Topamax (Topiramate) is a neuronal stabilizing agent, also known as an anticonvulsant medication. It affects several chemicals in the brain that help to reduce seizure activity and prevent migraine headaches from occurring.
Topamax may also be marketed as:
Epitomax, Tipiramate, Tipiramato, Topamac, Topiramate.
*Topamax® is a registered trademark of Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals.
Generic Topamax (topiramate) is a seizure medication, also called an anticonvulsant. Generic Topamax is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat seizures in adults and children. Generic Topamax is also used to prevent migraine headaches in adults. It will only prevent migraine headaches or reduce the number of attacks. It will not treat a headache that has already begun.
Take Generic Topamax exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Generic Topamax can be taken with or without food. The Topamax tablet should be swallowed whole.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Generic Topamax: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious Generic Topamax side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.
Generic Topamax may cause blurred vision or impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly. Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase certain side effects of Generic Topamax, and can also increase your risk of a seizure.
Ketogenic or "ketosis" diets that are high in fat and low in carbohydrates can increase the risk of kidney stones. Avoid the use of such diets while you are taking Topamax.
Cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for depression or anxiety can add to sleepiness caused by Generic Topamax.
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Topamax.
If you miss a dose of Generic Topamax, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Store Generic Topamax at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, light, and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Topiramate out of the reach of children and away from pets.