Equivalent for Topamax without memory loss side effect?

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What is a medication that treats severe migraines that is equivalent Topamax, but does not have the memory loss side effect? Zahra.


Dear Zahra;

Most of the medications of that type have the potential for some cognitive side effects, but Topamax does seem to be one of the worst. There are several others you can discuss with your doctor, including:

  • zonisamide (brand name Zonegran)
  • divalproex sodium (brand name Depakote)
  • gabapentin (brand name Neurontin)

You can find a full listing in _Migraine preventive medications - too many options to give up! _

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