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Does topamax make you lose weight: Does topiramate cause weight loss?

Does topiramate cause weight loss?

Medically reviewed by Leigh Ann Anderson, PharmD. Last updated on Jan 19, 2023.

Key Points

  • Yes, topiramate (Topamax) has been shown to cause weight loss when used for both seizure control and migraine prevention.
  • Anorexia (loss of appetite), which may contribute to weight loss, has also been reported in studies in both children and adults, although no correlation was made in studies
  • Topiramate (used by itself) is not specifically approved by the FDA for weight loss, but some doctors may prescribe it if you have seizures or migraine and need to lose weight, too. Side effects may hinder its use for weight loss when used alone.
  • Topiramate is available in an extended-release medicine approved for weight loss known as Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate). Phentermine is an appetite suppressant (anorexiant) with characteristics similar to amphetamine. Qsymia is used along with diet and exercise to treat people who are either obese, or overweight with other risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol or type 2 diabetes.

What is topiramate used for?

Topiramate is classified as an anticonvulsant (seizure) medication.

  • Topiramate is a prescription medication, taken alone or with other drugs to control certain types of seizures due to epilepsy. Topiramate is used for the treatment of partial-onset seizures, primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, and seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.
  • It is also used for the prevention of migraine headaches. Topiramate will not stop a migraine once it has started.

Brand names for topiramate available in the U.S. include Topamax, Trokendi XR, Topamax Sprinkle (discontinued), and Qudexy XR. Uses and dosage forms differ among products, and may not be interchangeable.

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Did weight loss occur in studies with topiramate?

Yes, weight loss was reported in studies of both children and adults. In general, weight loss was seen in 6% to 17% of patients, and tended to increase with higher doses.


Seizure control – Side effects were assessed in patients 16 years and older taking topiramate (Topamax) alone (without other seizure medicines) at two doses: 50 mg/day or 400 mg/day. Weight loss and loss of appetite (anorexia) were two of the most commonly reported side effects.

In the patients taking the lower 50 mg/day dose of topiramate, weight loss occurred in 6% of patients, and in the higher 200 mg/day dose, weight loss was reported in 17% of patients. Anorexia (loss of appetite), which may lead to weight loss, was also seen in 4% and 14% of patients, respectively.

When topiramate (Topamax) was studied in adults who used it in addition to other medicines (adjunctive treatment) for seizure control, weight loss occurred in 9% of patients receiving 200 mg/day to 400 mg/day, and 3% of those taking a placebo (an inactive pill). In children, these numbers were 9% and 1%, respectively.

Migraine prevention – In adults using doses of 50 mg/day for migraine prevention, 6% of patients experienced weight loss, while in the 100 mg/day group, 9% of patients reported weight loss. In contrast, 1% of patients in the placebo group lost weight. Anorexia occurred in 9% to 15% of those taking topiramate, but also occurred in 6% of those taking a placebo.


Seizures – In children 6 to 15 years of age taking the 50 mg/day dose of topiramate (Topamax) for seizures, weight loss was seen in 7% of patients. In the higher dosage group (400 mg/day) weight loss occurred in 17% of children. Anorexia (loss of appetite) was not reported in either dose group for children 6 to 15 years old.

Migraine prevention – In adolescents 12 to 17 years of age, weight loss occurred in 7% (50 mg/day dose) and 4% (100 mg/day) compared to 2% in the placebo group. Anorexia occurred in 9% to 10% of patients taking topiramate and 4% of those taking a placebo.

Treatment discontinuation with topiramate

Weight loss is not listed in the product label as a common reason why patients discontinued treatment with topiramate (Topamax).

In studies, some patients stopped treatment due to other side effects.

  • In adults 16 years and older in the high dose group (400 mg/day), 21% of patients stopped treatment due to difficulty with memory, fatigue, asthenia (weakness), insomnia (difficulty sleeping), somnolence (extreme drowsiness), and paresthesia (pins and needles or tingling feeling in extremities).
  • In children 6 to 15 years of age in the high dose group (400 mg/day), 14% of patients stopped treatment due to difficulty with concentration/attention, fever, flushing, and confusion.

Topiramate is linked with many other side effects, including nausea, stomach pain, and taste perversion, which may impact weight loss or anorexia.

This is not all the information you need to know about topiramate for safe and effective use. Review the full topiramate (Topamax) information here, and discuss this and any questions you have with your doctor or other health care provider.


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Toperimate weight loss: Achieve sustainable weight loss

If you’re trying to lose weight, chances are you’ve traveled down the interweb’s rabbit holes researching any and all prescription medications for weight loss and over-the-counter supplements. It’s easy to get lost in Google—you’ve likely read about and tried every diet out there. You may have come across the prescription drug topiramate (or Topamax).

Topiramate is an anticonvulsant medication used to treat certain seizures, epilepsy, and migraines. Ongoing research is also being done on its efficacy in treating alcoholism, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and binge-eating disorder. The drug was first synthesized in 1979 and received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996 as an antiepileptic drug.

As more and more patients started taking topiramate, the medical community began noticing weight loss as a side effect of topiramate. They were intrigued by the idea it might help treat conditions like overweight and obesity, and asked: Could topiramate help reverse this growing epidemic?

In 2012, after years of clinical trials, the FDA approved Qsymia—a controlled-release combo of topiramate and phentermine—for weight management. Phentermine (another medication that you may be familiar with) helps activate the sympathetic nervous system and can suppress appetite. Combined with topiramate, the duo may also increase energy expenditure—meaning the number of calories your body burns. 

We’re here to answer your questions if you’re curious about topiramate weight loss and its possible side effects. Let’s get to it. 

Topiramate weight loss and obesity

Obesity has almost tripled since 1975, according to the World Health Organization, and excess weight has been linked to an estimated 3 million deaths annually worldwide. It’s one of the leading contributors to preventable deaths in the United States. These numbers are one of the reasons drugs like topiramate are being prescribed off-label to support weight loss—in addition to diet and exercise.

Topiramate by itself can be prescribed off-label as a weight loss drug. A paper on the first clinical trial for use of the drug for obesity, published in 2003,  found that topiramate produced significant weight loss in participants. Among 385 healthy obese participants, those on topiramate lost an average of 6.3 percent of their body weight over 24 weeks, compared to a placebo group that dropped only 2.6 percent. 

Perhaps even more intriguing: The people in the study taking topiramate didn’t plateau during the study, which suggests that the weight management benefits would continue (though it may mean taking the medication for an extended period of time to get the maximum results). 

Topiramate weight loss: possible side effects

With any medication you take, there are risks of side effects. Truth be told, weight loss is a side effect of the topiramate in and of itself. So when taking this medication, if you suffer from overweight or obesity, losing weight is the most common side effect you’ll experience while on it. 

But, although rare, there are other serious side effects we want you to be aware of when taking topiramate for weight loss. Contact your health care provider immediately if they do happen: 

  • Blurred vision

  • Paresthesia (burning, prickling, or tingling sensations)

  • Dizziness

  • Drowsiness

  • Eye redness or pain

  • Generalized slowing of mental and physical activity

  • Increased eye pressure

  • Memory problems

  • Menstrual changes or pain

  • Nervousness

  • Kidney stones

  • Speech or language problems

  • Trouble concentrating or paying attention

  • Unusual tiredness or weakness

  • Dry mouth

What not to take and what to avoid with topiramate

We totally get it; after reading the side effects, you may be thinking ehhhh is this drug right for me? The best person to consult may be your Found health care provider. They’ll be able to cover the side effects of using topiramate for weight loss in-depth. They’ll also be able to talk about what other medications and supplements you shouldn’t take when on topiramate. In addition, here are some lifestyle guidelines to keep in mind: 

Don’t get dehydrated. The FDA cautions that in some cases during clinical trials, patients didn’t sweat normally, and their base temperature increased. Drink plenty of water. Also, if you feel warmer than normal, tell your doctor right away.

Steer clear of ketogenic (keto) diets. A keto plan is essentially high in fat and low in carbohydrates. Taking topiramate can cause metabolic acidosis—in other words, too much acid in the body, while a keto diet can cause ketoacidosis, leading to even more acid. And too much acid can cause kidney stones, kidney disease, or even kidney failure. Taking topiramate while following a keto diet could compound the problem and increase the risk of acid overload. 

Reduce salt intake. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases warns that sodium can increase the risk of developing kidney stones. (Check out the keto info above.) So it’s best to watch how much salt you’re getting in your diet to avoid upping your risk of kidney stones. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends less than 2,300 mg of salt daily—that’s about one teaspoon a day.

Watch out for certain birth control pills. A small study published in 1997 in the journal of the International League Against Epilepsy, Epilepsia, looked at the efficacy of oral contraceptives among women taking topiramate. Researchers found that while the birth control pill was still just as effective, they did see some breakthrough bleeding between periods. However, more recent studies suggest that topiramate may reduce the effectiveness of estrogen-containing contraceptives. You may want to consider progestin-only birth control. Similarly, if you’re pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, in 2011 the FDA issued a warning that data showed an increased risk of cleft lip or palate with women treated with topiramate.  

Again, be sure to tell your health care provider your entire medical history and any medication or supplements you’re on for guidance on what not to take with topiramate.

Topiramate dosage for weight loss

Studies indicate that topiramate can be taken in low doses—typically 25 mg—to begin with to see how well your body tolerates it. It can be bumped up to 50 mg daily. The doses are taken evenly, twice a day, and are typically increased weekly.

A study in the International Journal of Obesity found that 60 weeks of treatment led to an average of more than 9 percent loss in body weight while taking 192 mg of topiramate daily. Researchers concluded that lower doses of topiramate for weight loss may have a beneficial result over a longer period of time. As a note, this study looked at topiramate taken alone, finding people can lose weight on lower doses and in combination with behavior change. But of course, the effective dose varies in individuals.

The medication is also offered in an extended-release form called topiramate XR. It comes in the same daily dose as the original medication but only needs to be taken once a day. So, like all of us, if life gets busy, it may be easier for you to remember to take that one dose daily instead of two times a day for topiramate weight loss.

Topiramate weight loss: what’s the verdict?

It’s clear topiramate weight loss is real and is worth considering when choosing what weight loss medication is right for you. 

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Topamax for weight loss: safety and effectiveness | SingleCare – Product Information

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Product Information

Topamax is the brand name for a generic drug called topiramate. It is technically classified as an anticonvulsant, which is used to treat conditions such as epilepsy, but is also used to treat other conditions such as migraine and bipolar disorder. Topamax is great for treating these conditions, but many people taking it will experience weight loss as a major side effect. Let’s take a closer look at how safe and effective Topamax is and how it affects weight loss.

Topamax slimming

Topamax is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment and prevention of epilepsy. migraine, but the prescription drug is also well known for causing weight loss. While weight loss may be a positive benefit of taking Topamax, the FDA has not approved it for weight loss alone.

Topamax causes weight loss because it affects appetite. People who take it and have a reduced appetite may feel less hungry and eat less because of it. Studies have shown that Topamax can also speed up metabolism, which means that the body burns calories faster.

Clinical trials have shown that approximately 6%-17% of people taking Topamax experience weight loss, and while many people may see this as an added benefit, too much weight loss is not good. “Most people will experience moderate weight loss from Topamax,” says Kuldip Singh, MD, a Baltimore-based weight loss surgeon and director of the Maryland Bariatric Center at Mercy Medical Center. Rapid weight loss can be unhealthy – it might be time to see a doctor if you’re taking Topamax and this is happening to you. Maintaining a healthy weight is important, and the best way to find out what target weight is best for you is to ask your doctor. Decreasing body weight below your target due to Topamax will be another sign that it’s time to talk to your doctor.

Is it safe to take Topamax for weight loss?

Topamax can sometimes be prescribed off label to help you lose weight. Off-label prescription occurs when a doctor writes someone a prescription for an FDA-approved drug to treat a condition other than the one their patient has. This is legal and often occurs in the medical industry, with an estimated 1 in 5 prescriptions being misused.

A doctor can give someone a prescription for Topamax to help with weight loss or to treat eating disorders such as overeating and purging that lead to weight gain. According to Dr. Singh, in order to be prescribed any weight loss medications, including Topamax, someone must have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.

Studies have shown that people taking Topamax for weight loss lose approximately 11 pounds compared to placebo groups if they take the drug for at least four months, and that the weight loss effect of Topamax increases with both treatment duration and dosage. Studies have also shown that treatment with topiramate can increase the likelihood of statistically significant weight loss by more than sixfold.

Although Topamax can be very effective for weight loss, it is not safe for everyone. The following groups of people should talk to their doctor before taking Topamax because they may have an increased risk of serious side effects if they take it:

  • People with kidney disease
  • People with lung or breathing problems.
  • People with liver disease
  • People with vision problems such as glaucoma
  • People with depression
  • People with suicidal thoughts or behavior
  • People with osteoporosis
  • People with bolic ketoacidosis

It may be safe for pregnant women to take Topamax if the benefits of taking the medicine outweigh the potential risks. It is unlikely that Topamax will or should be given during pregnancy for weight loss purposes. Topamax can cause fetal harm and oral birth defects if taken by pregnant women, so it should be used with caution and only if medically necessary. It is also excreted in breast milk, but it is not known if it will adversely affect breastfeeding. Topamax may reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills, so it is important to discuss the use of non-hormonal methods of contraception with your doctor if you do not want to become pregnant while taking Topamax.

People who are not pregnant and who do not have any of the conditions listed above can safely take Topamax, but they may still experience side effects from taking it. Here are some of the most common side effects of Topamax, other than weight loss:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Numbness
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of coordination
  • 90 036 Paresthesia (burning)

Although rare, Topamax can cause more serious side effects that may require medical attention, such as confusion, memory problems, trouble concentrating, and speech problems. Some people will also experience mental health side effects such as depression, panic attacks, mood changes, and suicidal thoughts or behavior. If you have any of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Another rare side effect of Topamax is vision problems, which can lead to vision changes and blindness, so it’s important to call your doctor if your vision starts to change. This list of side effects is not exhaustive; If you need a complete list of Topamax side effects, ask your doctor or pharmacist for a medication guide.

If Topamax causes too many side effects, know that you have other options. Topamax’s active ingredient, topiramate, is also the main ingredient in the weight loss drug. Qsymia, which is a combination containing phentermine. According to Dr. Singh, Qsymia is one of the best medicines for long-term use in combination with diet and lifestyle changes for weight loss, especially for grade 1 or 2 obese patients. Therefore, if you are unable to take Topamax due to an underlying health problem or because you are experiencing too many side effects, you may want to try asking your healthcare provider about Qsymia or other ways to lose weight.

How to take Topamax to lose weight

Topamax can be taken to promote weight loss and control overeating and detoxification, but it is important to remember that it is not a substitute for visiting a doctor and putting together a comprehensive weight loss plan. If you are interested in taking Topamax, it is best to make an appointment with your doctor to see if it is right for you. Your doctor will perform a complete physical exam and ask about your medical history. If you and your doctor decide that Topamax can safely help you lose weight, you may be able to get a prescription for it.

If you do get a prescription from your doctor, it is important to know how to take Topamax to get the best results. The starting dose of Topamax for weight loss is a low dose of 25mg per day, but this dosage can be increased on a case-by-case basis based on each person’s medical history and how much weight they need to lose.

In a study conducted by Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, patients with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia were given an average of 195mg of topiramate a day lost about 22 pounds over time. This shows that the dosage range of Topamax can vary from low to high, and that doctors can increase or decrease the amount of Topamax someone takes depending on their individual results over time.

It may take some time to see weight loss results from taking Topamax. Some people may not notice a difference until they have been taking the drug for at least four months, while other people may start to lose weight in the first month of taking it. Weight loss results from topiramate have been proven to increase over time.

Topamax can be taken with or without food, usually at the same time each day. It should not be taken at the same time as certain other medicines due to the potential for drug interactions. Here is a list of drugs that Topamax should not be taken with:

  • Antiepileptics
  • Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors
  • CNS depressants
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) 9003 7
  • Pioglitazone
  • Lithium
  • Amitriptyline

In addition to these medicines, Topamax should not be taken with alcohol because it may cause drowsiness, increase the risk of kidney stones and cause metabolic acidosis. Metabolic acidosis is a condition in which too much acid builds up in body fluids and can become life-threatening if left untreated. If you begin to experience rapid breathing, confusion, extreme fatigue, and a rapid heart rate while taking Topamax, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible, as these are signs that you may have metabolic acidosis.

Weight gain after Topamax

When someone stops taking Topamax, they may gain weight over time, especially if they did not combine Topamax with healthy lifestyle changes. In an observational study by the National Library of Medicine, discontinuing Topamax for at least six months showed a trend towards a return to baseline weight. Thus, people are more likely to return to what they weighed before they started taking Topamax, but this may take some time.

This return to original weight can occur because the body no longer experiences decreased appetite and accelerated metabolism. The best way to maintain weight after stopping Topamax is to make healthy lifestyle changes that will support you on your weight loss journey.

5 Safe Ways to Lose Weight

Topamax may be helpful in your weight loss journey if approved by your doctor, but it is not the only way to lose weight. Lifestyle changes can help you lose weight and keep it off so you can enjoy the benefits of weight loss without taking Topamax, during or after taking it. Here are some of the safest ways to lose weight.

1. Improve your eating habits.

Eating healthy is one of the safest and best ways to lose weight. Being mindful of what and how much you eat will help you lose weight if you do it right. For the best advice on what to eat to lose weight, you should talk to your doctor, but making some small changes, like eating more fruits and vegetables, can be a great start.

Processed foods, refined carbohydrates, sugar, and alcohol are all examples of foods that can cause weight gain. Fresh fruits, vegetables, and high-quality proteins like salmon, beans, and eggs are all great examples of foods that the body can easily process for vital nutrients.

2. Exercise regularly.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), exercise not only helps control weight, it also lowers high blood pressure, reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, and may even reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. People vary in how much exercise they need to lose weight, so it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about how often you should exercise. Some great weight loss exercises include walking, cycling, swimming, and strength training.

3. Reduce stress.

Stress is associated with many health problems such as anxiety and depression. Feeling stressed can lead to emotional overeating, which can lead to weight gain over time. Finding ways to reduce stress can help you lose weight. You can do meditation, yoga, take a walk, or call a friend or family member. You can also ask your doctor or psychologist about proven ways to reduce stress that will fit into your lifestyle.

4. Get enough sleep.

According to the Sleep Foundation, lack of sleep can increase appetite and lead to metabolic disorders. Getting enough sleep can help your body function properly and give you more energy for things like exercise to help you lose weight. Getting enough sleep can also reduce your stress levels, which will help you control any overeating urges.

5. Try safe diet pills and dietary supplements.

There are countless diet pills and supplements on the market that claim to cause weight loss, such as Hydroxycut and glucomannan, but they should not be used as a substitute for healthy lifestyle changes. According to Dr. Singh, when people go for weight loss drugs, most of them do it because it’s easy to do. If someone first seriously changes their lifestyle and eating habits, they will indeed see a significant improvement with Topamax or other weight loss medications. Mood is the most important thing. Medicines cannot replace proper nutrition and exercise.

Dosage of Topamax for weight loss – Diet

What is the correct dosage of Topamax for weight loss? The answer is not simple – it depends on a number of factors. When considering the dosage of Topamax for weight loss, one must consider the risks associated with taking the medication versus its benefits.

What is Topamax?

Topamax (drug name topimirate) is a prescription anticonvulsant drug that acts on the frontal cortex of the brain. Topamax is primarily used to treat epilepsy, however there are several off-label uses including migraine prevention, treatment of bipolar disorder, and weight loss.

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While scientists aren’t entirely sure how Topamax works, it’s believed that it can actually rewire the part of the brain that controls addiction and also calms excitable nerves, among other things.

How does Topamax promote weight loss?

During clinical trials of Topamax for the treatment of epileptic seizures, many patients in the trial were found to lose weight. This side effect occurs due to several different properties of the drug.

  • Patients often find that the taste of food has changed in such a way that it is much less palatable. This is especially noticeable in high-fat foods, sugary foods, and carbonated drinks.
  • In many patients, even small doses of Topamax significantly reduce or completely eliminate appetite. Topamax patients often need to be reminded to eat or plan meals so they don’t forget to eat right.
  • Topamax seems to act on the addictive centers of the brain, removing the addictive motives. Because many overweight people are addicted to food, Topamax can eliminate this addictive craving.

Side effects of Topamax

While all of the above may sound like a dream come true to people desperate to lose weight, Topamax is a powerful drug and weight loss can come at a cost. Some side effects of Topamax include:

  • Brain fog and loss of mental alertness/intelligence (Topamax is sometimes referred to as “dopamax” due to the prevalence of this side effect).
  • Dizziness
  • Kidney stones
  • Paresthesia (tingling) of the extremities, especially the hands and feet, although it can also occur on the face and other parts of the body.
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Inability to pay attention
  • Problems with coordination
  • Nausea
  • Loss of memory – especially word access disorder, which makes it difficult to find the right word at the right time.
  • Dry mouth
  • Back pain
  • Hair loss

What is the correct dosage of Topamax for weight loss

The dosage of Topamax for weight loss can be from 25 mg per day or up to 800 mg per day – usually divided into two doses. Due to side effects, most physicians (and drug manufacturers) recommend gradually increasing the dose, starting with a minimum dose of 25 mg and gradually increasing the dose over several weeks. Your doctor will work with you to determine the most effective dose.

Other factors to consider

When choosing Topamax for weight loss, you can take into account the following:

  • The use of Topamax for weight loss is not for its intended purpose. Clinical trials to identify Topamax as a weight loss drug were actually completed prematurely as it was determined that the side effects of Topamax were not well tolerated by patients using it for weight loss.
  • Many insurers do not cover prescription drugs.
  • Patients taking doses greater than 200 mg per day should reduce the dose of the drug if they decide to stop taking it. Abrupt discontinuation of Topamax at doses above this level may cause seizures even in patients who have never had seizures.
  • When you stop taking Topamax, your appetite and food cravings return. It is important to learn proper nutrition and exercise strategies to support weight loss.
  • Many patients report weight loss/appetite loss only during the first course of treatment. If you stop taking Topamax and then restart it, the results will not necessarily be the same.
  • According to the Topamax package insert, only 16 percent of those who take it lose weight; however, some side effects occur in more than 50 percent of patients.