Topamax (topiramate)

Topamax (topiramate)

Topamax (topiramate)

Topamax is used alone or in combination with other drugs to treat different types of seizures. On occasion, it is used to treat headaches and mood disorders associated with alcohol withdrawal.

What is Topamax?

Topamax is an anti-epilepsy or anticonvulsant class of drug that can be prescribed as an adjunct, along with sedatives for the prevention of seizures associated with alcohol detox and withdrawal. It has also been shown to decrease alcohol cravings and can be used as a part of an alcohol relapse prevention program.

Uses of Topamax

Topamax an anticonvulsant medication used to help treat alcoholism. Topamax has been found to help reduce alcohol relapses by acting as an alcohol anti-craving medication. increasing the length of abstinence. It is not to be used without medical or substance abuse treatment nor is it meant to be used before a person has fully detoxed and achieved abstinence.

Topamax is also used as a mood stabilizer for those with bipolar disorder. Topamax has been used in drug rehab centers to treat those with dual diagnosis such as bipolar disorder and drug addiction. It has been shown to be successful in treating migraine headaches and as a seizure preventer in those with seizure disorder. It is sometimes prescribed in drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers as an anti-seizure medication for those going through alcohol withdrawal and are already prone to seizures.

Common Side Effects of Topamax

  • Fatigue
  • Nervousness
  • Poor concentration
  • Confusion
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety or mood problems
  • Weight loss
  • Tremors
  • Speech difficulties

People who suffer from kidney problems are at greater risk of developing kidney stones and other metabolic acidosis conditions when taking Topamax or other anticonvulsants.

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