6/9/08 #6 - Can a 16 y.o. with chronic daily headaches take Topamax?

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    Can a 16 y.o. with chronic daily headaches take topamax or do you know what she can take? amarrano.
     

     

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    Dear amarrano;

     

    Topamax is one option as a preventive for chronic daily headache (CHD). It may or may not be the best option for her. There are over 100 medications that can be used as preventives for headaches, including CDH, and Migraine. Those used for CHD are generally the same medications used for Migraine prevention. You can find a listing of these options in Migraine preventive medications: too many options to give up!

     

    Explore the various options with her doctor. Ask questions about the medications he or she suggests, including the potential side effects. Then make a decision with her and her doctor. Keep in mind that it can take up to three months of taking a medication to give it a fair try.

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    If you're considering Topamax, I suggest you take a look at the content in our Topamax information section. Topamax needs to be started at a very low dose, usually 25 mg per day, and tapered up, increasing no more than 25 mg per week.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

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Published On: June 09, 2008