While the epileptic drug Topamax is already being prescribed as an off-label treatment for bipolar disorder, some doctors seem to think that the drug can be used to treat post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well.
So far, some studies have suggested that Topiramate (brand name Topamax) can be useful at treating PTSD. In a study published at the University of Washington back in 2001, Topamax had a “marked effect on patients reducing and even eliminating trauma-related intrusive memories and nightmares and normalizing depressed mood.”
However, it should be noted that this information was based on a preliminary finding; it offers enough proof of the drug’s efficacy to warrant more studies. However, doctors should be wary of offering it to a patient suffering from PTSD — especially if the patient is a pregnant woman.
So far, early research is suggesting that Topamax may be effective at PTSD and 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.” The study referenced is based on research which was conducted on limited controlled data that involved three smaller-scale placebo-controlled trials. It is for this reason that doctors should be nervous about trying to prescribe Topamax for PTSD.
Topamax has gone under fire recently as it has been linked with various birth defects including heart, lung and brain problems as well as cleft lip/palate. Pregnant women and women thinking about becoming pregnant should definitely not be prescribed Topamax as a treatment for anything including epilepsy or PTSD. If your baby has suffered from Topamax birth defects, contact attorney Greg Jones today for a free consultation. I am experienced at fighting drug injury cases and may be able to help you recover money for your child’s medical expenses.