Topiramate is a drug of first choice which has shown great effects in studies. It was a bit surprising and very interesting that the change in number of migraine attacks was almost similar in all three groups.
(PRWEB) December 07, 2011
The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation whose team of professional consumer advocates dedicates itself to alerting the public to the potential dangers of certain prescription medications, hereby alerts the public to the results of a Swedish study that analyzed and compared different strategies for preventing the onset of migraine headaches. The study concluded that following a regular routine of exercise was just as effective in preventing migraine headaches as using topiramate, the active ingredient in Topamax, and those subjects who exercised avoided the risk of Topamax side effects.
Specifically, this study was performed by researchers at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology at the University of Gothenburg and it was led by Dr. Emma Varkey. The results of the study appeared in the journal known as Cephalalgia. The study assigned subjects to one of three different routines designed to prevent the onset of migraine headaches: exercising on an exercise bike for 40 minutes three times per week, engaging in relaxation therapy and taking topiramate, the active ingredient in Topamax, a medication that’s used to prevent migraine headaches.
The study found that all three groups experienced a similar reduction in the number of migraine headaches that they had previously endured, and the main difference between the three groups of subjects was that 33 percent of those who were in the topiramate group had to drop out of the study because of the development of Topamax side effects. “Topiramate is a drug of first choice which has shown great effects in studies. It was a bit surprising and very interesting that the change in number of migraine attacks was almost similar in all three groups,” said Dr. Varkey.
Topamax is a medication that’s manufactured by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, and it was originally approved for use in the United States by the FDA in 1996. Topamax is considered an anticonvulsant medication that is often prescribed for the prevention of epileptic seizures and migraine headaches. Previous allegations of Topamax side effects involved the tendency for children of mothers who used Topamax while pregnant to be born with birth defects, but the Topamax side effects encountered in this study included numbness or tingling, fatigue, depressed mood, vertigo and constipation.
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