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Bipolar Topamax Treatment

 

For some people, anticonvulsants such can help ease symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Topamax (generic name topiramate) is an anticonvulsant that can help alleviate the symptoms of bipolar disorder, a mood disorder that affects approximately 2.6 percent of adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Bipolar disorder is characterized by extremes of mood, ranging from mania to depression, which can be severely disabling if left untreated. Topamax is not FDA approved for psychiatric treatment, but doctors may prescribe it “off-label” for bipolar disorder and other conditions.

By Jenny Westberg, eHow Contributor

For some people, anticonvulsants such can help ease symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Topamax (generic name topiramate) is an anticonvulsant that can help alleviate the symptoms of bipolar disorder, a mood disorder that affects approximately 2.6 percent of adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Bipolar disorder is characterized by extremes of mood, ranging from mania to depression, which can be severely disabling if left untreated. Topamax is not FDA approved for psychiatric treatment, but doctors may prescribe it “off-label” for bipolar disorder and other conditions.

  1. Indications

    Side Effects

    Effectiveness

    • Each person responds differently to psychiatric medication.

      Recent reports, including a 2007 Consumers Union summary of the effectiveness of anticonvulsants, suggest that there is little, if any, statistical evidence supporting the use of Topamax in bipolar disorder. However, response to psychiatric medication is highly individual, and Topamax might be the optimal treatment for some people.

    Similar

    • Several other anticonvulsants are used in the treatment of bipolar disorder, including Tegretol (carbamazepine), Depakote (valproic acid), Lamictal (lamotrigine) and Trileptal (oxcarbazepine). Safety profiles differ, and some anticonvulsant medications require blood tests to measure liver function. Depakote and Tegretol are FDA approved for the treatment of bipolar disorder.

    Warnings

    • Any medication for bipolar disorder must be taken consistently. Do not stop taking Topamax without consulting your doctor.

      Bipolar disorder can cause suicidal thinking during the depressive phase. Call your doctor immediately if you have thoughts of suicide.

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Jenny Westberg has been writing since 1986. She contributes to several online and print publications, and her work has been cited in “Harper’s” and “The Yale Law Journal.” Westberg attended Everest College, where she received her Associate of Applied Science in paralegal studies, with honors. She is a board member of the Mental Health Association of Portland.

 

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