fluid in the eye causing increased pressure in the eye (secondary angle closure glaucoma)
  • These eye problems can lead to permanent loss of vision if not treated. You should call your healthcare provider right away if you have any new eye symptoms.
  • Topiramate may cause decreased sweating and increased body temperature (fever). People, especially children, should be watched for signs of decreased sweating and fever, especially in hot temperatures. Some people may need to be hospitalized for this condition. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have a fever or decreased sweating.

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