Topamax, also known by its generic name topiramate, is an anticonvulsant and antiepileptic medication which is used to prevent and control seizures. Topiramate has also been found effective in preventing migraines and decreasing how often patients experience them.
Some common side effects of Topamax use are 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. If any of these side effects get worse or last a long time, talk to your doctor.
Even though the likelihood is low, some patients do experience serious side effects while taking topiramate. These serious side effects include signs of kidney stones, fever, chills, painful or frequent urination, bloody or pink urine, rapid breathing, bone pain, broken bones, loss of consciousness, unusual bleeding depression, suicidal thoughts or other mood problems. Tell your doctor immediately if you begin to show any signs of these serious Topamax side effects.
Never stop taking topiramate cold turkey. Set up a meeting with your doctor to gradually lower your Topamax dose if you are interested in discontinuing your topiramate treatment. Lowering your Topamax over time will help you avoid enhanced, unwanted topiramate withdrawal symptoms. This will also help you safely detox from topiramate. A safe detox is an important step to living a happy, Topamax-free life.
Common Topamax withdrawal symptoms include anger, anxiety, appetite changes, trouble concentrating, confusion, dehydration, depersonalization, depression, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, migraines, insomnia, irritability, mood swings, muscle pain, nausea, panic attacks, seizures, shaking, sweating, thought changes, vision changes and weight gain. Not everyone will experience these topiramate withdrawal symptoms, but it is important to be aware of all potential Topamax withdrawal symptoms so you can identify them in during the topiramate detoxification process.
It may take a few days up to a few weeks for Topamax withdrawal symptoms to subside, as every patient’s unique physiology contributes to their own personal topiramate withdrawal timeline. Several factors including your age, metabolism, organ functions, Topamax dose and topiramate usage frequency will affect how quickly Topamax can be removed from your system.
If you are having difficulties managing topiramate withdrawal symptoms, it is recommended you enter a medically assisted detoxification program. Here, you can have access to medical staff while your body detoxes from Topamax and learn skills on how to handle your unique topiramate withdrawal symptoms properly.
Make sure you keep a list of all your current medications, including herbal products and over the counter drugs, and share this with your doctor. This is important because Topamax can interact with certain medications, and other medications can affect how topiramate works in your body.
Orlistat specifically may interact with your Topamax treatment. In addition, topiramate has the potential to decrease the effectiveness of certain types of hormonal birth control like pills, patches and rings. Talk to your doctor about other birth control options while you are taking Topamax. Be sure to mention any spotting or breakthrough bleeding you experience while on topiramate, as this may indicate your birth control is not working.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following drugs or medications that have the potential to cause drowsiness: alcohol, cannabis, antihistamines, sleeping medications, anxiety medications, muscle relaxants and narcotic pain relievers.
Choosing the right Topamax center to fit your unique needs is an important step in your journey to recovery. Talk with your doctor about how long you have taken Topamax as well as your topiramate dosages, as these factors may affect what kind of center is right for you.
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