Topamax® (topiramate) is a medication used to treat several conditions that affect the nervous system, such as migraines and epilepsy. Specifically, this prescription drug is approved for preventing migraines and for treating epileptic seizures (either used alone or in combination with other seizure medications).
However, because this medication is not suitable for everyone, make sure to review the prescribing information on Topamax before starting treatment.
For example, you may not be able to take Topamax if you have certain medical conditions, such as glaucoma, kidney stones, or severe diarrhea. Also, you may not be able to safely use it if you are currently taking certain medications, including some vitamins, herbal supplements, and nonprescription medications.
Although most people do not experience problems with this medication, Topamax can cause side effects. Some of the most commonly reported problems include dizziness, drowsiness, and nervousness. This drug comes in the form of tablets or "sprinkle" capsules. It is taken by mouth, usually twice a day.
(Click Topamax for a more in-depth look at important information on Topamax, a medication used for treating and preventing various conditions, such as migraines and seizures. This article discusses how this medicine works, lists possible side effects, and offers some general tips on when and how to take it.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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