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Description

Topamax is an oral tablet consisting of an anticonvulsant called topiramate. We carry this medication in both the brand name and the generic alternative in 25mg, 50mg, 100mg, and 200mg!

Topamax is prescribed to treat seizures and can also be used to prevent migraines. Seizures are uncontrolled and sudden electrical disturbances in the brain causing changes in behavior, movements, or feelings, and may provoke different levels of consciousness. A migraine is a type of headache that is characterized by moderate to severe recurrent headaches, typically affecting one half of the head for a few hours to a few days.

Topamax (topiramate) it isn’t known exactly how this medication works to treat seizures or migraines, but it is thought to have an effect on the chemicals, channels, receptors, and enzymes in your brain, which affects these conditions.

Directions

Use this medication exactly has directed too. Directions can commonly be found on the prescription label. Do not change your dose or stop taking your dose without first consulting your doctor. Avoid taking this medication for longer than your doctor recommended.

Topamax can be taken with or without food and swallowed whole; do not crush, chew, or break the tablet.

Cautions

Do not use Topamax (topiramate)

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to topiramate.

Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required

To ensure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had glaucoma or other eye problems, diabetes, metabolic acidosis, kidney disease, kidney stones, dialysis, lung disease, breathing problems, mood problems, depression, suicidal thoughts or actions, an eating disorder, liver disease, soft or brittle bones, a growth disorder, or if you are sick with diarrhea.

Risks

This medication can cause metabolic acidosis; a high level of acid in the blood. This can weaken your bones, cause kidney stones, or cause growth problems in children or harm to an unborn baby.

Some patients find they have suicidal thoughts when first taking this medication. Family and/or caregivers should be alert to changes.

If you become pregnant during treatment; consult your doctor but do not discontinue use. Your doctor will tell you how to properly stop taking this medication. Stopping this medication suddenly can cause seizures to occur.

Topamax can make birth control less effective; use non-hormonal birth control methods while being treated with this medication.

This drug can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing infant. Do not breast feed while using this medication until you have discussed the risks and benefits with your doctor.

Drink plenty of fluids while being treated with Topamax; this will help reduce the risk of kidney stones or an electrolyte imbalance.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Topamax (topiramate) may include:

fever, weight loss; numbness or tingling in your arms and legs; flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling); headache, dizziness, drowsiness, tired feeling, slow reactions; mood problems, feeling nervous; nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, indigestion; cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat; or changes in your sense of taste.

The above side effects should not alarm you.

Serious side effects of Topamax (topiramate) may include:

vision problems, eye pain or redness, sudden vision loss (can be permanent if not treated quickly); confusion, problems with thinking or memory, trouble concentrating, problems with speech;

dehydration symptoms - decreased sweating, high fever, hot and dry skin;

signs of a kidney stone - severe pain in your side or lower back, painful or difficult urination;

signs of too much acid in your blood - irregular heartbeats, feeling tired, loss of appetite, trouble thinking, feeling short of breath; or

signs of too much ammonia in your blood - vomiting, unexplained weakness, feeling like you might pass out.

If you have any of the above side effects or signs of complications, contact your doctor right away.

Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.

FAQs

What is Topamax?

Topamax is a medication that can be used along, but generally what topiramate is used for, alongside other medications, is to prevent and control seizures. Although at times it has been prescribed for migraine headaches and decrease the amount of times you can get them. However, it cannot treat a migraine once it does occur. For either case, it is best to take this medication as directed by your doctor. And while it is unknown as to how this medication works, it is thought to have an effect on the chemicals within the brain which affect these conditions initially. Topamax comes in the form of the brand, which is Topamax, and a generic called Topiramate. It also comes in four different strengths which are 25mg, 50mg, 100mg, and 200mg. If you have any questions regarding this medication or any inquires in general, feel free to give us a call at our toll free number 1-877-385-8998.

 

What are the side effects of Topamax?

 Some of the most common side effects for Topamax are as follows; bluured or double vision, eye pain or rapidly decreasing vision, burning or tingling sensations, clumsiness, unsteadiness or clumsiness, confusion, continuous, uncontrolled back-and-forth or rolling eye movements, dizziness, drowsiness, eye redness, increased eye pressure, menstrual change and pain, memory problems, nervousness, speech and language problems, trouble concentrating, and unusual weakness or tiredness. Keep in mind that these are not all of the side effects that are listed for this mediation. If you have any questions you should consult your doctor.

 

How long does Topamax stay in your system?

As for how long does topiramate stay in your system, it’s in the general area of about 4 to 6 days after your last dose. This all depending on factors such as dosage and your metabolism.

 

How long does it take Topamax to work for migraines?

In order to gain the full benefit of this medication, you should take it regularly. However it may be 2 to 3 months before the benefits of this medication are realized.