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Topiramate Topamax

Topiramate Topamax

What is topiramate topamax?

Topamax (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.Topamax is also used to prevent migraine headaches in adults and teenagers who are at least 12 years old. This medicine will only prevent migraine headaches or reduce the number of attacks. It will not treat a headache that has already begun.Topamax may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Uses

topiramate topamaxis used alone or with other medications to prevent and control seizures (epilepsy). This medication is also used to prevent migraine headaches and decrease how often you get them. Topiramate will not treat a migraine headache once it occurs. If you get a migraine headache, treat it as directed by your doctor (such as by taking pain medication, lying down in a dark room).

How to use topiramate topamax

Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking topiramate and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually twice daily. Swallow the tablets whole since breaking them may leave a bitter taste. To prevent kidney stones from forming, drink plenty of liquids while taking this medication unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

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.

taking this medicine

You should not use Topamax if you are allergic to topiramate. You should not use extended-release topiramate if you have metabolic acidosis (high levels of acid in your blood) and are also taking metformin for diabetes.

  • To make sure Topamax is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
  • glaucoma or other eye problems;
  • diabetes, or metabolic acidosis;
  • kidney disease, kidney stones, or dialysis;
  • lung disease, breathing problems;
  • mood problems, depression, or suicidal thoughts or actions;
  • liver disease;
  • soft or brittle bones (osteoporosis, osteomalacia);
  • a growth disorder; or
  • if you are sick with diarrhea.

What is the most important information I should know about TOPAMAX?

TOPAMAX 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, including any new problems with your vision.

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