Topamax - Andrea Sims April 23, 2007 Drug Identification...

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Andrea Sims April 23, 2007 Drug Identification Topamax Topamax is a drug that is prescribed for the prevention of migraines in adults, as well as for the prevention of seizures (epileptic) in adults and children. The drug also has several off-label uses (not FDA approved for), including treatment of mood disorders, such as bipolarism, as well as for the treatment of obesity and alcoholism. The exact way the drug works is unknown, (as are the causes of migraines and seizures) but it is thought to calm the nerves in the temporal lobe of the brain, making it a central nervous system depressant. Topamax is marketed in the United States by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals, a division of the Johnson and Johnson Company. Topamax is of a class of drugs known as Topiramates. What makes topiramates unique is the fact that while they act as anticonvulsants, they are chemically unrelated to any other anticonvulsant on the market today because they are sulfamate-substituted monosaccharide’s (related to fructose). See Figure 1 for the structure of topiramates.
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