Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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An Effective Treatment for Ptsd is Topamax

Topamax, the brand name of Topiramate, have been approved for the treatment of epilepsy and an indication for the prevention of migraine headaches. Despite that, medical practitioners still prescribed Topamax off-label especially with studies suggesting Topamax effective at Treating Ptsd (post-Traumatic Stress disorder). However, with lawsuits expected to crop up as studies continue to associate Topamax with an increasing number of birth defects, off-label prescription should be done with caution.

The persistence and intensity of symptoms like nightmares and hyper-arousal makes Chronic Ptsd a notoriously difficult illness to treat also particularly because of significant psychiatric comorbidity.Some selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drugs like Zoloft and Paxil have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Treatment Of Ptsd, however, their effects are often limited and introduce problematic side effects like sexual dysfunction and weight gain.

Topamax’ efficacy in Treating Ptsd is supported by growing evidence that it could either be used as an add-on strategy or as a monotherapy with particular value for re-experiencing symptoms such as nightmares. That this evidence is based on only a limited controlled data with only three smaller scale placebo-controlled trials should be given importance. This fact and recent studies linking Topamax to serious birth defects years after it was approved by FDA as a treatment for epilepsy should make both prescribers and patients take notice.

Studies suggesting that women taking Topamax during pregnancy are putting their infants at high risk for birth defects were released in the United Kingdom in 2008. Topamax manufacturer Johnson and Johnson failed to change the medication’s pregnancy warnings until this year when the FDA released information about it despite studies done in the U.S. For not publicizing the warnings early, Johnson and Johnson could be facing lawsuits which could be filed by families who have been affected or suffered the side effects of the antiepileptic drug Topamax.

Infants being at high risk for cleft lip and cleft palate and the genital birth defect known as hypospadias are among the Topamax side effects suggested in the studies. The discovery of this side effects should be enough warning against Topamax off-label prescription such as for Ptsd Treatment.
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