I rarely drink, but when I do I seem fine and then BAM!!! And I will wake rarely remembering the last half hour of the previous evening... I want to be able to enjoy an occasional adult beverage, but is it even possible with this medication?
Let me share with you the interaction warning with topamax and alcoholic beverages:
ethanol ↔ topiramate
Applies to: Alcohol (contained in alcoholic beverages) (ethanol), Topamax (topiramate)
GENERALLY AVOID: Topiramate, when coadministered with other CNS depressants including alcoholic beverages, may lead to excessive somnolence and other forms of nervous system depression.
MANAGEMENT: The patient should be informed to avoid alcohol or to use caution if these agents are coadministered, especially if performing hazardous tasks such as driving or operating machinery.
If these two substances cause you to "black out", then I would say stay away from the alcohol. While you might be okay to have one, too much alcohol can cause your breathing and heart rate to decrease below safe levels aside from the not remembering what you did the day after.
Best to learn to drink non alcoholic beverages and enjoy yourself than take the chance of hurting yourself.
I agree completely with the above poster. I wanted to add that sometimes when you are taking a product that shouldn't be mixed with anything else because a sleepiness side effect, you could have amnesiac episodes as well. It is almost like (in my completely layman's terms) your "brain" has fallen asleep but your body hasn't, so you can continue doing tasks. I had this happen a lot, and it was extremely confusing to me how I had conversations with people and not remember one thing about them. That was without even adding alcohol to the mix!
I hope you choose to stay safe and not mix alcohol with Topamax. For more information about Topamax and what effects have been reported post market, look for the Professional documentation on Drugs.com for it. It could be quite helpful for you.
Take care - TC
I am going on vacation in a week with a group of friends in about a week, at least one day, we all plan on having several drinks. Would it hurt anything if I quit taking Topamax (I'm on 100 mg) the 3 days of vacation and then start taking it again when back home?
What bout non alcoholic beer?
One of topiramate alternative functions is treatment for alcoholism. While it's still being studied there are multiple sources you can review as to the effects of alcohol and topiramate in the brain.
- Topamax Information for Consumers
- Topamax Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Topamax (detailed)
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