Study Reveals That Topamax Increases the Risk of Glaucoma for Patients Using it for Migraines, the Consumer Justice Foundation Reports

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The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation whose Web site URL can be found at, is a team of professional consumer advocates whose mission is to provide free online educational resources to the public regarding the potential dangers of using certain prescription medications. The CJF hereby reports that a recent Topamax study revealed that using the drug for migraine headaches could lead to an increased risk in the development of glaucoma.

The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation whose team of professional consumer advocates that provides free online educational resources for consumers concerning the potential dangers regarding using certain prescription medications, hereby reports that a new study regarding Topamax has been completed and its results released. These results indicate that people who took part in this trial and used Topamax for migraine headaches faced an increased risk of developing glaucoma.

Specifically, this study was entitled “Use of topiramate and risk of glaucoma: a case-control study.” The study was published in the May, 2012 issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, and it was led by Dr. M. Etminan and two colleagues at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. The study concerned the specific use of Topamax for treatment of migraine headaches and the possible risks of developing Topamax side effects.

The study involved participants using Topamax, and they were divided into groups that included those who were using Topamax for the first time and those who were current users of Topamax. Their use was tracked and the results indicated that the use of topiramate, which is the active ingredient in Topamax, increased the risk of glaucoma in current users by 23 percent. The risk more than doubled to 54 percent in first-time users. The researchers believed that this was due to the fact that topiramate increases the risk of intraocular pressure.

About the Consumer Justice Foundation

The Consumer Justice Foundation, whose Web site can be found at, is a for-profit organization that serves two purposes for consumers: (1) to provide educational information regarding the policies and procedures of large corporations and how they affect the average consumer; and (2) to provide news updates and resources that continue to update consumers regarding developments taken by corporations that include pharmaceutical drug companies, auto manufacturers and insurance companies so that consumers who have been harmed can use these informational resources to connect to an experienced professional who can help them. The team at the Consumer Justice Foundation is staffed by experienced and passionate consumer advocates whose mission is to raise the awareness of issues that could pose a risk of harm to those who may not otherwise be aware of the dangers they face.

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