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13 yr old is unable to learn, concentrate on keppra, topamax

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My daughter is 13 years old. She is very smart, makes straight A's and strives to do her best. She loves knowledge. She also plays piano and clarinet. She has epilepsy and had been taking Keppra. It was doing real good, but now she is started to have seizures again. They gave us Topamax to take along with the Keppra. They told me to give her 50mg 2x a day. After 3 days of giving her the meds. she was having a lot of side affects, like not being able to remember her notes while playing piano, shortness of breath, and confusion. I called the Dr. and they told me to stop meds for day and a half and start at 25 mg 1x a day for a week and work our way up. My question is, will she still have this memory loss and not able to concentrate when she gets up to the 50 mg amount? She got very frustrating since she could not play the piano her normal way. She can not handle not being able to learn and not being able to play her instruments. Please help.


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replied July 29th, 2014
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Thank you for consulting e-healthforum. The problems you are describing are typical for this medications. The changes aren't permanent and will subside if she is off Topamax. You should discuss it with your doctor. It might be reasonable to consider other medications since she cannot tolerate this one.


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