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How long does it take to lose weight on Topamax?

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Topamax, formally known as topiramate, is not normally prescribed for weight loss, but rather as a medication for other conditions; although, it has been known to help patients achieve weight loss over the course that it has been prescribed, which can range anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks to 8.5 weeks, according to a paper published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Topiramate reaches peak levels in the body within 1.75 to 4.3 hours, and will begin to help with weight loss although results may not be noticed immediately. Depending on the treatment that topiramate was originally prescribed for, dosages range anywhere from 100 to 375mg per day with the average total weight loss being 22 pounds.

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Topiramate is an anti-epileptic drug that works by blocking sodium channels and also potentiates gaba-aminobutyric acid neuroinhibition. It has also been known to antagonize glutamate effects and also inhibit the effects of certain isoenzymes.

Topiramate is distributed throughout the entire body by binding to red blood cells, and has a half-life of approximately 18.7 to 23 hours. Some common side effects that can be expected when taking topiramate include fatigue, anorexia, headache, paresthesia, memory problems, difficulty concentrating, sedation, diplopia, dizziness and speech problems.

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