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Has anyone else experienced this side effect?

Has anyone with or without Depression experienced depression symptoms or thoughts of suicide as a side effect of their antiepileptic medication? This happened to me on Topamax. I was weaned off the drug quickly. my doctor is looking for something else. In the meantime I am having daily seizures.
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Hi there,
Every drug is associated with some side effects. Topamax can lead to suicidal thoughts or actions. Anyone on Topamax experiencing suicidal thoughts or actions, increased depression, anxiety, panic attacks, restlessness, insomnia, irritability, aggression or an extreme increase in activity after taking this drug should inform their doctor immediately. You need an alternative antiepileptic at the earliest to reduce the frequency of your seizure attacks.Antiepileptics are prescribed based on the type of seizures. Consult your neurologist.
Take care and regards!
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Hi there,
Every drug is associated with some side effects. Topamax can lead to suicidal thoughts or actions. Anyone on Topamax experiencing suicidal thoughts or actions, increased depression, anxiety, panic attacks, restlessness, insomnia, irritability, aggression or an extreme increase in activity after taking this drug should inform their doctor immediately. You need an alternative antiepileptic at the earliest to reduce the frequency of your seizure attacks.Antiepileptics are prescribed based on the type of seizures. Consult your neurologist.
Take care and regards!
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3547166 tn?1347817600
Thank you for your help. I will contact my Neurologist.
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This drug is dangerous!  My daughter was never depressed, she was getting her license, she was trying out for American Idol, she was a beautiful soul and six weeks after taking this drug, she was dead!  She took her own life! No one ever told me the side effects and I called the doctor every week for the six weeks she was on this medicine and every time all she said was she needs to build her tolerance.  
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