Topiramate is used to treat and prevent seizures. It is also sometimes used for other conditions, such as preventing migraine headaches.
Take topiramate regularly as directed with a glass of water.
If you have trouble swallowing the capsules, you can open them and sprinkle the contents onto soft food. Swallow straight away without chewing.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible and continue as directed.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with topiramate including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. ginkgo) or recreational drugs (e.g. ecstasy).
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Blurred vision, eye pain
Symptoms of liver problems including: yellow skin or eyes, itching, dark urine, pale bowel motions, abdominal pain
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Short of breath
Confusion, loss of co-ordination/walking or handwriting problems, memory problems, mood changes, nervousness, trouble concentrating
Tingling or numbness, tremor
Lower back pain, pink/red/brown pee (may be a kidney stone)
|Tell your doctor|
Dizziness, drowsiness, headache
Hair loss or thinning, flushing
Joint, muscle or bone aches and pains, tiredness or weakness
Enlarged, tender or bleeding gums, dry mouth or throat, drooling, changes in taste, loss of appetite, weight loss
Stomach upset, constipation
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. January 2018
For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed