Topamax is an anticonvulsant and antiepileptic drug which is used either alone or with other medications to prevent and control seizures. Also known by its generic name topiramate, Topamax can be used to prevent migraines and decrease their frequency.
Like taking any medication, undergoing Topamax treatment can produce certain side effects. Common side effects of topiramate include tiredness, drowsiness, dizziness, loss of coordination, tingling of the hands/feet, loss of appetite, bad taste in your mouth, diarrhea, weight loss, confusion, slowed thinking, trouble concentrating, nervousness, memory problems and speech problems. Contact your doctor if any of these side effects last an unusually long time or get worse.
Although many people do not experience serious side effects while taking Topamax, talk to your doctor if you experience signs of kidney stones, fever, chills, painful or frequent urination, bloody or pink urine, rapid breathing, bone pain, broken bones, loss of consciousness and unusual bleeding or bruising. Some people who take Topamax may experience depression, suicidal thoughts or other mood problems. Tell your doctor right away if you experience any of these symptoms.
In very rare cases, topiramate may cause a serious eye problem within one month of treatment. If this eye problem goes untreated, it can lead to permanent blindness, which is why it is important to get help right away if you experience sudden vision changes, eye pain or eye redness.
If you or someone you love develops an addiction to topiramate, certain signs may become apparent. These signs include losing interest in hobbies or activities you once enjoyed as well as becoming preoccupied or obsessed with finding and taking Topamax. Get help right away if you or someone you love show these topiramate addiction signs.
If you are interested in discontinuing your Topamax treatment, talk to your doctor about gradually lowering your topiramate dosage over time. This will help you avoid any unwanted or enhanced Topamax withdrawal symptoms. Topiramate should never be stopped cold turkey.
The Recovery Village has different rehabilitation programs to fit each individual patient’s unique needs. While at The Recovery Village, patients can safely detox from Topamax in a medically supervised environment. Then, patients will have the opportunity to enter an inpatient or outpatient topiramate rehab program. Regardless of which program they choose, patients will have the opportunity to participate in individual and group counseling while at The Recovery Village.
Inpatient Topamax rehab allows patients to live on campus at one of The Recovery Village’s designated inpatient centers while recovering from topiramate. This program is usually best for very serious cases of topiramate addiction and when the outside world may prove to be too distracting for patients to safely recover from Topamax.
While in the inpatient topiramate rehab program, patients can learn skills on how to face their individual Topamax addiction challenges.
After completing the inpatient Topamax rehab program, patients will then enter the outpatient topiramate rehab program. This program allows patients to live at home while attending scheduled treatment appointments at The Recovery Village. It is much easier for patients to participate in daily activities in the outpatient Topamax rehab program. If someone is experiencing less severe topiramate addiction, they may skip the inpatient Topamax rehab program and directly enter outpatient Topamax rehab.
In outpatient topiramate rehab, patients will learn how to cope with any co-occurring mental health or eating disorders they may be struggling to manage.
Finding the right Topamax rehab center is an important step in the journey to recovery. Set up a meeting with your doctor to discuss what you are looking for in a topiramate rehab center, as no two patients are exactly alike. Certain factors like how much Topamax you have been taking and for how long will influence what kind of rehabilitation center is right for you.
If you or someone you love is struggling with Topamax addiction or another substance use disorder, get help as soon as possible. The Recovery Village has a variety of resources available to anyone interested in learning about substance use disorder recovery.
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