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These medications are comparable to Qudexy Xr (Topiramate) or used for similar purposes.

Qudexy Xr
(Topiramate)

Lamictal
(Lamotrigine)

Tegretol
(Carbamazepine)

Neurontin
(Gabapentin)

Imitrex
(Sumatriptan)

Inderal
(Propranolol)

Depacon
(Valproate, Valproic Acid, Or Divalproex)

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.Prevents seizures and stabilizes mood. Lamictal (Lamotrigine) is most useful for treating severe seizure disorders, and for bipolar disorder with more depression symptoms than manic symptoms. Just be careful to increase your dose slowly to avoid skin rash.Prevents seizures, stabilizes mood, and relieves nerve pain. Tegretol (Carbamazepine) is useful for preventing seizures and relieving certain types of nerve pain, but interacts with many drugs.Treats tingling and burning nerve pain. Neurontin (Gabapentin) is an old seizure disorder medicine that's now used to treat nerve-related pain caused by different conditions.Treats migraine headaches. Imitrex (Sumatriptan) is an excellent choice for acute migraine relief, but you might need another medication to prevent headaches.Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Inderal (Propranolol) is good for treating many heart problems and other problems in the body, but it has more side effects than other beta blockers. You can't miss doses.Prevents seizures and stabilizes mood. Depacon (Valproate, Valproic Acid, Or Divalproex) is good long-term prevention for epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and migraines, but can cause weight gain.
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4.604166666666667Topamax
Reviews for Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
54%
of people say Qudexy Xr (Topiramate) is worth it
52%
say it works well
33%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Lamictal (Lamotrigine)
67%
+13% vs. Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
58%
+6% vs. Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
19%
+14% vs. Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
Reviews for Tegretol (Carbamazepine)
58%
+4% vs. Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
42%
10% vs. Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
21%
+12% vs. Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
Reviews for Neurontin (Gabapentin)
57%
+3% vs. Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
39%
13% vs. Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
19%
+14% vs. Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
Reviews for Imitrex (Sumatriptan)
77%
+23% vs. Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
73%
+21% vs. Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
15%
+18% vs. Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
Reviews for Inderal (Propranolol)
62%
+8% vs. Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
58%
+6% vs. Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
17%
+16% vs. Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
Reviews for Depacon (Valproate, Valproic Acid, Or Divalproex)
46%
8% vs. Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
39%
13% vs. Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
27%
+6% vs. Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
Side effects
TopamaxLamictalTegretolNeurontinImitrexPropranololDepakote
  • 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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  • Double vision 41%
  • Dizziness 27%
  • Lack of muscle coordination 18%
  • Blurred vision 15%
  • Nausea 14%
  • Vomiting 14%
  • Headache 10%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 5%
  • Sleep difficulty 4%
  • Incoordination 4%
More Lamictal side effects »
  • Dizziness 32%
  • Drowsiness 19%
  • Nausea 19%
  • Vomiting 15%
  • Itching 6%
  • Constipation 5%
  • Dry mouth 5%
  • Muscle weakness 4%
  • Blurred vision 4%
  • Rash 3%
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  • Dizziness 21%
  • Drowsiness 16%
  • Lack of muscle coordination 7%
  • Leg or ankle swelling 6%
  • Fatigue 6%
  • Hostility 5%
  • Involuntary eye movement 4%
  • Double vision 4%
  • Tremor 4%
  • Dry mouth 4%
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  • Pain and other pressure sensations 4%
  • Paresthesia (all types) 3%
  • Atypical sensations 2%
  • Chest - pain/tightness/pressure and/or heaviness 1%
  • Pain - location specified 1%
  • Sensation warm/cold 1%
  • Other - pressure/tightness/ heaviness 1%
More Imitrex side effects »
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Fatigue 4%
More Propranolol side effects »
  • Nausea 34%
  • Muscle weakness 20%
  • Vomiting 20%
  • Abdominal pain 17%
  • Dizziness 12%
  • Headache 10%
  • Double vision 7%
  • Involuntary eye movement 7%
  • Lack of muscle coordination 7%
  • Accidental injury 6%
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How it works
TopamaxLamictalTegretolNeurontinImitrexPropranololDepakote
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.Lamictal (Lamotrigine) is an antiepileptic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to calm nerve activity in the brain.Tegretol (Carbamazepine) is an antiepileptic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to block certain kinds of nerve activity to reduce seizures and pain.Neurontin (Gabapentin) is an antiepileptic and nerve pain reliever. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it has a similar structure to GABA, a neurotransmitter that calms nerves in the brain and spinal cord.Imitrex (Sumatriptan) is a triptan medication that treats migraine headaches. It releases serotonin, which lowers the inflammation that causes headaches.Inderal (Propranolol) is an alpha and beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing heart rate, relaxing blood vessels, and lowering the body's fight-or-flight response.Depacon (Valproate, Valproic Acid, Or Divalproex) is an antiepileptic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to increase the amount of GABA, a chemical that calms nerves in the brain.
Type of medication
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AnticonvulsantPrescription only
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AnticonvulsantPrescription only
Anticonvulsant
GABA analog
Prescription only
Antimigraine
Triptan
Prescription only
Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
Prescription only
AnticonvulsantPrescription only
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How well it works for depression
The free Iodine Start program helps people track how well they are improving, and find the right antidepressant faster.
The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Lamictal (Lamotrigine)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Tegretol (Carbamazepine)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Neurontin (Gabapentin)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Imitrex (Sumatriptan)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Inderal (Propranolol)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Depacon (Valproate, Valproic Acid, Or Divalproex)
Risk factors for serious side effects
TopamaxLamictalTegretolNeurontinImitrexPropranololDepakote
  • History of depression
    • Children
    • History of metabolic disorders
    • People also taking Depakote
    • Low-carb diet
    • Dehydration
    • Drug interactions
      • Stopping Qudexy Xr (Topiramate) suddenly
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      Pregnancy category
      TopamaxLamictalTegretolNeurontinImitrexPropranololDepakote
      DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. 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.

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      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      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.

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      DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. 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.

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      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      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.

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      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      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.

      See the FDA package insert
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      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.

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      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.

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      Alcohol
      No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
      • You can't skip or miss doses since suddenly stopping Neurontin (Gabapentin) can cause seizures. This is even more likely if you drink alcohol, so it might not be the best medication for heavy drinkers.
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      Food
      No specific food-related info.
      • Take with food to avoid upset stomach.
      No specific food-related info.
      • Take the extended-release tablet with food.
      No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
      • Take with food to avoid upset stomach.
      Kidneys and liver
      • A few people will get kidney stones.
      • Qudexy Xr (Topiramate) may increase your risk for kidney stones. Stay well-hydrated to lower your risk.
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      Sex
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      Sleep
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      • Neurontin (Gabapentin) is likely to cause some side effects, including memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion.
      • Imitrex (Sumatriptan) can make you drowsy, so avoid activities that need you to be fully alert until you know how it affects you.
      No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
      Weight
      • Can cause sleepiness, speech problems, tingling sensations, and weight loss.
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      • Can cause upset stomach, hair loss, weight gain, sleepiness, and tremor.
      • May cause hair loss and weight gain.
      Upsides and benefits
      TopamaxLamictalTegretolNeurontinImitrexPropranololDepakote
      • 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.
      • Doesn't need routine blood tests.
      • Helpful in preventing frequent migraine headaches.
      • Effective at lowering the frequency of seizures in people with epilepsy or Lennox-Gestaut syndrome. Typically used together with other medications for severe seizure disorders.
      • Works best for partial, tonic-clonic, and absence seizures.
      • A first-line treatment for bipolar disorder. Effective long-term treatment for stabilizing mood. Prevents both depressive and manic episodes, but the effect is greater for preventing depression.
      • Doesn't require routine blood tests.
      • Lowers the frequency of seizures, especially for people with tonic-clonic and partial seizures.
      • First-line option for trigeminal neuralgia (nerve pain involving the face, head, and neck), and can relieve other types of nerve pain.
      • May be helpful in stabilizing mood for people with bipolar disorder.
      • Originally used to treat epilepsy (partial seizures), but now it primarily treats neuropathic pain that's caused by nerve stimulation or damage.
      • Studies show it's most effective for nerve pain from diabetes, shingles, and fibromyalgia (a painful muscle condition).
      • It's available as a generic, so it's less expensive than similar medications.
      • Comes in several forms. Ask your doctor if you should use the pill, nasal spray, patch, or injection.
      • A combination of forms can be used if symptoms do not improve.
      • The nasal spray and injectable forms work very quickly.
      • It's generally safe to use if you are pregnant.
      • Comes in a generic form, so it can be pretty cheap.
      • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
      • A first-choice treatment for heart failure, heart attack, heart valve disorders, and abnormal heart rhythm.
      • Also treats and prevents many non-heart problems, such as tremors, anxiety, migraines, and liver disease symptoms.
      • Lowers the frequency of seizures, especially for people with absence, tonic-clonic, and complex partial seizures.
      • One of the first-line options to stabilize mood for people with bipolar disorder.
      • Helpful in preventing frequent migraine headaches.
      Downsides and risks
      TopamaxLamictalTegretolNeurontinImitrexPropranololDepakote
      • 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.
      • Can cause double vision, dizziness, sleepiness, and headache.
      • Has the risk of a rare but life-threatening rash.
      • Can make hormonal birth control less effective.
      • Might be less effective than other medicines for treating manic episodes (acute mania) in people with bipolar disorder.
      • Interacts with many other medicines and supplements.
      • Higher risk of skin reactions compared to other antiepileptic medicines, ranging from mild to life-threatening rash.
      • Can cause blurry vision, dizziness, and upset stomach.
      • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
      • Requires routine blood tests to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
      • Neurontin (Gabapentin) is likely to cause some side effects, including memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion.
      • You can't skip or miss doses since suddenly stopping Neurontin (Gabapentin) can cause seizures. This is even more likely if you drink alcohol, so it might not be the best medication for heavy drinkers.
      • The oral and nasal versions of Imitrex (Sumatriptan) have an unpleasant after-taste.
      • Does not prevent migraine headaches; it only treats them once they start.
      • Must wait 1 hour before using second injection.
      • Can cause rebound (more) headaches if Imitrex (Sumatriptan) is used too often.
      • Need to have your blood pressure checked often, especially if you're pregnant.
      • Taking a beta blocker might make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some might not go away.
      • Has more side effects than some beta blockers because it crosses into the brain and central nervous system.
      • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have heart failure or heart disease. As a second choice, your doctor might add it to medicines you're already taking if your blood pressure is still too high.
      • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
      • You can't miss doses. Stopping Propranolol suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
      • Can cause upset stomach, hair loss, weight gain, sleepiness, and tremor.
      • Can cause liver damage, so it's probably not safe if you already have liver problems.
      • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
      • Requires routine blood tests to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      TopamaxLamictalTegretolNeurontinImitrexPropranololDepakote
      • Can cause tingling skin sensations and reduced appetite.
      • Report any confusion, decreased sweating, fever, or changes in behavior or vision.
      • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
      • Don't use if pregnant.
      • Takes 3 to 4 weeks to feel full effects on mood.
      • Follow dose adjustments set by your doctor to minimize skin rash.
      • Report rash, blurry vision, fever, persistent headache, or neck stiffness to your doctor.
      • Makes hormonal birth control less effective.
      • Takes 4 to 6 weeks to feel full effects on mood.
      • Take with food to avoid upset stomach.
      • Report skin rashes or blistering immediately.
      • Takes up to 5 weeks to feel full effects on mood.
      • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
      • Don't use if pregnant.
      • Requires routine blood tests.
      • Report confusion, persistent abdominal pain, yellowing of eyes/skin, or easy bruising to your doctor.
      • Side effects are common, but usually manageable.
      • Don't drive while taking Neurontin (Gabapentin) until you know how the medication affects you.
      • Neurontin and generic forms of Gabapentin have the same ingredients as Gralise and Horizant, but are dosed differently. Make sure you know which form you're taking since they are used for different purposes.
      • Take the extended-release tablet with food.
      • Stop taking Neurontin (Gabapentin) slowly over at least one week to avoid getting withdrawal symptoms.
      • Take it as soon as your headache starts.
      • If you use the nasal spray, be sure to blow your nose before using it.
      • If you use the patch, put it on a dry area free of scars, tattoos, or other cuts and scrapes. Be sure to press the button to activate it.
      • If you use the injection, you can use a second injection if you still have a headache after an hour. If you have symptoms 2 hours after the injection, switch to the pill version.
      • Imitrex (Sumatriptan) can make you drowsy, so avoid activities that need you to be fully alert until you know how it affects you.
      • Lie down in a dark room after taking Imitrex (Sumatriptan) to help ease the pain.
      • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
      • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
      • Can cause insomnia and fatigue.
      • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
      • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
      • May cause hair loss and weight gain.
      • Different versions of Depakote have different dosing. Be careful.
      • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
      • Don't use if pregnant.
      • Requires routine blood tests.
      • Take with food to avoid upset stomach.
      • Report confusion, persistent abdominal pain, yellowing of eyes/skin, or easy bruising to your doctor.
      • Takes 3 to 4 weeks to feel full effects on mood.
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