October 22, 2014
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Topamax

(topiramate)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02230894 TOPAMAX 100MG TABLET
02239907 TOPAMAX 15MG SPRINKLE CAPSULES
02230896 TOPAMAX 200MG TABLET
02239908 TOPAMAX 25MG SPRINKLE CAPSULES
02230893 TOPAMAX 25MG TABLET

How does Topamax work? What will it do for me?

Topiramate belongs to a group of medications that are used to treat epilepsy. It works by affecting chemicals in the brain that are involved in sending signals to nerves. Topiramate is a medication that is used to treat epilepsy and to prevent migraine headaches.

For epilepsy, topiramate can be used alone or in combination with other epilepsy medications. For migraine prevention, topiramate is used to treat adults who have 4 or more migraine headaches a month and who have not responded to, or cannot take, medications that treat an acute migraine attack.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Topamax?

When used alone for the treatment of epilepsy, the recommended starting dose of topiramate in adults and children 6 years of age and older is 25 mg daily, increasing to a usual dose of 100 mg daily in 2 divided doses. The maximum recommended dose is 400 mg daily.

When used in combination with other epilepsy medications, the recommended adult dose of topiramate starts at 25 mg to 50 mg daily, increasing to a usual dose of 200 mg to 400 mg daily in 2 divided doses. The maximum recommended dose is 800 mg daily. The recommended dose for children aged 2 to 16 years starts at 25 mg daily (or 1 mg to 3 mg per kilogram of body weight), increasing to a usual dose of 5 mg to 9 mg per kilogram per day in 2 divided doses.

For migraine prevention, the usual starting dose of topiramate is 25 mg daily, increasing to a usual dose of 100 mg daily in 2 divided doses.

The tablets can be taken with or without food. Topiramate tablets should not be broken. The sprinkle capsules can be swallowed whole or opened and sprinkled on a small amount (teaspoon) of soft food. The medication and food should be swallowed immediately and not chewed.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Topamax come in?

Tablets

25 mg
Each white, embossed, round, coated tablet, marked "TOP" on one side and "25" on the other, contains topiramate 25 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: carnauba wax, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, pregelatinized starch, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, purified water, sodium starch glycolate, and titanium dioxide; may contain synthetic iron oxide.

100 mg
Each yellow, embossed, round, coated tablet, marked "TOP" on one side and "100" on the other, contains topiramate 100 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: carnauba wax, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, pregelatinized starch, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, purified water, sodium starch glycolate, and titanium dioxide; may contain synthetic iron oxide.

200 mg
Each salmon, embossed, round, coated tablet, marked "TOP" on one side and "200" on the other, contains topiramate 200 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: carnauba wax, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, pregelatinized starch, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, purified water, sodium starch glycolate, and titanium dioxide; may contain synthetic iron oxide.

Sprinkle Capsules

15 mg
Each white, clear gelatin capsule, containing small white to off-white spheres, marked "TOP" and "15 mg" on the side, contains topiramate-coated beads 15 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: black pharmaceutical ink, cellulose acetate, gelatin, povidone, sorbitan monolaurate, sodium lauryl sulfate, sugar spheres (sucrose and starch), and titanium dioxide.

25 mg
Each white, clear gelatin capsule, containing small white to off-white spheres, marked "TOP" and "25 mg" on the side, contains topiramate-coated beads 25 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: black pharmaceutical ink, cellulose acetate, gelatin, povidone, sorbitan monolaurate, sodium lauryl sulfate, sugar spheres (sucrose and starch), and titanium dioxide.

Who should NOT take Topamax?

Do not take this medication if you are allergic to topiramate or any ingredients of the medication.

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