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hello , i took topamax for weight loss ( 50mg daily) but after 2-3 weeks when my hair started to fall off i suddenly stopped taking it without decreasing dosage (i made a big mistake i guess) now it's been 6-7 weeks since i stopped taking it , but my hairloss continues just like when i was taking the drug (no decrease in hair amount). so should i start taking it again and go off of it properly ? thank you

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replied November 6th, 2012
Hair Loss, Hair Disorders Answer A40101

Welcome to ehealthforum and thanks for writing

Topamax is an anticonvulsant drug and is not at all recommended for weight loss. Losing weight is a side effect of the drug. It has various side effects as gastric issues, fatigue, drowsiness, psychological problems, hair loss etc.

Kindly do not take any drug for weight loss as they do more harm then good and are associated with various side effects. There are many medications to improve hair loss like finasteride, dutasteride and topically applied minoxidil but these are available only under prescription and after ruling out other causes of hair loss.

Give your diet an overhaul if you're lacking vital nutrients for growth and switch to foods for healthy hair like food rich in protein, vitamins(mainly vit A and vit C) and other micronutrient like zinc, iron and copper.Consider visiting a Dermatologist for evaluation.

Take care!

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