The Anticonvulsant Medication
Topamax is used to combat epilepsy in both adults and children and it has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to arrest migraine headaches too. It’s important to understand that Topamax will not cure a headache that is in progress. This pharmacuetical has been researched for use in treatment of naturopathic pain, in the potential use for smoking cessation, Lennux-Gastaut syndrome, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, obesity and infantile spasm.
At this time it’s the only “modern” anticonvulsant approved by the FDA that can be taken alone [no other drugs needed] to treat tonic-clonic complex partial seziures and simple partial seizures. By “modern” we mean “approved after 1995” You’re more prone to lose weight than put it on (The best med on the market for temporal lobe dysfunctions. It really helps with the sensory integration problems in autism.
Clinical trials have shown that people having 60 or more seizures per month, about 40% adults with partial onset seizures taking 400-600mg of Topamax (topiramate) a day, along with another anticonvulsant, will experience a 50% or better reduction in their seizures.
TOPAMAX has lower potential for interaction with most other medicines
Has minimal interference with hormonal contraceptives, such as the pill
TOPAMAX can be taken with or without food
Offers treatment support
Refrain from using if you have:
asthma, emphysema, bronchitis,
kidney or liver disease, a history of kidney stones,
glaucoma, or if you have undergone any recent surgery.
The safety of Topamax has not been verified in pregnant women and the drug is advised for use during pregnancy only if your doctor recommends you do so. It is unknown if it affects the nursing baby, but the drug can pass in to breast milk.
TOPAMAX is not associated with drug-induced weight gain
To avoid early side effects, the first dose of Topamax is needed to be low and increased in gradual steps – in the region of 25 to 50 mg daily in two single doses. Take medication as prescribed to avoid the potential for overdose. Some of Topamax overdose symptoms may include:
troubled thinking, loss of coordination, speech problems
fainting, convulsion, coma
Pounding or irregular heartbeat. bone pain
inability to respond to things around you
upset stomach, stomach pain, vomiting
TOPAMAX has been available worldwide since 1995. Since that time, more than 4 million patients have been treated with TOPAMAX.
Proven safety profile
Has helped millions of people
Works well with other antiepileptic drugs
Also Used For Migrain Headache
Unlike medicine you take when you feel migraine headache pain coming on, TOPAMAX is a daily medication that helps keep migraines from starting in the first place so you can get fewer of them to think about.
Like many other migraine preventive medications, TOPAMAX was initially studied for another medical condition and was then approved in 2004 for use in reducing migraine frequency. Today, it is the #1 prescribed brand for migraine prevention in the U.S.44. IMS data. March 2006.
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