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What should I avoid while taking Topamax (topiramate)?

While taking Topamax (topiramate), avoid starting a diet or weight loss program without talking to your doctor first. Avoid the Atkins diet or any similar low carbohydrate or high fat diet while on this medicine. Avoid ketogenic diets (low carbohydrate, high fat diets), which are sometimes prescribed to control seizures. Also be aware that there have been dispensing errors noted for Topamax and a drug called Toprol-XL. It is suspected this may be due to similar names, proximity in shelf location in pharmacies (when stored alphabetically) and similar strength options. If you receive a medication that looks different from what you are used to receiving, check with your pharmacist to be sure the correct medication was dispensed and check all accompanying paperwork carefully.

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