Topamax and Weight

Topamax is an anticonvulsant medication approved for use in 1996 to treat epilepsy and other disorders that cause seizures and convulsions. It is also an effective treatment for migraine headaches.

One of the side effects of Topamax is a markedly decreased appetite. For this reason, there is a great deal of interest in taking Topamax as a part of a weight-loss program. Unfortunately, the decreased appetite is only one of many side effects this drug is known to cause and taking it for any reason is likely to trigger any and all of the known side effects and drug interactions associated with this medication.

The Topamax and weight loss connection has been studied in several clinical trials but the drug has failed to be approved as a weight loss aid. The weight reduction was not reliable or predictable enough to meet FDA standards and the side effects of this very powerful drug were too harsh for acceptance for this use.

Topamax is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor, meaning it alters the nerve impulses in the brain, thereby controlling nerve impulses that trigger seizures and migraine headaches. Side effects can be severe and life threatening. It is imperative to use this drug only as prescribed by a reputable physician.

Taking Topamax and weight loss programs that involve strenuous exercise can be very dangerous. Topamax can reduce the body’s ability to perspire, which could cause the body temperature to rise to dangerous levels. Anyone taking this drug who also experiences a decrease or absence of sweating at any time should drink plenty of fluids, stop physical activities, seek cool shelter, and get immediate emergency medical attention if body temperature rises above normal or if there are altered mental states, including mood changes, headache, dizziness, or disorientation.

Topamax and weight loss programs that involve a high-protein diet can lead to painful kidney stones, resulting in permanent kidney damage. Topamax increases the acidity in the blood, making kidney and liver issues problematic.

There are many serious side effects associated with Topamax. It should be taken only as prescribed for seizure and migraine control. There are many safer ways to achieve effective weight reduction.

Med-Help is for informational purposes and should not be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment recommendations.

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