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Review: could Topamax cause Weight gain - unintentional?

Summary: Weight gain - unintentional could be caused by Topamax, especially for people who are female, 40-49 old, have been taking the drug for 2 - 5 years, also take Seroquel, and have Depression.

We study 22,424 people who have side effects while taking Topamax from FDA and social media. Among them, 834 have Weight gain - unintentional. Find out below who they are, when they have Weight gain - unintentional and more.

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Topamax

Topamax (latest outcomes from 24,430 users) has active ingredients of topiramate. It is often used in migraine.

Weight gain - unintentional

Weight gain - unintentional (latest reports from 521,563 patients) has been reported by people with depression, high blood pressure, bipolar disorder, pain, high blood cholesterol.

On Apr, 12, 2014: 22,305 people reported to have side effects when taking Topamax. Among them, 834 people (3.74%) have Weight Gain - Unintentional. They amount to 0.16% of all the 520,834 people who have Weight Gain - Unintentional on eHealthMe.

Trend of Weight gain - unintentional in Topamax reports

Time on Topamax when people have Weight gain - unintentional * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Weight gain - unintentional20.48%25.30%9.64%13.25%28.92%1.20%1.20%

Gender of people who have Weight gain - unintentional when taking Topamax * :

FemaleMale
Weight gain - unintentional83.10%16.90%

Age of people who have Weight gain - unintentional when taking Topamax * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Weight gain - unintentional0.67%1.35%4.17%11.84%23.82%30.15%21.27%6.73%

Severity of Weight gain - unintentional when taking Topamax ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Weight gain - unintentional3.12%46.88%46.88%3.12%

How people recovered from Weight gain - unintentional ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Weight gain - unintentional20.00%40.00%40.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Depression (195 people, 23.38%)
  2. Bipolar disorder (183 people, 21.94%)
  3. Sleep disorder (110 people, 13.19%)
  4. Anxiety (101 people, 12.11%)
  5. Migraine (85 people, 10.19%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Seroquel (251 people, 30.10%)
  2. Zyprexa (153 people, 18.35%)
  3. Klonopin (137 people, 16.43%)
  4. Neurontin (129 people, 15.47%)
  5. Nexium (125 people, 14.99%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (11 months ago):

  • I continue to gain weight. I was 115 last year, took lithium 1 mo, zyprexa 2 and seroquil 3 and gained 70 ish lbs. Obgyn just had to put me on 9 day course of provera. I'm now 193 as of today. In between, with diet and exercise weight continued to increase. Didn't list because no longer taking the drugs that caused most weight gain.

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  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • I have a tendency to want to sleep all day if I don't have anything to do and if I just sit at home all day. I would rather do that then do anything around my house. It's almost like a boredom that I can't snap out of.

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