Review: Lexapro and Topamax
Summary: drug interactions are reported among people who take Lexapro and Topamax together.
This review analyzes the effectiveness and drug interactions between Lexapro and Topamax. It is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 1,410 people who take the same drugs from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.
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Lexapro has active ingredients of escitalopram oxalate. It is often used in depression. (latest outcomes from Lexapro 39,406 users) Topamax has active ingredients of topiramate. It is often used in migraine. (latest outcomes from Topamax 24,579 users)
What are the drugs
Lexapro has active ingredients of escitalopram oxalate. It is often used in depression. (latest outcomes from Lexapro 39,406 users)
Topamax has active ingredients of topiramate. It is often used in migraine. (latest outcomes from Topamax 24,579 users)
On Nov, 25, 2014: 1,410 people who take Lexapro, Topamax are studied
Drug combinations in study:
- Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate)
- Topamax (topiramate)
Drug effectiveness over time :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years||not specified|
|Lexapro is effective||33.33%|
(2 of 6 people)
(3 of 17 people)
(3 of 11 people)
(5 of 14 people)
(14 of 32 people)
(10 of 16 people)
(4 of 8 people)
(0 of 2 people)
|Topamax is effective||20.00%|
(1 of 5 people)
(10 of 22 people)
(5 of 15 people)
(4 of 12 people)
(11 of 25 people)
(9 of 15 people)
(4 of 6 people)
(1 of 2 people)
Most common drug interactions over time * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years||not specified|
|Hepatitis Cholestatic||Depression||Drug Toxicity||Convulsion||Deep Vein Thrombosis||Emotional Distress||Breast Cancer Female||Diabetes Mellitus|
|Overdose||Suicidal Ideation||Somnolence||Anxiety||Anxiety||Cleft Lip And Palate||Akathisia||Pain|
|Leukopenia||Nausea||Growth Retardation||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Depression||Emotional Disorder||Exhaustion, Fatigue, Lethargy, Tiredness, Weariness||Nausea|
|Grand Mal Convulsion||Dizziness||Hypospadias||Depression||Dizziness||Patent Ductus Arteriosus||Sleepy||Depression|
|Somnolence||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Suicide Attempt||Obesity||Diarrhoea||Pulmonary Embolism||Memory Impairment||Weight Increased|
|Fatigue||Tremor||Thrombocytopenia||Pain||Abdominal Discomfort||Sleep Apnoea Syndrome||Impairment Of Speech||Headache|
|Nausea||Grand Mal Convulsion||Confusional State||Sleep Apnoea Syndrome||Abdominal Pain||Dyspnoea||Enuresis||Anxiety|
|Vision Blurred||Leukopenia||Dyspnoea||Acute Respiratory Failure||Abdominal Pain Upper||Nasal Septum Deviation||Short-term Memory Loss||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus|
|Headache||Vomiting||Complications Of Transplanted Kidney||Vomiting||Pain In Extremity||Enlarged Clitoris||Dizziness|
Drug effectiveness by gender :
|Lexapro is effective||41.94%|
(39 of 93 people)
(2 of 13 people)
|Topamax is effective||45.56%|
(41 of 90 people)
(4 of 12 people)
Most common drug interactions by gender * :
|Diabetes Mellitus||Suicidal Ideation|
|Nausea||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus|
|Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Overdose|
Drug effectiveness by age :
|Lexapro is effective||n/a||n/a||0.00%|
(0 of 6 people)
(8 of 54 people)
(8 of 40 people)
(12 of 48 people)
(11 of 19 people)
(2 of 4 people)
|Topamax is effective||n/a||n/a||33.33%|
(3 of 9 people)
(11 of 60 people)
(15 of 38 people)
(10 of 48 people)
(6 of 16 people)
(0 of 4 people)
Most common drug interactions by age * :
|Drug Exposure During Pregnancy||Sedation||Depression||Pain||Depression||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Nausea||Anxiety|
|Feeding Disorder Neonatal||Feeding Disorder Neonatal||Suicide Attempt||Dyspnoea||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Diabetes Mellitus||Depression||Tooth Disorder|
|Drug Exposure Via Breast Milk||Drug Exposure Via Breast Milk||Convulsion||Abdominal Pain||Diabetes Mellitus||Back Pain||Diabetes Mellitus||Impaired Healing|
|Uterine Leiomyoma||Anxiety||Headache||Headache||Depression||Weight Increased||Rib Fracture|
|Urinary Tract Infection||Mania||Urinary Tract Infection||Anxiety||Pain||Back Pain||Intracranial Aneurysm|
|Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Affective Disorder||Abdominal Pain Upper||Nausea||Neuropathy Peripheral||Convulsion||Cardiac Arrest|
|Suicidal Ideation||Dizziness||Weight Increased||Pain||Weight Increased||Anxiety||Pain|
|Weight Increased||Aggression||Diabetes Mellitus||Suicidal Ideation||Obesity||Condition Aggravated||Colitis|
|Neonatal Oversedation||Drug Rash With Eosinophilia And Systemic Symptoms||Suicidal Ideation||Pulmonary Embolism||Convulsion||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Uterine Disorder|
* Some reports may have incomplete information.
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- Can nuvigil (vs adderall) be used simultaneously to help wean off 60mg/day of adderall? (1 answer)
I have been on Adderall 30mg 2x daily for years!! I've had it lowered to 20mg, I've TRIED to go months without it (when not working) however I feel I've built up a tolerance level to the point that it's not as effective as it once was. My personal life has detoured WAY past anything an ADHD medication can possibly help as far as focusing on NEEDED tasks etc. I end up feeling wrapped up in what I'm doing at the moment that my anxiety increases due to all that I haven't been able to accomplish. I take various medications for various reasons, depression, anxiety, bulimia etc., and for the most part the doses have varied based on circumstances and current need at said time of prescription.. MY FAMILY HAS A HISTORY OF HEART DISEASE, And realizing that I'm already on the highest Adderall dosage scares me (and THEN as I think about it, it makes my heart race!). I've also noticed increased muscle spasms as well as extreme and intense pressure on my jaw (TMJ). MY QUESTION IS: does anyone have any experience LOWERING their Adderall dosage AND adding Nuvigil? The research I've done to date gives me impression that it could help balance out the more extreme effects of Adderall (60mg/day) but that the nuvigil would or could potentially help with the EXTREME exhaustion I feel as Adderall wears off. Some days I just crash, some days I sleep fine and others no matter how hard I tryyyy, I just CAN'T fall asleep, therefore making the next day worse! IDEALLY I'D LIKE TO BE MED FREE, right now I need them, but am hoping maybe I can speak with my doctor to lower Adderall and add Nuvigil to help wean me off the amphetamines as well as lower dosage intake. YES, a lot of the anxiety, sleeplessness and depression are related to current circumstances in my life, however, where I am is not where I want to be or where I'm headed.. Life is a journey, and all my meds have become a part of a journey I never thought I'd find myself taking. I don't want life/meds to define me, or create a me I no longer recognize, because scarily enough that seems to be a common pattern. As I overcome each and every daily obstacle, I also don't want to be "hooked" on my meds or needing "more" to wake up/sleep/function.. I'd like to work on finding a solution towards weaning off my meds NOW, and work my way off slowly, primarily the Adderall. I'm hoping by suggesting to my doctor and showing him my research he may agree (IF ITS EVEN A LOGICAL COMBO, CLEARLY IM NOT A DOCTOR) nuvigil could help me. I've already started taking less of my anti depressants, trazadone and xanax without discussing with doc because he is always busy.. My next appt I want to go in fully prepared with a plan and an overall goal to REDUCE my Adderall dose, but overall, I'm clueless!!! I have no idea what other meds other than nuvigil "could" potentially help if at all. I could be entirely wrong, Anyone with any experience using one vs other or both simultaneously, or anyone with constructive input, PLEASE COMMENT/SHARE!!
- Can mrsa cause chronic intestinal pseudo obstruction?
I had a small bowel obstruction caused by adhesions from an appendectomy carried out 20yrs previously and had grumbling pain ever since but been labelled a malingerer by my family GP until one day at work when I started with terrible tummy ache and sickness like I'd never known, fetching up bile with force. I hated going to hospital after yrs of being called a moaner but after a day of rolling round in pain, temperature of 103 an dehydration, my Mammy insisted we go and I was seen straight away - to my shock I was in theatre within 3hrs with a serious obstruction.
I never really recovered... The obstruction returned after 2 days and a portion of necrotic bowel was removed, then further fever and cellulitis then MRSA and deaths door.... Isolation in high dependency (intensive care) wound break down, ventilated and all related issues that come with that - chest infection, pneumonia, bed sores. Total time in hospital 8 months. Negative pressure dressing on laparotomy wound, colostomy, picc, 4 rounds of vancomycin, minor flirt with heart failure (just water related) an eventually everything healed. Had a large incisional hernia to repair and some corrective work to the horrific scarring but then the neuropathy started plus problems eating, spewing up after any solid food, more than a few forks, diarrhoea and sickness or constipation nausea and pain driving me mad, tried all manner of drugs, nerve blocks, physio, floating tank, acupuncture, opiates, non opiates, spinal cord stimulation, an now a consultant just had a 'eureka' moment and said were you treated with vancomycin when you had MRSA? If so I'm pretty sure you have chronic intestinal pseudo obstruction and is 90% sure but wants to take a muscle biopsy to be certain. I've had so much surgery and bad news in the last 10yrs I'm terrified of germs, hospital acquired bugs and anaesthetics, is there any other way? Or can I have this test done awake - conscious sedation? I had it before during spinal cord surgery so I know what's involved and it's better than GA as I know what's going on, who is doing what to me etc...
Does anyone with a medical background know about this ailment/disease? Does it sound feasible that MRSA or it's treatment could have caused this? I was surgically debrided up to every other day when the vac pac/negative pressure machine and dressings were changed and the doctors told me I lost a great deal of tissue and had a lot of nerve damage due to the infection.
Any patient perspectives on this illness would also be very much valued in helping me make a decision, moving forward. If all this is going to accomplish is to attach a label to the pain but not actually change anything, after fighting it for 10yrs now, avoiding hospital as much as I can, I really can't see the point of exploratory surgerys and biopsys now when it is known that I have this propensity towards adhesions and a new wound means a potentially new adhesion growth site.
If it helps, the appendectomy happened when I was 10yrs old, the MRSA when I was 30 and I am now 40.
- Has anyone been helped by taking lexapro and wellbutrin? (1 answer)
I am the mom of a 22 year old who is trying to get through college and can't seem to find the right meds for depression. She is taking Lexapro and I am wondering if adding Wellbutrin will help.
- Can my eye twitch be because of lexapro?
So I have had symptoms of anxiety and depression due to a lot of stressors and disasters that happened in my life over the past two years. As my anxiety got worse after a breast biopsy, I started freaking out and thinking I may have MS because my sister has MS. So I went to my GP and she decided my symptoms do not follow the symptoms of MS or any similar problem and it should most likely be anxiety. She put me on Lexapro and Clonazepam. At first I was very hesitant to take medication but as my symptoms got worse I decided to give it a try. I was on Lexopro 5 mg for about two months and then I went to 10 mg, and I would take 1 or 2 Clonazepam a day. And this all started 5 months ago. And things seemed to be working just fine.Until about two months ago I started having this freaking annoying eye twitch on my upper left eyelid. I have had eye twitches before but they always go away after a couple of days or a week top. This one has been lasting for 2 months now and seems to be just getting worse. I went to the GP and my eye doctor and they still found no cause and said it's probably stress and anxiety. I have not been overly stressed and I get plenty of sleep, 10 hrs or more! and I stopped taking caffeine and alcohol after the twitch started. Any idea? Could it be because of medication? I also need to add I have had thumb twitching and severe spasms in my muscles around my right thumb starting in May (before taking any medication).
- My mom is 88. she takes lexapro in the evening. she wakes up hallucinating. it's starting to get to her. what should i try for her?
My mom has been taking Lexapro for about 2 1/2 to 3 months. She was taking it in the morning and her therapist felt it was making her drowsy. I began giving it to her before bed, and I believe that is when she started waking up during the night with hallucinations. I'm not sure if they are vivid dreams that carry over when she awakens, or if she wakes up and sees visions. I do not want to change her meds, if possible. This combination of Aricept, Namenda and Lexapro have allowed her to be sharper mentally than she has in a number of years. Except for the hallucinations, it's been nothing short of amazing. Please help. Thank you
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- Lexapro and memory loss
I actually have no idea what other medicine I was on the week I took Lexapro, it was back at the end of February 2014 right before I checked myself into the psych hospital. I formed no memory for a whole week just because of one drug! My friends and family tell me what happened that week and I have called them a liar because there is no recall from that week! I have been on psychiatric drugs for over 14 years and have never had such a horrible reaction as I did with Lexapro! The side effects do not include this reaction, but I didn't sleep at all that week or so I am told and there is just nothing, not even a little memory. Take this as you will I am not saying everyone gets this side effect I am just saying it is not impossible. I learned a lesson I don't remember, but will never take Lexapro again! It was dangerous for me!
- Patients having false positives while on remeron
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Comments from related studies:
From this study (1 month ago):
doc moc on Apr, 25, 2013:
BREAK down FOOL!
Rhs on Oct, 13, 2012:
Get your medical records
and consult w/your doctor
trust1983 on Dec, 3, 2012:
Is it true in the states that a psych doc can up and just leave and refuse to treat you because you tried to kill yourself, especially if you didn't have a contact for life with you r doc?
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