Problems With Topamax

Topamax® (topiramate) is a medication that is available by prescription to treat epilepsy and to prevent migraines. Most people appear to tolerate this medicine well. However, as with any drug, it is possible to develop certain problems while taking Topamax.
Some of the most common problems that were reported with Topamax during clinical studies included dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, and unusual sensations (such as burning or tingling). Most side effects of this drug are mild and, in most cases, either do not require treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
However, there are a number of more serious Topamax problems that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider. These include, but are not limited to:
  • Depression
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Hallucinations or paranoia
  • Fainting
  • Vision problems, especially associated with eye pain.
(Click Topamax Side Effects to learn about other potentially serious problems with Topamax and to find out what side effects have been commonly reported in children.)
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