Compare Topamax vs. Cafergot

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Qudexy Xr
(Topiramate)

Cafergot
(Ergotamine / Caffeine)

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.Coming soon.
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Reviews for Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
54%
of people (All ages) say Qudexy Xr (Topiramate) is worth it
52%
say it works well
33%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
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  • Tingling sensation 45%
  • Slowed-down thinking and movements 19%
  • Dizziness 17%
  • Drowsiness 17%
  • Fatigue 17%
  • Change in taste 14%
  • Difficulty with concentration/attention 13%
  • Nervousness 12%
  • Difficulty with memory 11%
  • Vision abnormal 11%
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We haven’t found good data for Cafergot side effects.

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How it works
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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.Coming soon.
Type of medication
TopamaxCafergot
AnticonvulsantPrescription only
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Available as
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  • Pill
  • Extended release capsule
  • Pill
  • Suppository
Used for (click to learn more)
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  • Migraine Vascular headache
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • 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 »
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      Pregnancy

      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.

      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.

      Kidneys and liver
      TopamaxCafergot
      • A few people will get kidney stones.
      • Qudexy Xr (Topiramate) may increase your risk for kidney stones. Stay well-hydrated to lower your risk.
      No kidneys and liver related info.
      Weight
      TopamaxCafergot
      • Can cause sleepiness, speech problems, tingling sensations, and weight loss.
      No weight related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      TopamaxCafergot
      • 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.
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      Downsides and risks
      TopamaxCafergot
      • 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.
      Coming soon
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      TopamaxCafergot
      • 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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