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Topiramate Weight Loss

Topiramate Weight Loss

Topamax and Weight Loss

Doctors occasionally prescribe Topamax off-label to control binging and purging and promote weight loss in people with eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder.The drug is seen as an alternative when first-line therapy with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have failed to achieve results.It is unclear why Topamax is effective for these uses; however, it is believed that the same properties that enable it to control migraines and seizures also work to inhibit the brain networks that cause food cravings.Although there have been a number of studies supporting the efficacy of Topamax for weight loss, there remain some concerns regarding its long-term safety. In addition, the drug has troubling, sometimes serious side effects.

Is topiramate for weight loss?

Consequently there is particular interest in topiramate (Topamax and generic), a drug approved to treat certain types of seizures and prevent migraine headaches, but is used off-label to control binging and purging, and to promote weight loss in people with eating disorders.

Can topiramate cause weight loss?

According to the Topamax package insert, weight loss is one of the drug's most common side effects. However, weight gain is also a side effect of Topamax. Weight loss in patients taking Topamax appears to be dose-dependent -- that is, higher doses of Topamax cause more weight loss.

How much Topamax should I take to lose weight?

For weight loss: Adults—At first, one tablet of 3.75 milligrams (mg) of phentermine and 23 mg of topiramate once a day for 14 days. After 14 days, your doctor may increase your dose to 7.5 mg of phentermine and 46 mg of topiramate once a day.

Warning

Topamax can lead to serious eye problems that, if left untreated, could cause permanent vision loss. These include a sudden decrease in vision that may be accompanied by eye pain and redness, as well as a blockage of fluid in the eye resulting in secondary angle closure glaucoma.

Topamax might decrease sweating and increase your body temperature resulting in a fever. Some people may need to be hospitalized if this occurs.Using this medicine could increase the level of acid in your blood, causing metabolic acidosis. Symptoms may include loss of appetite, feeling tired, changes in your heartbeat, or having problems thinking clearly.If metabolic acidosis is not treated, it could cause brittle or soft bones leading to osteoporosis or other conditions. It might also result in kidney stones or slow the rate of growth in children.

What are the risks ?

Eye problems can lead to permanent loss of vision if not treated. Tell your doctor beforehand if you've had glaucoma and report eye pain, redness, or vision changes during treatment.

Decreased sweating makes it more difficult for your body to cool down when it gets very hot and might make you more vulnerable to heat-stroke. Avoid exposure to heat, drink plenty of fluids, and notify your doctor if you have a fever.

Suicidal thoughts or actions should be reported immediately to your doctor, including panic attacks, agitation, irritability, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, talking or thinking about suicide, and any other changes in behavior or mood.Excess acid in the blood (acidosis) can cause tiredness, loss of appetite, irregular heartbeat, and impaired consciousness, and is more likely if you consume a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet or have kidney disease, respiratory problems, or diarrhea. Tell your doctor if you have any of those conditions before or during treatment, and don't follow a high-fat, low-carb diet while taking the medication.

Side Effect

Side effects that require you to speak with your doctor right away:

  • Blurred or rapidly decreasing vision
  • Double vision
  • Eye pain and redness
  • Increased eye pressure
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Burning, prickling or tingling sensations
  • Nervousness   
  • Clumsiness/unsteadiness

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