Topiramate is used to control seizures and other problems related to the nervous system.
Topiramate may cause some unwanted side effects.
Generally, the common side effects tend to occur at the beginning of treatment. Such side effects may include:
Inform your doctor if any of the above side effects lasts for more than a few days or if they become serious or bothersome.
Rare but serious side effects may sometimes occur. Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
Inform your doctor if you notice any other unusual symptoms in your child. Always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist if your child has any problems or difficulties during or after taking topiramate.
Topiramate is usually taken 2 times a day. The doctor may start your child on a low dose and then slowly increase the dose. Follow the instructions on the label carefully and ask your pharmacist or doctor if you are unsure.
Do not take this medication more often than directed and do not stop unless instructed by the doctor. Stopping this medicine too rapidly can increase the risk of seizures.
Swallow the tablets with a glass of water. If your child is unable to swallow the tablet, you may crush it and add it to a small amount of food (i.e. yogurt, ice-cream, syrup) before giving it to your child. Topiramate can be taken with or without food.
It is important to drink plenty of fluids when your child is taking topiramate.
Give your child the dose as soon as you remember and then continue to take it as you normally give. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed and give the next dose at the usual time.
Do not double or increase the dose.
If your child has missed more than two doses or you are not sure of what to do, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
If your child has less than two weeks supply of medication, please ensure that you have made an appointment with your child’s neurologist or made arrangements to collect more medication.
Please inform your doctor if your child has family history of kidney stones. It is important to drink plenty of fluids when your child is taking topiramate especially when child has excessive water loss due to diarrhea or vomiting.
Please inform your doctor if your child is allergy to sulphonamides.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you want to give any other medicines, supplements or herbal products to your child.
If your child sees another doctor, inform him that your child is taking topiramate before he prescribes any other medications
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