Generic Name: Topamax
What is Topamax?
Rare side effects are: Sexual problems, painful urination, eye pain, hearing loss, itching, loss of bladder control, nosebleeds, pale skin, red or irritated eyes, ringing or buzzing in ears, blisters, allergy skin rash, swelling, troubled breathingyellow eyes or skin, easy bruising. This patient was a 65 year-old man on only 25 mg of Topamax a day for headaches.
It took us over 8 hours just to get the eye pressure under 50 which is still about 3 times normal. Topamax, when it causes this extreme side effects, will almost universally affect both eyes. What is the indicence.
I don't think anyone knows but I'll just throw it out there. If I make a very gross estimate that there might be 2000 people in my city taking Topamax and I, personally have seen 2 attacks in one year, then that would put the risk at about 1 in 1000.
Please understand that I have no scientific evidence to base this rate on and that this is purely my very rough estimate from my experience only.
Taking TOPAMAX How to take itFollow your doctor's instructions about when and how to take TOPAMAX. AdultsEpilepsy - Treatment starts at a low dose of 25 mg to 50 mg per day.
Migraine - Treatment starts at a low dose of 25 mg nightly for one week. Children 2 years and over - epilepsy onlyTreatment starts at 25 mg or less per day, depending on the body weight.
If you forget to take itTake your dose as soon as you remember, and then continue to take it as you would normally. Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you missed.
Poisons Information Centre telephone numbers: Australia: 13 11 26 New Zealand: 0800 POISON or 0800 764 766Keep these numbers handy in case of an emergency. If you take too much TOPAMAX, you may experience headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, convulsions, speech disturbances, double or blurred vision, difficulty with thinking, abnormal coordination, stomach pain, depression, agitation, faster breathing or you may lose consciousness.
While you are taking TOPAMAX Things you must doDrink plenty of water. Always follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while taking TOPAMAX. Things you must not doDo not suddenly stop taking TOPAMAX without checking with your doctor. Do not use TOPAMAX to treat any other complaint unless your doctor says so. Do not give this medicine to anyone else to use.
Things to be careful of Effects on driving and operating machineryTOPAMAX may cause drowsiness, dizziness or other symptoms which could affect your ability to drive or operate machinery.
How should I take Topamax?
Topamax was also approved for use in the prevention of migraine headaches, but not to treat the pain associated with migraines. Taking Topamax topiramate drug during pregnancy raises the risk of oral cleft birth defects, such as cleft lip and cleft palate. Mothers who took the drug during the first trimester had children born with clefts or other oral birth defects. Some children were born with other defects like hypospadias a malformation of the urethra in boysor other major congenital malformations.
When prescribing Topamax to women of childbearing age, physicians carefully must consider and discuss the benefits and risks of Topamax with their patients.
What should I avoid while taking Topamax?
Fortunately for you it sounds like it may have been due to a side effect of the Topamax and not anatomically narrow angles that you were born with. During a MRI of optic nerve they found an anyursymm and he had to have brain surgery once they got in they found another that went undected in MRI at "EMORY ". Signed a broken hearted mom by VHouston, Feb 10, 2015 Can we still ask questions about this blog as this was started in 2010.
Over the last few weeks I've been having severe nausea. Now I have lost my health insurance and I don't know if I should just stop this topamax cold turkey or wean off of it.
Thanks so much any suggestions would help. I have been taking it 5 days at bedtime. Can this symptom come on after awhile taking this lowest dosage.
Topamax side effects
Topamax has been prescribed to manage mood disorders in early recovery and also has been shown to be an aid to help people manage cravings so that they can stop drinking. Topamax is the brand name for the drug Topiramate. Topamax is an anticonvulsant medication that is also prescribed to people with mood disorders, PTSD, and eating disorders. Our consulting psychiatrists know when it is safe and advisable to prescribe Topamax and we monitor our clients closely throughout each day to ensure they are responding positively to psychiatric medication such as Topamax.
Topamax is usually initially prescribed at an initial dose of 12. When prescribed in addition to other anticonvulsants being used as mood stabilizers, the final dose is often between 100 and 200 mg per day.
Common Topamax ide effects may include:
If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
The potential for serious side effects in nursing infants is unknown.
JCH MD by whitneyc, May 04, 2010 I am considering trying Topamax for migraines I have around 4-5 a month, which are debilitating.
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Where can I get more information?
As stated above, the only approved use to date is the treatment of convulsions.
Signed a broken hearted mom by VHouston, Feb 10, 2015 Can we still ask questions about this blog as this was started in 2010.