Topamax ( Topiramate )
Topamax ( Topiramate ) is used in the adjunctive treatment of partial onset seizures in adults and pediatric patients ages 2 to 16 years, in Binge-eating disorder, and to treat bipolar disorder. Add on treatment for primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in adults and children, 2-16 years old.
Topamax ( Topiramate ) can help reduce the frequency of migraines. Benefits of migraine prevention:
Dosages: Actual dosage must be determined by a physician.
Adult: 200 mg daily, in 2 divided doses.
The metabolic breakdown of Topamax will be reduced increasing the duration and intensity of its effects.
Take With: Can be taken with or without food.
Full Benefits: 2 to 3 months before evaluating therapeutic effect.
Missed Dose(s): If within one hour take, if over an hour skip and then continue on your normal schedule.
If Stop Taking: Do not stop without consulting your physician and never abruptly are you may develop withdrawal seizures.
Overdose symptoms include: N/A.
Patients with hepatic function impairment may have increased Topiramate plasma concentrations and a dosage adjustments may be needed. Avoid alcohol while taking this drug. Use extra caution if you have any liver or kidney impairment. ( The metabolic breakdown of Topamax will be reduced increasing the duration and intensity of its effects ). Topamax may increase the frequency of kidney stones.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Other serious risks include increased eye pressure (glaucoma), decreased sweating, increased body temperature, kidney stones, sleepiness, dizziness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Tell your doctor immediately if you have blurred vision or eye pain.
Patients taking estrogen-containing contraceptives should be asked to report any change in their bleeding patterns. Contraceptive efficacy can be decreased even in the absence of breakthrough bleeding.
Do not take this drug if you are pregnant. ( Only take if the mother's or baby's life is endangered )
Do not take this drug if planning to become pregnant. Do not take if you are breast-feeding.
Do not give this drug to anyone under the age of two years. Only use drug in small doses at first if over sixty and with close monitoring.
Do not use if: You had negative reactions to this drug in the past.
Inform your Doctor if: You had negative reactions to this drug in the past.
Topamax ( Symptoms or Effects )
Common: Anxiety, depression, sedation, speech problems, double vision, abnormalities in vision, decreased appetite, impaired cognition, memory impairment, dizziness, impaired muscular coordination, tingling in the extremities, an unsteady gait, nausea, respiratory infections, or weight loss.
Rare: Weight gain.
See physician always: Anxiety, depression, sedation, speech problems, double vision, abnormalities in vision, decreased appetite, impaired cognition, memory impairment, dizziness, impaired muscular coordination, tingling in the extremities, an unsteady gait, nausea, respiratory infections, weight gain, or weight loss.
See physician if severe:
See physician NOW:
Stop taking and see physician NOW: