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Topiramate Withdrawal

Topiramate Withdrawal

What Is Topamax (Topiramate)?

Topamax, also known by its generic name topiramate, is an anticonvulsant and antiepileptic medication which is used to prevent and control seizures. Topiramate has also been found effective in preventing migraines and decreasing how often patients experience them. Some common side effects of Topamax use are tiredness, drowsiness, dizziness, loss of coordination, tingling of the hands/feet, loss of appetite, bad taste in your mouth, diarrhea, weight loss, confusion, slowed thinking, trouble concentrating, nervousness, memory problems and speech problems. If any of these side effects get worse or last a long time, talk to your doctor.

Topamax Withdrawal?

i was just wondering if anyone has taking Topamax and then discontinued it or decressed it's dosage and experienced withdrawal symptoms? my doctor decided to lower my dosage since i've been experincing major weight loss and constipation i started yesterday and it was horrible.. i had panick attacks ( i think thats what they were) anxiety, mood swings, i LITERLY didnt want no one to touch me at all i would start screaming if they did.(every time someone touched me i got an aura for some reason) my mom had to put my food on the end of the bed and i would get it myself. i was reallyy confused for a while. i had lots of aura's and right after them i had burst out in tears for no reason for a few seconds then would stop suddenly(possible seizuer??) i know i did have two partial complex seizures for sure but the rest i'm not sure of.. are these withdrawal symptoms?? how long will this last ?? it scared me really bad and my family i went back to taking the dose i started on.. not sure if i wanna decrease my dosage if all this happend to me.. please any information will be appreciated.

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.

Topamax Withdrawal Duration: How long does it last?

There is really no telling how long the withdrawal from Topamax is going to last. Most people suggest that it takes anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to be free of withdrawal symptoms. The half-life of the drug ranges from 19 to 25 hours, meaning it could take over 2 days for the drug to leave your system. Most reports suggest that there isn’t a protracted withdrawal syndrome associated with Topamax, so no need to panic.

How long did your side effects last after tapering off Topamax?

 was on topamax for about 3 months and at 75 mg. This drug was highly changing my mood and personality and it was only mildly effective at helping the migraines. I spoke with my doctor and he told me to wean off by 25 mg every 4 days. I took my last pill on day 12. I am currently 9 days free of Topamax but I am still dealing with pretty intense muscle spasms (eye, leg, feet) and I seem to feel dizzy and almost a little bit like a panic attack. I was wondering does anyone know how long it would take for this to wear off? I was only on the drug 3 months. I still fear I could have a seziure and I wonder if I weaned off too quickly. I am also a bit of a worry wart so that doesn't help any of my problems.


For optimum seizure control in both adults and children, it is recommended that therapy should beinitiated at a low dose followed by slow titration to an effective dose. Dose titration should be guidedby clinical outcome.

Topamax Withdrawal Symptoms

  • seizures
  • dehydration
  • rebound migraines and migraines (migraines can emerge even if never experienced before taking Topamax)
  • weight gain, increase in appetite
  • shaking, tremors
  • insomnia
  • dizziness, vertigo feeling
  • nausea
  • mood swings, i.e., irritability, crying spells, anger or deep depression
  • profuse sweating
  • anxiety
  • depersonalization

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