Topamax & Topiramate Side Effects
Manufactured by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals, Topamax, also known as Topiramate, has become a popular drug to treat seizures in people with epilepsy. Although it was originally marketed exclusively for seizures, it is also prescribed for migraines and weight loss.
Topamax has been associated with several side effects and there is no telling if more will be discovered as time goes on. Currently, it is known to increase birth defects in children born to women who were prescribed Topamax while in their first trimester of pregnancy. Birth defects specifically associated with Topamax thus far include cleft palate and cleft lip. According to studies by the FDA, Topamax causes a significantly higher rate of birth defects than other anti-epilepsy drugs in its class.
Prior to the discovery of major birth defects, Topamax made news in 2006 when Ortho-McNeil was forced to issue a warning about the side effects the drug was having on peoples' eyes. Secondary angle closure glaucoma and acute myopia were reported by Topamax users. These two eye disorders are characterized by blurred vision and chronic eye pain. The manufacturer continues to claim that these conditions are reversible and will go away once you stop taking the drug. Failure to act immediately upon the onset of side effects, however, can lead to permanent serious vision problems.
Pursuing Compensation from a Topamax Drug Company
If you or your loved one has been injured as a result of taking Topamax, a Topamax lawyer at Jackson, Allen, & Williams, LLP can help. You have the right to have medical bills paid for and compensation afforded to you for all hardships that are the result of taking Topamax.
If you have suffered from the side effects of the drug Topamax, contact a Topamax attorney at Jackson, Allen, & Williams, LLP to get the compensation you deserve.