Full Question: I have been taking Topamax for three months and I am experiencing a difference in the way my food tastes, an awful metallic taste in my mouth, and painful, tingling sensations in my upper right back area and also on the bottoms of my feet. Could this be due to this medication? Have you heard of others having these difficulties? Thank your for your time. Sherry. Answer: Dear Sherry; Yes, altered taste can be a side effect of Topamax. Tingling of the extremities can also be a side effect of Topamax, but for it to be occurring in the upper back area is not typical. The tingling in your feet might be helped by asking your doctor about a potassium supplement. You do need to mention all of these side effects to your doctor. They may lessen over time. Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert If you need to find a headache and Migraine specialist, please see our listing of patient recommended specialists . About Ask the Clinician :...
An acute upper airway obstruction is a blockage of the upper airway, which can be in the trachea, voice box (laryngeal), or throat (pharyngeal) areas.
Airway obstruction - acute upper
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Causes of acute upper airway obstruction include:
in which the trachea or throat swell closed, including allergic reactions to a bee sting
, peanuts, antibiotics (penicillin), and blood pressure medications (ACE inhibitors)
(infection of the structure separating the trachea from the esophagus)
Fire or burns from breathing in smoke
Foreign bodies -- such as peanuts and other breathed-in foods, pieces of a balloon, buttons, coins, and small toys
Viral or bacteria infections
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