Review: Ritalin and Topamax
Summary: drug interactions are reported among people who take Ritalin and Topamax together.
This review analyzes the effectiveness and drug interactions between Ritalin and Topamax. It is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 383 people who take the same drugs from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.
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Ritalin has active ingredients of methylphenidate hydrochloride. It is often used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (latest outcomes from Ritalin 11,200 users) Topamax has active ingredients of topiramate. It is often used in migraine. (latest outcomes from Topamax 24,579 users)
What are the drugs
Ritalin has active ingredients of methylphenidate hydrochloride. It is often used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (latest outcomes from Ritalin 11,200 users)
Topamax has active ingredients of topiramate. It is often used in migraine. (latest outcomes from Topamax 24,579 users)
On Dec, 8, 2014: 383 people who take Ritalin, Topamax are studied
Drug combinations in study:
- Ritalin (methylphenidate hydrochloride)
- 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|
|Ritalin is effective||0.00%|
(0 of 8 people)
(4 of 14 people)
(4 of 6 people)
(4 of 8 people)
(4 of 10 people)
(2 of 2 people)
(2 of 2 people)
|Topamax is effective||25.00%|
(3 of 12 people)
(4 of 7 people)
(6 of 12 people)
(5 of 9 people)
(3 of 10 people)
(2 of 4 people)
(0 of 1 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|
|Dyspnoea||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Suicidal Ideation||Hypoaesthesia||Pain In Extremity||Simple Partial Seizures||Loss Of Control Of Legs||Weight Increased|
|Social Avoidant Behaviour||Suicidal Ideation||Diabetes Mellitus||Influenza Like Illness||Deep Vein Thrombosis||Confusion||Loss Of Appetite||Diabetes Mellitus|
|Malaise||Neuropathy Peripheral||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Headache||Cough||Fatigue||Muscle Contractions Involuntary||Convulsion|
|Pruritus||Diabetes Mellitus||Neuropathy Peripheral||Fatigue||Chest Pain||Swelling||Headache|
|Suicidal Ideation||Hyperglycaemia||Pain||Depression||Dyspnoea||Sacral Pain||Fatigue|
|Depression||Alopecia||Dyspnoea||Myalgia||Pulmonary Embolism||Inflammatory Pain||Suicidal Ideation|
|Slow Response To Stimuli||Hernia||Feeling Cold||Paraesthesia||Cholecystitis Chronic||Chest Pain||Tremor|
|Palpitations||Pruritus||Chest Pain||Tremor||Abdominal Pain||Fall||Insomnia|
|Decreased Appetite||Weight Decreased||Nausea||Vision Blurred||Biliary Dyskinesia||Night Sweats||Nausea|
|Missed Periods||Psychotic Disorder||Abdominal Mass||Temperature Intolerance||Diarrhoea||Headache||Pyrexia|
Drug effectiveness by gender :
|Ritalin is effective||37.78%|
(17 of 45 people)
(3 of 5 people)
|Topamax is effective||42.86%|
(21 of 49 people)
(2 of 5 people)
Most common drug interactions by gender * :
|Weight Increased||Diabetes Mellitus|
|Diabetes Mellitus||Weight Increased|
|Convulsion||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus|
|Tremor||Disturbance In Attention|
|Suicidal Ideation||Suicidal Ideation|
|Deep Vein Thrombosis||Tremor|
|Dyspnoea||Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome|
Drug effectiveness by age :
|Ritalin is effective||n/a||n/a||50.00%|
(2 of 4 people)
(6 of 16 people)
(1 of 33 people)
(9 of 37 people)
(2 of 5 people)
|Topamax is effective||n/a||n/a||0.00%|
(0 of 3 people)
(10 of 19 people)
(7 of 33 people)
(5 of 38 people)
(1 of 6 people)
Most common drug interactions by age * :
|Orthopnoea||Aggression||Diabetes Mellitus||Pain In Extremity||Abdominal Pain||Pyrexia||Suicidal Ideation||Swelling Face|
|Nervous System Disorder||Decreased Appetite||Convulsion||Deep Vein Thrombosis||Weight Increased||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Pain In Extremity||Oedema Peripheral|
|Pancreatitis Acute||Upper Respiratory Tract Infection||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Rash||Diabetes Mellitus||Pneumonia||Pain||Suicidal Ideation|
|Pneumonia||Malaise||Obesity||Chest Pain||Headache||Confusional State||Nausea||Deep Vein Thrombosis|
|Tremor||Abasia||Suicidal Ideation||Dyspnoea||Fatigue||Drug Ineffective||Diabetes Mellitus||Memory Impairment|
|Renal Impairment||Social Avoidant Behaviour||Psychotic Disorder||Anxiety||Tremor||Disturbance In Attention||Hallucination||Wound Haemorrhage|
|Hypotension||Back Pain||Tremor||Nausea||Pruritus||Weight Increased||Nightmare||Sepsis|
|Hyponatraemia||Eustachian Tube Dysfunction||Educational Problem||Malaise||Insomnia||Headache||Amnesia||Respiratory Failure|
|Bradycardia||Psychomotor Retardation||Asthma||Weight Decreased||Therapeutic Response Decreased||Convulsion||Fatigue||Dyspnoea|
|Cholecystitis Chronic||Dysuria||Irritability||Diabetes Mellitus||Intracranial Venous Sinus Thrombosis||Tachycardia||Fall||Amnesia|
* Some reports may have incomplete information.
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- Could ritalin cause temporary dementia in elderly
I had a period of dementia that lasted for the better part of a day. I was brought to the hospital because they thought I was having a stroke. I have no memory of the event until I was in the hospital. I had been prescribed Ritalin because I have become unable to concentrate as well as I once could. That started about ten years ago and it was also had a very sudden onset, after a case of the flu.
A Psychiatrist prescribed a dosage of Methylphenidate to be taken twice a day. I had a really hectic day ahead and thought that if I took both of them at once, it would help me get through the ordeal. I am under a lot of stress and thought it may help me cope. I have since thrown them out because the condition started about an hour after I took them according to family members. I don't remember the dosage, but I think it was a lower dosage because I had just started taking them on an "as needed basis." The doctor knew that I was going to use them for that purpose. I used them twice before (at the correct dosage) when I had to concentrate on paperwork, etc. They caused irregular heartbeat and a little bit of anxiety, but they did help me concentrate. The hospital tests ruled out a stroke or TIA. My thyroid level was off and the doctor at the hospital told me to stop the thyroid medication (Armour Thyroid) until I could see my family doctor and be retested. This all happened about five days ago. I'm back to what I consider normal now. Could that episode have been caused by the Ritalin?
- 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!!
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25 year old client in early recovery from opioid dependence takes ritalin and seroquel and wants to add vivitrol. What are the risks and side effects?
- 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.
- The appetite suppressant effects of ephedrine have worn off just starting concerta will it suppress my appetite?
Just wondering if I have developed tolerance to ephedrine (quantified as a return of appetite) will the stimulant effects of concerta work on me
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- A life of depression and fatigue
1) Family history of depression, 2) Diagnosed depression 1964-not treated until 1973, 3) Worked in medical field 35 years, 4) Emergency on-call 24/7, 5) Hospital 15 times major depression, 6) Tried nearly all MAOI, TCA, SSRI, SNRI, and ECT. 7) 100% Disability in 1998 for depression. Now at age 70 I have dysthymia, chronic fatigue, COPD, and PTSD. My recommendation to younger people - do not over stress,
do not smoke, avoid horrific or traumatic situations and try to find some enjoyment in life. If you have symptoms like mine seek early treatment put balance in your life. The often heard recommendations - get plenty of sleep, eat properly, learn to relax and avoid bad habits should not be ignored, they are critical to good physical and mental health.
- A really bad day ritalin+orange juice
I took Ritaline, then Orange juice. I couldn't do my exam at all...
- Urea urine increased while taking topamax
I was on Topamax to lose weight. It worked for me, I lost weight but my blood urea increased. I have to stop taking it.
- Massive aggression within first 4 days at 50mg (1 response)
am only taking 50mg and have only been taking it for 4 days(this is the evening of the 4th day)as a preventative for migraine headaches that I have suffered from from 16 years. I have had pins and needles in my hands and feet as well as spontaneous crying fits since day 2 and Major aggression since yesterday. With normally an insurmountable amount of patience with my 1 year old son, I outright yelled at him last night. This is unacceptable. I have never felt such quick and sudden rage over nothing before, well, over anything before.
- Seizure disorder med problems (1 response)
Velafaxine 150 mg. 1 per day.
In process of switching from Topiramate 50 mg. 1 pill in morning & one at night (going off of this because of kidney stones) Was on this medication approximately 10 years.
Lamotrigine 2 25mg pills in morning and 2 - 25 mg. pills at night.
On the 3rd day of the 2nd week of switching I started the nightmares. I took a one hour nap and had a nightmare that seemed like it went on the entire time. Even if I slept for 20 minutes I had a dream or nightmare. I've sometimes been known to have vivid dreams but never this constant in my entire life. Also, very seldom do I have such terrible dreams. So many in one evening. They are an occasional thing, not an all night long thing.
Also, I have sinus trouble occasionally. The same day the nightmares began I got a terrible headache behind my one eye and under my eye. I have no drainage yet anyway. Not sure if this is during the start up of this medicine, but if I had known it could cause trouble with sinus I would never have started it.
I was put on this as a quick back up plan when the medicine we agreed upon - Levetireacetam made me feel drunk feeling and I had to be careful just walking around my homes and steps.
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I take 3 celexa in the am with 1 100mg topamax and 1 5mg Ritalin. At lunch time I take 1 5mg ritalin. At Bedtime I take another 100mg topamax and 5mg of Ritalin. If I miss ONE DOSE it IS GAME ON for any one around me. the ritalin oes not hipe me up it calms me downl hope this helps
within last month, daughter has been hospitlaized with seizures, just started the topamax, has been on concerta for 3 years and lexapro for a year. just recently started the topamax
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