Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Side Effects From Your Medicines II: Topamax and Acute Glaucoma

Here is another medicine that is used for regular medical reasons that can have side effects on your eye: Topamax (topiramate). Topamax is a medicine that is used for epilepsy and some types of migraine headaches. It is sometimes used "off-label" as a treatment for depression and bipolar disease, and occasionally as a weight loss drug.

Topamax can cause shallowing of the front of the eye which can lead to a glaucoma attack. Pain, redness, blurry vision, and COLORED HALOES around lights are the symptoms They can occur in patients of any age, and they arise in the first 14 days after the first dose of the medicine. The most important thing to do is to see an eye doctor as soon as possible and to stop the medication.

If you are taking Topamax and have any of the above symptoms be sure to call your family doctor, and to call Skyvision Centers for an emergency visit.

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