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Taking Topaz-50 for depression since 3 years. Continue?

hello , i want to tell you that i had a depression last 6 years ago.. that time it was for 2 months n it is cured by my doctor but it repeat after one year and this time also it is for 1 month and it is cured....but after that it should not repeat , so i am taking topaz-50... and last 3 years i am fit and should i continue with this tablet or not? is there any side effects of it?
Asked On : Sat, 26 Jan 2013
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Topaz (Topiramate) is an anti-epileptic medication, with some clinical reports indicating a mood stabilizing property. It is not a primary psychiatric medication and does not have any significant anti-depressant effects.

However, I'm sure that your doctor must have given it for a particular reason. It is not advisable to discontinue prescribed medication without the advise of the doctor. Moreover, if you have already had two episodes of depression, there is a risk of reccurence. So, I would suggest that you discuss this matter with him to decide whether you need to continue this medication or not.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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