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MIGRAINE DRUG LINKED TO RISK OF WEAKENING WOMEN’S BONES

May 13th, 2011

A WELL KNOWN DRUG USED TO PREVENT MIGRAINES MAY DO SO AT THE RISK OF WEAKENING WOMEN’S BONES.

In an article published in the medical journal “Headache” and written by the departments of neurology, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology of the University of Toledo College of Medicine, the researchers stated that the anti-epileptic drug, Topiramate (Topamax) reduced bone mineral density in women who used the drug to treat their migraines.

It was found that 53% of women, who had used topiramate, were found to have osteopenia, which is bone loss that is not normal but not yet diagnosable as osteoporosis.

The researchers also found a correlation between the degree of bone loss and the amount of time the women were using the topiramate.

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FDA WARNING: TOPAMAX SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASES THE RISK OF BIRTH DEFECTS IN PREGNANT USERS

March 20th, 2011

FDA Warning-Topiramate High Risk Birth DefectsTopiramate (brand name Topamax) an anti-seizure prescription drug that is also used for migraine prevention, has been found to significantly increase the risk of birth defects when used by pregnant women.

Infants who were exposed to Topamax while in the womb had a 1.4% prevalence of oral clefts (cleft palates) compared to just .38-.55% with other antiepileptic drugs.

Dr. Russell Katz of the FDA states“Before topirmate is prescribed, health care professionals should warn patients of childbearing age about the potential hazard to the fetus if a woman becomes pregnant while taking this drug.”  “Alternative medications that have a lower risk of birth defect should be considered.”

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