What is Topamax?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Topiramate

Topamax®, a brand name for topiramate, is an anti-convulsant and is used with other medications to treat certain types of seizures in patients with epilepsy or Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. It is also used to prevent migraine or cluster headaches.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Migraine headaches 720 259
Epilepsy 288 155
Headaches 115 54
Fibromyalgia 82 58
Pain 54 16
Bipolar disorder 52 28

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 124
Moderate 185
Mild 160
None 203

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Topamax

Side effect Patients
Weight loss 57
Hands tingling 40
Feet tingling 38
Brain fog 34
Decreased appetite 26
Word fishing 24

Show all 272 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Topamax

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 37
50 mg twice daily 22
100 mg twice daily 20
25 mg twice daily 18
200 mg twice daily 12
200 mg daily 11
25 mg daily 10
50 mg daily 9
150 mg daily 7
300 mg daily 7

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Why patients stopped taking Topamax

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 230
Did not seem to work 138
Doctor's advice 110
Other 55
Expense 25
Personal research 18
Course of treatment ended 17
Change in health plan coverage 7
See all 427 patients who've stopped taking Topamax

Duration

Currently taking Topamax

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 51
5 - 10 years 63
10 years or more 42

Stopped taking Topamax

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 70
1 - 6 months 118
6 months - 1 year 64
1 - 2 years 52
2 - 5 years 78
5 - 10 years 36
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 575
Usually 64
Sometimes 14
Never taken as prescribed 19
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 28
Somewhat hard to take 53
A little hard to take 87
Not at all hard to take 504
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 12
$100-199 6
$50-99 19
$25-49 59
< $25 307
Not specified 269

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Topamax after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 7
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 6
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 5
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 4
Propranolol (Inderal) 4

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Topamax and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 11
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 6
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 5
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 4
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 4

Show all 36 treatments patients report switching to

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74 patient evaluations for Topamax

Sep 19, 2017 (Started Jul 09, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 1, 2015 (Started Jul 09, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 29, 2010 (Started Jul 09, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: 1. I feel groggy for about 12+ hours after taking this medication. I usually have to resort to taking Caffeine pills as a small "pick-me-up". 2. No unexpected benefits 3. Too sleepy to function to full capability.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 4, 2017 (Started May 26, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for moodiness)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth, feeling hot)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: No weight gain so far
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 9, 2017 (Started Feb 18, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Feb 18, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily

  • 1 helpful mark
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