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Topamax Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Topamax is an antiepileptic drug and it is used to control both the mild attacks known as partial seizures and the severe tonic-clonic convulsions known as grand mal seizures. It is also used for the prevention of migraine headaches.

Topamax Dosage

  • For the treatment of Seizures, the total daily dose is 200 milligrams twice a day.
  • For Prevention of Migraine Headaches, the total daily dose is 100 milligrams a day, taken in two divided doses.

Uses of Topamax

  • It is used to control both the mild attacks.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Topamax

Before taken Topamax medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Topamax. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Back pain
  • Chest pain
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Indigestion
  • Language problems

Warnings and precautions before taking Topamax:

  • After taken this medicine, then you may feel dizzy, or drowsiness. So you should not participate in any activities that require alertness such as driving and operate machinery.
  • If you develop blurred vision or eye pain, then you should call your doctor immediately. Discontinuation of the drug may be necessary to prevent permanent vision loss.
  • You should contact your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms of metabolic acidosis such as rapid breathing, an irregular heartbeat, confusion, lethargy, fatigue, or loss of appetite. Your doctor will decide if you should discontinue taking Topamax.
  • You should not abruptly stop taking Topamax. Your doctor will gradually taper the dosage to avoid an increase in seizures.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Topamax with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Topamax with the following:

  • Acetazolamide (Diamox)
  • Carbamazepine (Tegretol)
  • Digoxin (Lanoxin)
  • Metformin (Glucophage)
  • Phenytoin (Dilantin)
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Valproic acid (Depakene)

After taken Topamax if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Topamax overdose include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Convulsions
  • Depression
  • Impaired coordination
  • Low blood pressure
  • Reduced consciousness
  • Severe diarrhea

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