Compare Cafergot vs. Topamax

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Cafergot
(Ergotamine / Caffeine)

Qudexy Xr
(Topiramate)

Coming soon.Prevents seizures and migraine headaches. Qudexy Xr (Topiramate) is useful for preventing seizures and migraines, and doesn't require blood tests while you're on it.
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Have you used Cafergot (Ergotamine / Caffeine)?
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Reviews for Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
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+52% better vs. Cafergot (Ergotamine / Caffeine)
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+50% better vs. Cafergot (Ergotamine / Caffeine)
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-36% worse vs. Cafergot (Ergotamine / Caffeine)
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Side effects
CafergotTopamax

We haven’t found good data for Cafergot side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Cafergot »
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 16%
  • Diarrhea 8%
  • Weight decrease 7%
  • Difficulty with concentration/attention 7%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 5%
  • Tingling sensation 3%
  • Infection 3%
  • Infection viral 3%
  • Rash 3%
  • Fatigue 17%
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How it works
CafergotTopamax
Coming soon.Qudexy Xr (Topiramate) is an antiepileptic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to affect multiple parts of the brain to control seizures and migraines.
Type of medication
CafergotTopamax
Prescription only
Available as
CafergotTopamax
  • Pill
  • Suppository
  • Pill
  • Extended release capsule
Used for
CafergotTopamax
  • Migraine Vascular Headache
Risk factors for serious side effects
CafergotTopamax
Coming soon.
  • History of depression
    • Children
    • History of metabolic disorders
    • People also taking Depakote
    • Low-carb diet
    • Dehydration
    • Drug interactions
      • Stopping Qudexy Xr (Topiramate) suddenly
      Detailed Qudexy Xr (Topiramate) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy

      Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

      Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      Kidneys and liver
      CafergotTopamax
      No kidneys and liver related info.
      • A few people will get kidney stones.
      • Qudexy Xr (Topiramate) may increase your risk for kidney stones. Stay well-hydrated to lower your risk.
      Weight
      CafergotTopamax
      No weight related info.
      • Can cause sleepiness, speech problems, tingling sensations, and weight loss.
      Upsides and benefits
      CafergotTopamax
      Coming soon
      • Used on its own or with other antiepileptic medicines to lower the frequency of seizures, especially for people with tonic-clonic or partial seizures, or Lennox-Gestaut syndrome.
      • Helpful in preventing frequent migraine headaches.
      • Doesn't need routine blood tests.
      Downsides and risks
      CafergotTopamax
      Coming soon
      • Can cause sleepiness, speech problems, tingling sensations, and weight loss.
      • A few people will get kidney stones.
      • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      CafergotTopamax
      Coming soon
      • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
      • Don't use if pregnant.
      • Can cause tingling skin sensations and reduced appetite.
      • Report any confusion, decreased sweating, fever, or changes in behavior or vision.
      • Takes 3 to 4 weeks to feel full effects on mood.
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      More about CafergotSide effectsFDA package insert
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