Seizure Medication for Weight-Loss?

Playing Warning against Using Seizure Medication for Weight Loss

We’re all looking for a quick fix when it comes to weight loss. The Doctors discuss what some call a magic weight-loss pill, topiramate, which is a medication FDA-approved for treatment of seizures and migraines. The side effects of this drug can be serious – extreme fever, suicidal thoughts, and vision problems that could lead to blindness. Is it worth it to lose those stubborn pounds?

The Doctors meet Aracely who was prescribed topiramate specifically for weight-loss. She shares that she had to lose 10% of her body weight in a specific amount of time to get bariatric surgery and her primary care physician asked her if she wanted to try the medication out. Aracely said yes.

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From day one she tells The Doctors she felt constant abdominal pain, nausea, extreme thirst, an inability to eat or drink (she could only consume water), and constant urination. She said she was having negative thoughts that scared her. The side effects were so intense she was convinced something was wrong. While she did lose 7 pounds in 2 weeks it is clear that it wasn’t worth it for her. She’s never had side effects like this before with any medication she has ever taken.

Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra shares that the drug works for its intended use because it stabilizes neuronal networks in the brain. There is some data that supports its use in obesity and people with type 2 diabetes but it may be that it works better for those people who have gained the weight from eating disorders like bulimia and binge eating. There’s really no data in terms of people who are normal or slightly overweight.

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The Doctors want Aracely to have better luck losing weight the traditional way and gift her with free meal delivery and personal training services. They can’t wait for her to return to the show to share her weight-loss results.