Topamax is classified as an anticonvulsant. Containing Topiramate as an active ingredient, the medicine can prevent seizures and related conditions fast and effectively. The drug is recommended for patients over 2 years old. Generally, Topamax is prescribed to people to prevent the signs of migraine headache in adults and children over 12 years old. Even though the medicine cannot treat the already begun headache, it can considerably decrease the number or attacks and severity of the episode. Contact your doctor to learn about other purposes of Topamax use.
How to Administer Topamax Safely and Effectively
Never start the medicine course unless your doctor advises you to. Make sure you have got an individual prescription and related recommendations for use. Administer the drug strictly following the directions of your healthcare specialist. Otherwise, you risk experiencing unwanted reactions and bothersome adverse reactions. Do not use the treatment in higher or lower doses. Report abnormalities to your doctor, since he/she can occasionally change the adjustments for better effect.
Topamax can be taken with or without food. Swallow the tablet without breaking, chewing or crushing it. The treatment is available in the form of tablets and capsules, so you need to follow the intake instructions. Frequent blood tests may be required during the course. Advanced seizures and similar withdrawal reactions can appear if you stop Topamax intake suddenly.
Issues to Know before Therapy
Inform the doctor about all the disorders, illnesses and health abnormalities you have to prevent potential side effects. Do not start the therapy if you are sensitive to Topiramate or other ingredients of the drug. Special dose adjustment may be required for patients with any of the following health conditions:
Brittle or soft bones;
Growth disorders and others.
Topamax can decrease the effectiveness of your birth control pills, so make sure you have got an effective alternative. The medicine is not approved for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Topamax and Other Drugs
To eliminate the risk of dangerous side effects related to Topamax interaction with other pharmaceuticals, you need to warn your medical specialist about all the prescription and OTC drugs, herbal supplements, vitamins and minerals you are currently using, with ultimate concern to:
Other seizure drugs;
Birth control tablets;
Misuse Reactions and Dangerous Outcomes
Seek emergency medical assistance if you have noticed breathing issues, hives, swelling or other signs of allergic reactions following Topamax use. Additionally, contact your doctor immediately in case other abnormalities started bothering you, including:
Symptoms of abnormal acid level in the blood;
Signs of dehydration;
Memory problems, confusion, concentration disorders and others.