topiramate sprinkles - oral, Topamax (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking topiramate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: eye problems (e.g., glaucoma), kidney problems, liver problems, severe lung/breathing problems, metabolism problems (e.g., metabolic acidosis, born with metabolism disease), long-term diarrhea problem, any special diet (e.g., high-protein, ketogenic).This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.Topiramate can infrequently cause decreased sweating, which could raise your body temperature to unsafe levels (hyperthermia). The risk of this serious side effect is greater in hot weather and/or during vigorous exercise, especially in children. Drink plenty of fluids and dress lightly in hot weather or when exercising. Check carefully for signs of decreased sweating. If this occurs, immediately stop exercising and seek cooler shelter. Seek immediate medical attention if your body temperature is above normal or if you have mental/mood changes, headache, or dizziness. Consult your doctor for more details.Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.Monitor your weight while taking this medication, and share the results with your doctor. If you lose weight unexpectedly, discuss with your doctor. You may need to change your diet.This product may contain sugar. Caution is advised if you have diabetes. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safe use of this product.Caution is advised when using this drug in children because they may be more sensitive to its side effects, especially effects on bone health, growth rate, and temperature. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.Kidney function declines as you grow older. This medication is removed by the kidneys. Therefore, elderly people may be at greater risk for side effects such as drowsiness and dizziness while using this drug.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.This medication passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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