Topamax Withdrawal Side Effects

Most of the time when we hear of Topamax side effects, we think of what the drug does to individuals in the context of a foreign chemical moving through their bodies. We’ve discussed these before: suicidal ideation, acute myopia and glaucoma, sleep disturbances, kidney stones, cognitive dysfunction, and most significantly of all: birth defects. However, like some drugs, Topamax use cannot be stopped abruptly without adverse effects. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Topamax drug label:

In patients with or without a history of seizures or epilepsy, antiepileptic drugs including Topamax should be gradually withdrawn to minimize the potential for seizures or increased seizure frequency. In situations where rapid withdrawal of Topamaxis medically required, appropriate monitoring is recommended.

Topamax Withdrawal Symptoms

In short, no one should quit Topamax quickly. Everyone should quit gradually, and the user’s doctor must approve the reduced treatment plan. However, the FDA is not too specific on the kinds of side effects Topamax users can expect to encounter as they cease using the drugs. Here are some examples:

  • Confusion
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision Loss
  • Fear or panic attacks
  • Convulsions
  • Speech difficulties
  • Imbalance
  • Eye rolling or fluttering
  • Foot stomping
  • Lip smacking,
  • Spontaneous grunting noises
  • Shaking or stiffening
  • Sweating
  • Twitching and tremors

The Mayo clinic has reported that some people suffer a condition called status epilepticus, which is a seizure that may last longer than five minutes. Status epilepticus can cause permanent brain or neurological damage.

It should be clear that Topamax is a dangerous drug that shouldn’t be used without sound medical oversight. Withdrawal symptoms, though, aren’t Topamax’s most common side effects. Instead, it can cause birth defects in children, specifically cleft lip and palate. These defects form in the early weeks of pregnancy—so early that the mother may not know she is pregnant, making the defects unforeseeable and difficult to prevent. If your child was born with a Topamax birth defect, you may have a topamax lawsuit claim against Ortho-McNeil for compensation. The Rottenstein Law Group is willing to help you by offering a free, confidential legal consultation with one of our attorneys if you click on this link or submit our contact form to the right.

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