The prescription drug Topamax® (topiramate) is commonly used for the treatment of epilepsy and the prevention of migraines. It is an oral medication that comes in the form of "sprinkle" capsules and tablets. Topamax tablets are available in four strengths, including:
This medicine is typically taken twice a day, with or without food. Both the capsule and tablet form of Topamax should be stored in an airtight container. In order to maintain an even level in your system, it is important that you take your dosage at the same times each day.
(For more information on when and how to take Topamax tablets, click Topamax. This article also provides information on how this medicine works, what side effects may occur, and what you should discuss with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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