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Re: [IP] Topamax&DM

 --- On Mon 08/18, Becca S < email @ redacted > wrote:

 From: Becca S [mailto: email @ redacted]To: email @ redacted: Mon,
18 Aug 2003 07:49:45 -0700Subject: Re: [IP] Topamax&DMwell from my stand
point, I used to take Topamax (Topiramate) for seizureswhich it has FDA approval
for. One of the side effects is Anorexia Nervosa anddecreased appitite. But to
take it for a purpose of loosing weight, I wouldlist all the pros and cons of
the medication, because there are some NASTYside effects of this medication
(hence why I am no longer taking it for myseizures)..Becca
 As listed by the drug database at the http://www.mayoclinic.com/index.cfm I
could not copy the listing from www.topamax.com itself since it is a pdf file
but you can go compare. Liz


Side Effects of This Medicine 
 Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects.
Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need
medical attention. Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the
following side effects occur:
 More common: Any vision problems, especially blurred vision, double vision, eye
pain or rapidly decreasing vision; burning, prickling, or tingling sensations;
clumsiness or unsteadiness; confusion; continuous, uncontrolled back-and-forth
or rolling eye movements; dizziness; drowsiness; eye redness; generalized
slowing of mental and physical activity; increased eye pressure; memory
problems; menstrual changes; menstrual pain; nervousness; speech or language
problems; trouble in concentrating or paying attention; unusual tiredness or
 Less common : Abdominal pain; fever, chills, or sore throat; lessening of
sensations or perception; loss of appetite; mood or mental changes, including
aggression, agitation, apathy, irritability, and mental depression; red,
irritated, or bleeding gums; weight loss
 Rare : Blood in urine; decrease in sexual performance or desire; difficult or
painful urination; eye pain; frequent urination; hearing loss; itching; loss of
bladder control; lower back or side pain; nosebleeds; pale skin; red or
irritated eyes; ringing or buzzing in ears; skin rash; swelling; troubled
 Other side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These
side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine.
However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or
are bothersome:
More common: Breast pain in women; nausea; tremors 
 Less common: Back pain; chest pain; constipation; heartburn; hot flushes;
increased sweating; leg pain
Topiramate may cause a change in your sense of taste. 
 Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you
notice any other effects, check with your doctor.
 Incidence not determined-- -- Observed during clinical practice; estimates of
frequency cannot be determined : abdominal or stomach pain; bloating;
clay-colored stools; confusion; constipation; fatigue; fever; increased rate of
breathing; yellow eyes or skin; muscle pain

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