St. John's Wort vs Topamax

St. John's Wort
(OTC)
Topamax
(Rx)
St. John's Wort is an alternative medication.
Topamax is an epilepsy medication.
Satisfaction Score
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3.9
Very Satisfied
Satisfaction Score
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3.1
Moderately Satisfied
Helpfulness
for Depression
5.0
Concern level
1.7
Helpfulness
for Depression
2.1
Concern level
2.1
Approval Date
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Not Available
December 24, 1996
Number of discussions around the web Number of discussions + -
38,981 Discussions
132,053 Discussions
Taken For
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Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Depression
#2 for Anxiety
#5 for Addiction
St. John's Wort is approved for Depression and Anxiety and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Migraines
#2 for Headaches
#3 for Seizures
#4 for Weight Loss
#5 for Depression
#6 for Weight Gain
#7 for Anxiety
#8 for Epilepsy
#9 for Nerve Pain
#10 for Fibromyalgia
#11 for Mood Swings
#12 for Shaking
#13 for Addiction
Topamax is prescribed for Headaches and Seizures and is mostly mentioned together with these indications. It is taken to prevent Migraines. Our data suggest that Topamax is taken for Weight Issues, Depression and Anxiety, although it is not approved for these conditions.
Side Effects and Concerns
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St.
Serotonin Syndrome
4
Weight Gain
4
Headaches
4
Mood Swings
3
Irritability
3
Weight Loss
3
Nausea
3
Dizziness
2
Sun Sensitivity
2
Weakness
2
Top
Tingling
8
Dizziness
7
Nausea
6
Hair Loss
6
Insomnia
6
Kidney Stones
4
Loss of Appetite
3
Irritability
3
Weakness
3
Vertigo
3
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Topamax
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Serotonin Syndrome
St.
Top
4
0
Weight Gain
St.
Top
4
0
Headaches
St.
Top
4
0
Mood Swings
St.
Top
3
0
Irritability
St.
Top
3
3
Weight Loss
St.
Top
3
0
Nausea
St.
Top
3
6
Dizziness
St.
Top
2
7
Sun Sensitivity
St.
Top
2
0
Weakness
St.
Top
2
3
Tingling
Top
St.
8
0
Dizziness
Top
St.
7
2
Nausea
Top
St.
6
3
Hair Loss
Top
St.
6
0
Insomnia
Top
St.
6
0
Kidney Stones
Top
St.
4
0
Loss of Appetite
Top
St.
3
0
Irritability
Top
St.
3
3
Weakness
Top
St.
3
2
Vertigo
Top
St.
3
0
Pregnancy Category (FDA) OpenClose all pregnancy categories
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a b c d x n
Category A
Adequate and well-controllted studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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Not Available
D Category D
Before taking Topamax during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
Alcohol warning
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There may be a negative interaction between St. John's Wort and alcohol.
There may be a negative interaction between Topamax and alcohol.
Method of use
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Oral Drops, Pill
Pill
Dosages
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Capsule: 150 mg, 300 mg, 450 mg, 600 mg, 1000 mg
Tablet: 300 mg, 450 mg
Drops: 25 mg/mL
Tablet: 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg
Capsule: 15 mg, 25 mg
Food Instructions
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No Food Instructions
No Food Instructions
Ingredients
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St. John's Wort
Topiramate
Drug Interactions
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Interaction between St. John's Wort and Topamax: Interaction not known, but may still exist. Always consult your doctor before taking these medications together. Do not stop taking the medications without a physician's advice.
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