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Topamax is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat epilepsy and migraines. Topamax is sometimes prescribed to treat depression. Since the FDA has not approved Topamax specifically for this usage, it is considered “off-label.” Topamax is also known by its drug name, Topiramate.

Topamax is an anticonvulsant. In cases of depression, Topamax works as a mood stabilizer. Topamax is believed to work by changing the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain.

How do I take it?
Topamax is generally taken twice daily.

Topamax comes in tablet and sprinkle capsule forms.

Side effects
The FDA-approved label for Topamax lists common side effects including dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, nervousness, vision and movement changes, trouble speaking, pins-and-needles sensation (paresthesia), and decreased appetite and weight.

Rare but serious side effects listed for Topamax include cognitive dysfunction, suicidal thinking and behavior, glaucoma and other vision problems, kidney stones, decreased sweating, and trouble controlling body temperature.

For more details about this treatment, visit:
Topamax – Janssen

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