Topamax is generically known as topiramate. It is a seizure drug, which is also known as an anticonvulsant. Topamax is utilized for the treatment of seizures in children who are of minimum 2 years of age and adults.
This drug is also utilized for the prevention of headaches due to migraine in kids who are above 12 years of age and adults. This drug helps only in the prevention of migraine headaches or reduction of the number of migraine attacks. A headache which has begun already cannot be treated with the help of this drug.
How to Use
Consume Topamax in the exactly same manner prescribed by your specialist. All the directions on your medical label must be followed. Your dosage may be altered occasionally by your doctor. This medicine shouldn’t be consumed in larger/smaller quantities or for a time longer than prescribed.
It doesn’t matter if this medicine is consumed with/without food. But keep in mind that the tablet should not be crushed, broken or chewed. The tablet has to be swallowed as a whole.
Follow the dosage instructions which are provided for your medicine carefully.
Inform your doctor right away if you have:
- vision problems,
- eye pain
- sudden vision loss
- slowed thinking,
- problems with speech;
- Memory problems,
- Dehydration symptoms
- Symptoms of a kidney stone
- High levels of acid in your blood
- symptoms of high level of ammonia in your blood
Some of the common side effects of topamax may include:
- flushing (warmth/tingly feeling);
- mood problems,
- tired feeling;
- problems with vision;
- memory problems;
- feeling nervous,
- slow reactions,
- Stomach pain,
- loss of appetite,
- weight loss;
Avoid the use of Topamax if you show any hypersensitivity to topamax.
To ensure that you can safely use Topamax inform your doctor if you observe:
- kidney disease,
- a history of kidney stones,
- History of metabolic acidosis;
- if you are on dialysis;
- a history of mood swings
- severe breathing issues;
- liver disease;
- suicidal thoughts/actions;
- if you consume lithium; or
- a growth disorder;
- if you are ill because of diarrhea.
Pregnancy and Topamax
It is strictly not recommended to either not start/stop the consumption of Topamax if you are pregnant until your doctor asks you to do that. Consuming topamax during pregnancy period may enhance the risk of less weight of the baby born and cleft palate/lip in the newborn.
The birth control drugs may become less effective during the intake of topamax. Always prefer a birth control of barrier form (like a condom/diaphragm along with spermicide) for the prevention of pregnancy during the intake Topamax.
There are chances in which this drug can pass into maternal milk, but it’s symptoms on the infant are not certain. Inform your doctor if you breast feed.
Topamax drug is effective for treating some kinds of seizures in children. It is also good for preventing migraine headache in adults.
You can take Topamax with or without meal as per your doctor’s direction. The drug should be swallowed and not crushed or broken. While taking Topamax, one has to drink plenty of fluids to prevent kidney stones. You should not stop Topomax suddenly.
If a dosage is missed, you can take it as soon as you remember it. And if it is nearly time for the next dosage, it is better to skip the missed one and continue with the regular dosage. Well, do not take two dosages.
The drug can cause dizziness, confusion, drowsiness and blurred vision. This can worsen if the drug is taken with other medicines or with alcohol. Be cautious when driving and only drive if you are confident. And you have to go to the doctor if the symptoms worsen.
Topamax (Topiramate tablet) is an effective drug prescribed for the treatment of certain kinds of seizures in children. The drug is also good for preventing migraine headache in adults.
The drug can be taken with food or in empty stomach according to the doctor's prescription. The drug should have to be swallowed and not to be crushed, chewed or broken. It is advised to drink lots of fluid while taking Topamax to prevent kidney stones.
When taking Topamx, do not stop the medication in the middle of a course after you get some relief of the seizures. If the drug is stopped in the middle, there are chances of the seizures to come back.
You should not miss any dosage of Topamax and take it at the right time for good results. In case, you forget your dosage, take it as soon as you remember it. However, you can skip the missed one if it is almost time for your regular dosage. Do no mix two doses.
Before your doctor prescribes Topamax, tell him about all your medical conditions. Inform him if you have any allergies to any particular medicine, food or any substance. It is better to tell your doctor if you have kidney, liver and heart disease; kidney stones; glaucoma and asthma.
Topamax can cause drowsiness, confusion and dizziness. These can worsen if the drug is mixed with other medicines and also with alcohol. You have to be very cautious while driving or performing any hard task after taking Topamax.