Topamax generic name topiramate belongs to a family of drugs known as anticonvulsants and is seizure medication. It is used either by itself or with other drugs to treat seizures in adults and children above the age of two. In adults it is used to prevent migraine headaches or reduce the number of such but will not treat a headache that has already started.
It is suggested no alcohol not even moderate drinking while using this drug as the drug’s effectiveness may be decreased and the side effects may be increased.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. If anything more than that it is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using this drug advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, have a history of kidney or liver disease, glaucoma, history of depression or suicide attempts, growth disorder, history of metabolic acidosis, osteoporosis, low bone density, asthma, emphysema, breathing disorder.
Less serious side effects are mild dizziness, nervous, numb, tingling, diarrhea, weight loss, cold symptoms such as nose, sneezing and sore throat.. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, sudden vision loss, pain in eyes, dry mouth, increased thirst, drowsy, decreased sweating, increased body temperature, hot dry skin, confusion, slow thinking, mempry problems, trouble concentrating, speech balance problems, vomiting, loss of appetite, tired, irregular heartbeats, feeling faint, severe pain in your side or lower back, painful or difficult urination.If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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