Topamax Side Effects Lawsuits – Manhattan, New York

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The prescription medication Topamax (topiramate) and its generic versions are in a class of medications called anticonvulsants. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Topamax, alone or in conjunction with other medications, for the treatment of seizures in people diagnosed with epilepsy or Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

The FDA also approved this drug for the prevention of migraine headaches. According to WebMD, since the FDA approved Topamax for the prevention of migraine headaches in 2004, the drug has become one of the most widely prescribed drugs for this condition. Women, especially those in their childbearing years, are more likely to suffer migraine headaches than men are.

Physicians have also prescribed Topamax for “off-label” or unapproved uses, such as for the management of alcohol dependence, bipolar disorders, eating disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and sleep disorders.

Those who took Topamax or generic equivalent and experienced serious or fatal adverse side effects, including Topamax birth defects, may be eligible for compensation for their injury or loss through a Topamax side effects lawsuit.

Topamax Side Effects

People taking this medication may experience serious and potentially fatal Topamax side effects, including Topamax birth defects. If you are currently taking this drug and experiencing any of the Topamax side effects below or are concerned about the risks of Topamax birth defects for your unborn child, it is important to consult with your doctor.

Topamax side effects can include eye problems such as a sudden decrease in vision, that may or may not be accompanied by eye pain and redness, and increased pressure within the eye, both which could result in the permanent loss of vision if left untreated.

Topamax can also cause suicidal thoughts or actions. According to the FDA, people taking Topamax have nearly twice the risk of suicidal behavior or ideation than those taking a placebo. Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts or actions, or new or increased depression, anxiety, panic attacks, restlessness, insomnia, irritability, aggression or an extreme increase in activity or talking (mania) after taking this drug should contact their doctor immediately.

Despite animal studies and a 2008 study of epileptic women showing harm to fetuses exposed to Topamax, makers of the drug did not warn of Topamax birth defects risk until the FDA recently changed this drug to a Category D, indicating there is data showing adverse Topamax side effects on unborn fetuses, and required an update to the drug labeling.

Women who are pregnant or become pregnant while taking this drug have increased risk of having a baby with Topamax birth defects affecting the oral cleft, including cleft lip and/or cleft palate. Oral clefts are birth defects that occur when parts of the lip or palate do not completely fuse together early in the first trimester of pregnancy, a time when women may not yet know they are pregnant. Because Topamax may reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives and therefore increase the risk of unexpected pregnancy, women who are not advised to take additional preventative measures to ensure contraception against pregnancy before taking this drug may become pregnant with a fetus at risk of Topamax birth defects. The FDA does not prohibit doctors from prescribing Topamax to pregnant women or women of childbearing age, but allows doctors to decide if benefits outweigh risks. However, there are alternative medications that do not carry the same risks as these Topamax birth defects.

People should not stop taking Topamax (topiramate) without consulting with their doctor.

Do I have a Topamax Side Effects Lawsuit?

Only a lawyer experienced in Topamax side effects lawsuits, or Topamax birth defects lawsuits, can determine if you have a valid case. The merits or your particular case will affect the amount of your potential award. Our firm will fight to recover for the highest award possible for you. The law firm of Proner & Proner represents people nationwide what have suffered injury from this drug. Fill out our contact form today for a free legal consultation with our lawyers to learn your legal rights.


Last year we recovered over $15 million for our clients. With that money, our clients are able to pay their medical bills. They are getting their lives back on track after serious injuries and they are holding to account the people who wrongfully injured them.


$1,100,000.00 - Female, 35: Motorcyclist hit by oncoming traffic

Our client was riding on the back of a motorcycle going south when the defendant heading north made a left hand turn in front of the client, causing the accident.
Injuries: Fractured left leg which required surgery

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$5,100,000.00 - Female, 43: Cyclist hit by truck

Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk. Our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Catastrophic injuries to entire right side of body below the waist resulting in amputation of the right leg and hind quarter; bladder rupture; multiple rib and spinal fractures.

$3,500,000.00 - Female, 33: Serious personal injury

Our client fell down the stairs and was knocked unconscious at a New York City
subway station.
Injuries: Fractured skull, subsequent seizure disorder.

$4,300,000.00 - Male, 63: Pedestrian hit by bus

Our client was crossing a street when a bus hit a car and the car spun and hit him.
Injuries: Traumatic brain injury; fractured shoulder.

$750,000.00 - Male, 35: Workers' compensation

Our client was changing a pump strainer on a hot air furnace when he stepped on a board and fell through the ceiling.
Injuries: Herniated disc which required surgery.