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Topamax Summary
Topamax is an oral drug which is used for treatment of some types of epilepsy. It can also be used to treat Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in kids clients. Generic Topamax is sometimes also recommended for migraines treatment. There have been some examinations into whether Topamax might be recommended as a mood stabilizer and many psychiatrists think it to be effective here.

Ways of Action
Topamax is called an anticonvulsant or antiepileptic medicine although its exact mechanism of action is still should be described. Topamax includes four properties which make it both a also antimigraine and anticonvulsant drug: augmentation of GABA activity, clog of the sodium channels, inhibitory result on carbonic anhydrase enzyme and antagonism of the AMPA/kainite subtype.

Ways to take it
Take Topamax precisely as recommended. Follow the medical professional's instructions. If your doctor changes the routine, do as they inform you. Do not take Generic Topamax in dosages that are various than the advised. Topamax should be taken with or without food. Consume a great deal of liquids when using Topamax. If you need surgical treatment, notify the medical professional of your Generic Topamax treatment. Do not terminate the use of Generic Topamax without consulting with the doctor.

Dose
Dosage is based on your medical condition and action to treatment. For children, the dosage is also based on weight. Your physician will gradually increase your dosage to decrease your risk of adverse effects. For some conditions, you may begin treatment with Topamax daily at bedtime and slowly increase your dosage to twice a day. Topamax might take few weeks or months to reach the very best dose for you and to get the complete benefit from Topamax.

Using during Pregnancy

Throughout pregnancy, Topamax should be utilized just when plainly required. It may hurt an unborn child. Discuss using dependable kinds of birth control with your doctor. If you are preparing pregnancy, become pregnant, or think you might be pregnant, right away talk to your doctor about the benefits and dangers of using Topamax throughout pregnancy. If you are taking Topamax to treat seizures, keep in mind that unattended seizures are a severe condition that can damage both a pregnant lady and her coming infant, so do not stop taking Topamax unless instructed by your medical professional.
Topamax enters breast milk and may have unwanted impacts on a nursing baby. Consult your physician prior to breast-feeding

Topamax Purchase
Before you make up your mind to purchase Topamax, you must discuss this with a physician. Any self-medication combined with improper medication can hurt you significantly.

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Uses

Generic Topamax (topiramate) is an anticonvulsant, i.e. it can be used alone or along with other medications to fight seizures in children and adults. In addition, it can be used for prevention of migraines and to reduce the number of migraine attacks. However, it will not cure an attack that has already started.

How to take

Generic Topamax should be taken according to your doctor’s instructions and directions on the prescription label. Do not change the dosage or period of use without prior medical consult.

Generic Topamax should be swallowed without chewing or crashing, during meals or otherwise.

Side effects

If you experience any symptoms associated with allergies such as difficulty breathing, hives, swollen tongue etc., stop using the medication and seek urgent medical help. Also report mood changes, anxiety, panic attacks or insomnia.

Contact a medical specialist immediately if you experience any of the following: sigh problems, pain in the eye area or behind the eyes; dry mouth, thirst, sleepiness, reduced perspiration, fever and hot skin; impeded thinking, mental confusion, concentration problems, speech or balance problems; vomiting, lack of appetite, fatigue, uneven heartbeat, feeling close to fainting; acute side or lower back pain; painful urination.

Common side effects of taking Generic Topamax include: mild dizziness, nervousness, numbness, tingly sensation, weight loss, diarrhea, and common cold symptoms.

Note that this list of side effects is not complete.

Precautions

As Generic Topamax may slow down your thinking or reactions as well as cause blurred vision, use extra caution while driving or taking up any other activity that requires utmost concentration after taking Generic Topamax. Do not combine the medication with alcohol as it may increase the probability of side effects and increase the risk of seizure.

Avoid ketogenic diets that are high in fat and low in carbohydrates, as it may increase the risk of kidney stones.

Drug interactions

Notify your doctor of all other medications you are taking, especially: lithium (Eskalith, LithoBid); hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, HydroDiuril, Hyzaar, Lopressor, Vasoretic, Zestoretic); metformin (Glucophage, Actoplus Met, Avandamet, Fortamet, Janumet, PrandiMet, Riomet); atropine (Atreza, Sal-Tropine), belladonna (Donnatal, etc.), benztropine (Cogentin), dimenhydrinate (Dramamine), methscopolamine (Pamine), or scopolamine (Transderm-Scop); bronchodilators such as ipratropium (Atrovent) or tiotropium (Spiriva); bladder or urinary medications such as darifenacin (Enablex), solifenacin (Vesicare), etc.; glaucoma medications such as acetazolamide (Diamox) or methazolamide (Neptazane); other seizure medications such as carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Equetro, Tegretol), lamotrigine (Lamictal), phenytoin (Dilantin), valproic acid (Depakote, Depakene), or zonisamide (Zonegran).

Use extra caution when combining Generic Topamax with cold or allergy medications, sedatives, painkillers, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers and antidepressants, as they may increase the sleepy effect of Generic Topamax.

Other medications may interact with Generic Topamax as well.

Missed dose

If you have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you have missed.

Storage

Generic Topamax should be stored between 59°F and 86°F (15°C and 30°C) away from light and moisture, out of reach of children and pets.