Topamax (Topiramate) is an anti-epileptic drug used in the management of alcoholism. It alters the neurotransmitters and suppresses the seizure activity of the brain. Studies showed the drug’s unparalleled efficacy in alcohol dependency management. It also eliminates some physical and psychological effects of alcoholism.
Generic Name: Topiramate
Brand Name: Topamax
How is Topamax taken?
Topamax is orally taken. It is available in 15mg, 25 mg Sprinkle capsules and 25 mg, 100mg, 200mg tablets.
Effects of Topamax consumption
Topamax reduces alcohol craving because of its effect on the neurotransmitters believed to be responsible for the brain excitement that results to yearning for the substance. Other beneficial side-effects include regulation of blood pressure, weight loss and decreased cholesterol level. It also prevents the development of serious illnesses associated with alcoholism like heart disease, elevated blood pressure and liver cirrhosis.
Impact on the mind/body and health risks
Topamax is an FDA-approved drug prescribed to treat/manage seizures and migraine. It is generally given by some physicians for “off-label “purposes like depression and alcoholism management because of its impressive alcohol craving reduction and mood stabilization effect.
Adverse Topamax side effects
- Difficulty concentrating
- Paresthesia- tingling sensation or numbness of the skin
Topamax signs of abuse
Topamax was not proven to be an addictive substance. There are no reports on tolerance, drug dependence and withdrawal symptoms in cases of prolonged maintenance.
In case of overdose the user may experience the following:
- Psychological reactions: Agitation, Loss of consciousness, confusion and coma
- Physical reactions: Blurred /vision, loss of muscle coordination, fainting, irregular heart beats, fast and shallow breathing pattern, stomach ache, loss of appetite nausea and vomiting and bone or joint pains.
Common Topamax treatment options
Always take Topiramate upon doctor’s prescription. Sudden discontinue of this drug is not encouraged since it may result to fatal seizures. Efficient and critical medical management is needed in case of overdose and adverse side effects.