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US brand name: Topamax
Generic name: topiramate

Topamax’s Pros and Cons

Pros

Currently the only modern AED approved by the FDA that you can take by itself to treat both generalized, flopping around tonic-clonic seizures as well as partial seizures. You’re more likely to lose weight than gain weight. Can (but doesn’t always) work for migraines at 25mg a day with barely any side effects after a few weeks. Can (but doesn’t always) work for seizures at 100mg a day.



Cons

The promise of losing weight is oversold and often leads to disappointment. Topamax can make you dumber than a box of rocks.

Interesting Stuff your Doctor Probably didn’t Tell You about Topamax

Topamax may encourage you to stop smoking, in that you may just not like to smoke after you start and withdrawal symptoms won’t be as bad. Topamax can mess with lithium levels in seemingly random ways, and taking it along with Depakote or any other valproate can cause hypothermia (excessively low body temperature) and/or hyperammonemia (elevated ammonia in your blood), so taking Topamax to lose medication-induced weight gain can get tricky.

Best Known for

Turning you into the stereotype of a supermodel: thin and stupid.




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Last modified on Wed, 04 May, 2016 at 16:18:15 by JerodPoorePage Author Date created Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 13:43:23
“Topamax (topiramate): Pros and Cons” by Jerod Poore is copyright © 2011 Jerod Poore Published online 2011/01/11

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