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Topamax® (topiramate) is a prescription drug approved for treating epilepsy. It can also be used to prevent migraines. Before you start taking Topamax, risks associated with this medicine should be reviewed with your healthcare provider to help ensure a safe treatment process.
Although many people respond well to Topamax, this drug may not be suitable for everyone. People with certain existing medical conditions may not be able to safely take it. Therefore, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider before starting treatment if you have:
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, such as liver failure or cirrhosis
- Kidney stones
- Severe respiratory conditions
- Severe diarrhea.
There is also a risk of side effects with Topamax. Some of the most common problems that were reported with the medication during clinical studies included difficulty with concentration or attention, unusual sensations (such as burning or tingling), and drowsiness. In most cases, these reactions are mild and either do not require treatment or can be treated easily.
(Click Topamax Side Effects and Topamax Warnings and Precautions to learn more about the potential risks with Topamax, for information on who should not use this medication, and to find out if it is safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women.)