What is Topiramate?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 1,199 493
Epilepsy 726 402
Headaches 185 88
Fibromyalgia 122 79
Cluster headaches 105 54
Pain 75 33

Show all 243 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
258
Moderate
361
Mild
287
None
388

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Topiramate

Side effect Patients
Weight loss 97
Memory problems 56
Brain fog 54
Hands tingling 53
Word fishing 52
Feet tingling 48

Show all 420 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Topiramate

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 72
50 mg twice daily 44
100 mg twice daily 44
25 mg twice daily 33
200 mg daily 33
50 mg daily 31
25 mg daily 27
200 mg twice daily 17
400 mg daily 15
150 mg daily 14

See all 42 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Topiramate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 404
Did not seem to work 269
Doctor's advice 220
Other 109
Expense 39
Personal research 34
Course of treatment ended 31
Change in health plan coverage 12
See all 768 patients who've stopped taking Topiramate

Duration

Currently taking Topiramate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 35
1 - 2 years 54
2 - 5 years 112
5 - 10 years 115
10 years or more 72

Stopped taking Topiramate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 140
1 - 6 months 206
6 months - 1 year 109
1 - 2 years 104
2 - 5 years 137
5 - 10 years 61
10 years or more 18
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1101
Usually 136
Sometimes 22
Never taken as prescribed 35
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 49
Somewhat hard to take 95
A little hard to take 182
Not at all hard to take 968
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 19
$100-199 12
$50-99 35
$25-49 105
< $25 599
Not specified 524

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Topiramate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 14
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 13
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 11
Propranolol (Inderal) 10
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 8

Show all 50 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Topiramate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 16
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 15
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 12
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 8
Zonisamide (Zonegran) 7

Show all 47 treatments patients report switching to

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115 patient evaluations for Topiramate

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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