TOPAMAX is very useful in preventing the seizures of epilepsy and by altering the production or action of the neurotransmitters, topamax may suppress the abnormal activity of the nerves in the brain that cause the seizures or may prevent the abnormal activity from spreading to other nerves. topamax may suppress the nerves directly (i.e., not by altering neurotransmitters) and make them less likely to fire.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
Please drink plenty of fluid with TOPAMAX in order to avoid kidney stone.
It is very important that you complete the dosage schedule and do not interrupt it in between without seeking prior consultation from your doctor.
Taking your medication at the same time each day is a tried and tested method to avoid missing any doses.
Drug Class and Mechanism
TOPAMAX falls under anti-epileptic or anti-seizure drug and by altering the production or action of the neurotransmitters, topamax may suppress the abnormal activity of the nerves in the brain that cause the seizures or may prevent the abnormal activity from spreading to other nerves. topamax may suppress the nerves directly (i.e., not by altering neurotransmitters) and make them less likely to fire.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store TOPAMAX at room temperature 59-86 degrees F(15-30 degrees C). Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
Doctors advise against using TOPAMAX if you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you are taking acetazolamide (Diamox), dorzolamide (Trusopt), methazolamide (Neptazane), dichlorphenamide (Daranide) as they may increase the risk of kidney stone.
Discuss your past/current medical history in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any herbal supplements or over the counter medication, including vitamin pills, then mention it to your doctor.
TOPAMAX may increase the risk of getting dizziness or drowsiness. This risk greatly increases if you combine it with alcoholic beverages. So please avoid them while using TOPAMAX. Also, avoid undertaking any tasks which require mental alertness (driving, handling heavy machinery etc).
Doctors may prescribe certain laboratory tests to determine how you have responded to treatment and to gauge the severity of the side effects of TOPAMAX. Please Keep all lab appointments and do not miss any tests.
Please inform your lab technician or surgeon that you are taking TOPAMAX before you undergo any emergency surgical procedure including dental operations.
TOPAMAX may increase the risk of unwanted pregnancy.
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child in the near future, then consult your doctor before using TOPAMAX to discuss any possible threats to the unborn baby.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using TOPAMAX as some drugs are excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include iredness, dizziness, coordination problems, speech problems, changes in vision or double vision, difficulty with memory, and sensory distortion.
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to severe side effects like myopia (nearsightedness), redness, decreased depth of the anterior chamber of the eye and elevated ocular pressure, with or without dilation of the pupils.
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.