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Topamax can cause obsessive-compulsive disorder
Friday, January 14, 2005 6:39 am Email this article
Topamax (topriamate) can cause obsessive-compulsive disorder according to a case report from Turkey.
A 19-year-old man given Topamax (topriamate) to help control seizures, started exhibiting obsessive-compulsive behavior shortly after he started taking the drug.
Compulsive hand washing and checking
The young man developed a fear of germs or being contaminated followed by compulsive washing and checking.
3-4 hours per day washing hands, etc
He spent 3-4 hours a day checking the stove, doors, washing his hands, and counting according to the report.
Psychiatric disorders are common in people with epilepsy, occurring in more than half of patients (56 percent), however, obsessive-compulsive disorder is rare.
Topamax used for weight loss, but OCD not previously reported
Topamax (topriamate) is being used for weight loss, but this side effect has not been reported previous reported.
Ozkara C, Ozmen M, Erdogan A, Yalug I. Topiramate related obsessive-compulsive disorder. Eur Psychiatry. 2005 Jan, 20(1):78-79.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Department of Neurology
Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty
34230, Istanbul, Turkey
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On Jan 28, 2005 at 12:14 am robert skversky m.d. wrote:
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Larry, I have never seen above side effect with topamax. Interesting that the drug has been used to tread OCD in addition to binge eating disorder. I have seen on rare occasions a "rage type" reaction associated with topamax. dr s
On Jan 28, 2005 at 7:10 am Larry Hobbs wrote:
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Thanks for you input.
It seems like it must be rare since this is the only report of it.
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