Improves mood and relieves certain kinds of pain. Elavil (Amitriptyline) is an older antidepressant that's sometimes used to treat pain and sleep problems, but it can have more side effects than similar medications. 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. Reviews & ratings Everyone Men Women Filter group. All currently selected Everyone Men Women All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ Filter group. All currently selected All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ 4.48 Elavil
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Side effects Elavil Topamax
The Elavil FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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Ear, nose, or throat infection 16%
Weight decrease 7%
Difficulty with concentration/attention 7%
Inflammation inside the nose 5%
Tingling sensation 3%
Infection viral 3%
More Topamax side effects » How it works Elavil Topamax Elavil (Amitriptyline) is a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA). Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It may change serotonin and norepinephrine activity in the brain, which regulates mood and pain perception. It also has sedative effects. 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 Elavil Topamax Prescription only Prescription only Available as Elavil Topamax Pill Extended release capsule Used for Elavil Topamax Risk factors for serious side effects Elavil Topamax › Age 24 years or younger › History of bipolar disorder › At risk for bipolar disorder › History of cardiovascular disease › Age 65 years or older Detailed Elavil (amitriptyline) risks & warnings » › History of depression › Children › History of metabolic disorders › People also taking Depakote › Low-carb diet Detailed Qudexy Xr (topiramate) risks & warnings »
Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.
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 Elavil Topamax No kidneys and liver related info. › Qudexy Xr (Topiramate) may increase your risk for kidney stones. Stay well-hydrated to lower your risk. › A few people will get kidney stones.
Pain Elavil Topamax › Low doses work well to treat certain kinds of chronic pain. It can take 2 weeks to feel the full effects of the medication. No pain related info.
Sleep Elavil Topamax › Can cause dizziness, drowsiness, constipation, and weight gain. No sleep related info.
Weight Elavil Topamax › It's more likely to cause sleepiness, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, and weight gain (1 to 5 pounds) than other antidepressants. › Can cause sleepiness, speech problems, tingling sensations, and weight loss. Upsides and benefits Elavil Topamax › Low doses work well to treat certain kinds of chronic pain. It can take 2 weeks to feel the full effects of the medication. › Low doses of Elavil (Amitriptyline) start working in 45 minutes to help you sleep better. › Six out of every ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them. › 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 Elavil Topamax › When used for depression, Elavil (Amitriptyline) causes more side effects and has a higher risk of overdose than other antidepressants. It's usually used when other medications haven't worked. › It's more likely to cause sleepiness, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, and weight gain (1 to 5 pounds) than other antidepressants. › People age 65 and older have a higher risk for this medication's side effects. › Like most antidepressants, it can cause a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people age 24 and younger. › The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you. › 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 Elavil Topamax › Take at bedtime to avoid some of its side effects. › Can cause dizziness, drowsiness, constipation, and weight gain. › Stop taking it slowly to avoid getting withdrawal symptoms. › Tell your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or unusual thoughts. › 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. Learn more More about Elavil Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert More about Topamax Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert