Some general considerations for when and how to take Topamax include the following:
- The medication comes in tablets or "sprinkle" capsules. It is taken by mouth, usually twice a day.
- The sprinkle capsules can be opened and the contents sprinkled on a spoonful of soft food and swallowed (not chewed) immediately.
- You can take Topamax with or without food.
- The medication should be taken at the same times each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For Topamax to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.
The dose of Topamax your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Topamax Dosage for more information.)
As with any medicine, side effects can occur with Topamax. However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
- Unusual sensations, such as burning or tingling (paresthesias)
- Mental and physical slowing down or delays
- Upper respiratory infection (such as the common cold)
- Coordination problems
- Weight loss (see Topamax Weight Loss).
(Click Topamax Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)
You can also read about specific side effects in the following eMedTV articles: