What is Topamax?
Topamax (topiramate) was originally FDA-approved as a seizure medicine, also called an anticonvulsant. Topiramate is used to treat seizures in adults and children who are at least 2 years old.
What should be told to healthcare provider before taking Topamax?
Before taking Topamax, tell the healthcare provider about all the medical conditions like have or have had depression, mood problems, or suicidal thoughts or behavior, have kidney problems, have kidney stones, or are getting kidney dialysis, have a history of metabolic acidosis, have liver problems, have weak, brittle, or soft bones, have lung or breathing problems, have eye problems.
What should be avoided while taking Topamax?
Do not drink alcohol while taking Topamax. Topamax and alcohol can affect each other, causing side effects such as sleepiness and dizziness. Do not drive a car or operate heavy machinery until know how Topamax affects. Topamax can slow thinking and motor skills, and may affect vision.
How should I take Topamax?
Take Topamax max exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Follow all directions on the prescription label. The doctor may occasionally change the dose. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Topamax can be taken with or without food. Do not crush, chew, or break a Topamax tablet. Swallow the tablet whole.
What other drugs will affect Topamax?
Taking Topamax with other drugs that leads to sleepiness can worsen this effect. Ask the doctor before taking a sleeping pill, opioid pain medication, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety or depression.