About Topirol: Topirol (Topiramate) is a medication indicated for use by patients suffering from epilepsy, migraines and particular types of seizures. This medicine is not used to cure but to control epilepsy and seizures. Your doctor may prescribe other medication to use for curing the conditions. In some cases, it is common to find this medicine being used as a mood stabilizer or for other conditions not listed here. Topirol works by inhibiting sodium channels that depend on the voltage from increasing the activities of GABA. It also inhibits carbonic anhydrase, an enzyme from reaching the NMDA receptors and this, in turn, triggers a decrease in the nerve impulse transmission which prevents seizures.
How to use Topirol
Topirol (Topiramate) is available in tablets which should be taken whole orally. Chewing, crushing, splitting or dissolving these tablets greatly affects their effectiveness as the drug is meant to be absorbed slowly into the body. The medicine should be taken together with a full glass of water, and this helps minimize the occurrence of its side effects. Not only then, during your entire treatment program with this medicine, take enough water which will help reduce your chances of suffering from kidney stones which the medicine is known to cause. Take your dosage exactly as prescribed by your doctor. In the case of withdrawal, gradual withdrawal is recommended as an abrupt withdrawal would only cause you further problems and might cause a setback of your treatment.
It is important to follow your physician’s instructions and a prescription for a total improvement of your conditions. For adults, the normal starting dosage is a single tablet taken at least twice each day. This however may vary depending on the condition being treated, its severity, your health condition, medical history as well as whether or not you are using other medications which may include prescriptions, non-prescriptions, different types of supplements or herbal products.
Topirol Side Effects
Although not all patients report the experiencing of side effects when using this medicine, it is possible to experience some undesired side effects. The most commonly reported side effects include; dizziness, flushing of the skin, numbness, diarrhea, symptoms related to common cold or flu. These should not persist for long however if they do persist or become worse, report to your doctor. There are other rarely reported but possible to experience severe side effects. These include; rashes, difficulties in breathing or swallowing, vomiting, severe pain, fever and vision problems. Consult your doctor or report to the emergency room as soon as you notice any signs of these side effects. Listed here are not all possible side effects, for more details on the same, talk to your doctor.
As effective as it may be, this medicine is not to be used for all types of patients. Unless directed by your physician and under special care, do not use this medicine if you:
Are pregnant, are trying to conceive or are breastfeeding
Are intolerant to lactose as this puts you at a greater risk of experiencing allergic reactions
You have any medical history relating to depression, porphyrias, kidney stones, liver, kidney or heart conditions or breathing disorders as these conditions may interfere with your treatment program.