... instructed by a psychiatrist in my neurologist's office to skip two doses of Topiramate. I had experienced blurred vision, pain around the eyes and dizziness for about three days before calling and only waited to call because I completely forgot that Topiramate may affect one's vision. It is about two hours after the time I normally take my morning dosage (the second one skipped) and I am experiencing moderate nausea and I keep thinking I feel my heart speed up. I do not want to take it until tonight (as instructed, and I will be taking it a little earlier than usual) but I want to make sure neither of these symptoms are dangerous. Does anyone know anything about Topiramate withdrawal? The doctor told me not to worry about the risk of seizures but can it be dangerous otherwise?
10 Nov 2015
Neither of the symptoms you describe are serious.
Changes in vision and eyesight problems are a common side effect of Topiramate and a symptom of topiramate withdrawal. In most cases changes in vision return to normal over time after topiramate is withdrawn.
Nausea is a common withdrawal symptom. The nausea is typically not overwhelming and will likely subside within a week or two of stopping topiramate.
Anxiety is also common when you are reducing or discontinuing this medicine. Again this should settle in time.
Best advice is to keep in constant contact with your doctor. All the best.
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