The Philadelphia drug injury lawyers at Feldman & Pinto are evaluating Topamax drug injury cases from people harmed by Topamax side effects.
Topamax is an anti-seizure medication manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Johnson & Johnson) that can have dangerous side effects.
Doctors often prescribe Topamax to:
- treat epilepsy
- control migraine headache pain, or
- reduce symptoms of bipolar disease
Topamax use is linked to an increased risk of dangerous side effects, including:
- birth defects
- kidney injury
- metabolic acidosis
- eye damage
- dangerous rise in body temperature
- suicidal thoughts
Topamax drug injury lawsuits brought against the drug’s maker allege that the company:
- knew about the increased risk of serious side effects caused by Topamax
- failed to give doctors and consumers adequate warnings regarding these risks
- promoted Topamax for unapproved (off-label) uses, and
- illegally marketed Topamax
Topamax drug injury lawsuits filed against Janssen Pharmaceuticals by our Topamax drug injury lawyers request financial compensation for patients’ serious injuries or death caused by Topamax.
Our Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Attorneys also seek compensation from doctors who negligently cause patients’ Topamax injuries. Doctors who fail to take adequate care in prescribing or monitoring the effects of Topamax can be liable for patients’ resulting injuries or deaths.
Serious Birth Defects
Topamax can cause birth defects in babies of mothers who used the drug during pregnancy, including:
- lung and heart problems
- neural tube defects
- badly formed arms and legs
- high blood pressure in the lungs, and
- spina bifida
Topamax can also cause cleft lips and cleft palates if used during the first trimester of pregnancy. The FDA warns that women who use Topamax during pregnancy are 21 times more likely to give birth to babies with cleft defects.
Topamax can injure your kidneys, even if you do not already have kidney disease or other kidney problems. Topamax is also linked to an increased risk of other kidney damaging conditions, such as:
- kidney stones
- increased calcium levels in the kidneys, and
- metabolic acidosis (too much acid in your blood)
If you are taking Topamax for any reason, your doctor should regularly test your kidneys to see that they are working properly. If your doctor diagnosed you with kidney disease or kidney stones, your doctor may:
- find you a drug that will cause less damage to your kidneys, or
- tell you to take a lower dose of Topamax
Topamax induced metabolic acidosis can lead to:
- kidney (renal) injury
- bone damage
- increased risk of fractures
- cardiac arrhythmias, or
Serious Eye Problems
Topamax can cause serious eye injuries, including:
- open angle glaucoma
- secondary closure glaucoma, and
- acute myopia
Taking Topamax for only one month can lead to vision loss or blindness from open angle glaucoma (OAG). OAG occurs when too much fluid and pressure builds up in a patient’s eyes. People with OAG may suddenly stop seeing clearly. They may also feel eye pain and notice redness in their eyes and dilated (enlarged) pupils.
If you are taking Topamax, you will need to see your eye doctor at least once a year. You should also tell your doctor right away if you notice any sudden changes in your vision.
Dangerous Spikes in Body Temperature
Some people who take Topamax may sweat too little and develop a very high fever. This dangerous rise in body temperature (above 104 degrees F) can injure your organs. It may also kill you, if not treated in time. Very young children and adults over the age of 65 are the most likely to develop this condition. If you notice these symptoms after taking Topamax, do what you can to cool yourself down and see a doctor as soon as possible.
People who take Topamax are more likely than others to think about killing themselves (suicide). You may worry more or feel sad all the time. If you start to think about giving up or hurting yourself, call your doctor right away and get help.
Do not suddenly stop taking Topamax on your own
If you feel that Topamax may be causing you serious problems, see your doctor before you stop taking this drug. If you are taking Topamax for seizures and suddenly stop taking it, the seizures may return and be more serious than your earlier seizures. Your doctor will tell you how to stop taking Topamax little by little to prevent this kind of reaction.
Contact a Philadelphia Topamax Drug Injury Lawyer
You may be entitled to money damages if you or a family member suffered personal injuries after use of Topamax. Please contact us to learn more about filing a Topamax drug injury lawsuit. Our personal injury lawyers can help you obtain the compensation and justice you deserve.