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Topamax vs. Zonegran for Seizures

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Topamax

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Other Names: Topiramate

Zonegran

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/ 7,534 posts
Other Names: Zonisamide
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Based on 103,768 patient discussions on healthcare websites and blogs
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Based on 7,534 patient discussions on healthcare websites and blogs
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Topiramate (brand name Topamax) is an anticonvulsant (antiepilepsy) drug. It was originally produced by Ortho-McNeil Neurologics and Noramco, Inc., both divisions of the Johnson & Johnson Corporation. This medication was discovered in 1979 by Bruce... Read more on Wikipedia
Zonisamide is a sulfonamide (medicine) anticonvulsant approved for use as an Wiktionary:adjunct therapy in adults with seizures for adults infantile spasm, mixed seizure types of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, myoclonic, and generalized tonic clonic seizure... Read more on Wikipedia
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By Stephanie
June 19, 2014
Stephanie wrote
Topirimate
I can not take Topirimat in 6/13 I had a brake through seizure on this med so I can only take the brand name.
Jessie  |  September 29, 2014
I take topiramate and get really bad periods, stomach pains all the time, and and really bad bone pain.
michelle  |  August 15, 2014
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By doodlebug
June 11, 2014
doodlebug wrote
Verapamil
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By 11111
June 1, 2014
11111 wrote
topamax hearing loss/rare side effects of topamax
Huh, My ears got all crazy too! I looked it up and it is a RARE side effect. So, I cut my dose as an experiment. Well, my ear is all better, but I take it for migraine prevention and now I had a migraine. So...doubling it back up...I wonder if an ENT could help?
Amanda  |  September 4, 2014
Topamax inflamed the glands, so that is what is happening in your ears. I had similar effect and even flue like symptoms. I cut down on the dosage and believing God to heal my body.
Sue  |  August 30, 2014
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By april
March 25, 2014
april wrote
Weigh the pros and cons
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By Amy
February 6, 2014
Amy wrote
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By Anna
August 30, 2013
Anna wrote
Increased weight, and memory problems
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What patients are saying about Topamax vs. Zonegran

1,760 patient discussions from healthcare websites and blogs
it is a great change from that horrible Topamax. Hope...
...Topamax was making my hair fall out! I was switched to Zonegran and it is working great. No problems ...tollerate the Zonegran. I think it is a great change from that horrible Topamax. Hope ...
for quite a while and started having major memory issues...
...took Topomax for quite a while and started having major memory issues. My neurologist switched me to Zonegran a few weeks ago and it has helped quite a bit. ...to both the Topomax and and Zoneg...
Topamax never really worked for my migraines, but zonegran...
...also did not have bad side effects from topamax. I was pretty scared ...ask your doctor about zonegran- a cousin to topamax. Topamax never really worked for my migraines, but zonegran seems to b...
was on for around two years and had VERY, VERY bad hair loss...
...too after stopping the Topamax which I was on for around two years and had VERY, VERY bad hair loss the whole ...want to start to loose my hair again. Thanks for posting about Zonegran, it's nic...
from Topamax to Zonegran without any drastic side effects...
...max dose of 75mg 2x daily for migraines. Over the past few weeks I have noticed that my hair is starting to fall out. Like many others, I had absolutely no idea that this was going to happen. That...
switching from topamax because of the memory issues. I...
...been on zonegran for a good 2 years after switching from topamax because of the memory issues. I do remember ...the shower taking topamax. I do occasionally ...what I was losing with the topa...
and she's allergic to topomax) which was our wonder...
...Lydia was on keppra. It was horrific. My sweet baby became a demon child and couldn't help it. The anger/behavior ...had already failed zonegran and she's allergic to topomax) which was our wond...
switched from topomax to zonegran. Zonegran has less side...
...Zonegran has less side effects, but doesn't work as well on the migrianes. The dopey feeling, i.e.,...
on Thursday....allergic reaction to the topamax. Not sure...
...just switched to zonegran from topamax on Thursday....allergic reaction to the topamax. Not sure how long it takes for the topamax to...
my third child the topamax didn't work anymore. I've been...
...zonegran and welbutrin for ...just changed to zonegran 3 months ago from topamax. After my third child the topamax didn't work anymore. I've been pleased...
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