Label: TOPAMAX- topiramate tablet, coated
TOPAMAX- topiramate capsule, coated pellets

  • NDC Code(s): 50458-639-65, 50458-640-65, 50458-641-65, 50458-642-65, view more
    50458-645-65, 50458-647-65
  • Packager: Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Category: HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL
  • DEA Schedule: None
  • Marketing Status: New Drug Application

Drug Label Information

Updated May 24, 2017

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  • HIGHLIGHTS OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION
    These highlights do not include all the information needed to use TOPAMAX ® safely and effectively. See full prescribing information for TOPAMAX ®

    TOPAMAX ® (topiramate) TABLETS, for oral use
    TOPAMAX ® (topiramate capsules) SPRINKLE CAPSULES, for oral use
    Initial U.S. Approval: 1996

    INDICATIONS AND USAGE

    TOPAMAX® is indicated for:

    • Epilepsy: initial monotherapy in patients ≥2 years of age with partial onset or primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures (1.1); adjunctive therapy for adults and pediatric patients (2 to 16 years of age) with partial onset seizures or primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, and for patients ≥2 years of age with seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (1.2)
    • Prophylaxis of migraine in patients 12 years of age and older (1.3)

    DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    TOPAMAX® initial dose, titration, and recommended maintenance dose varies by indication and age group. See Full Prescribing Information for recommended dosage, and dosing considerations in patients with renal impairment, geriatric patients, and patients undergoing hemodialysis (2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6)

    DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

    • Tablets: 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg, and 200 mg (3)
    • Sprinkle Capsules: 15 mg and 25 mg (3)

    CONTRAINDICATIONS

    None (4)

    WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    • Acute myopia and secondary angle closure glaucoma: can lead to permanent visual loss; discontinue TOPAMAX® as soon as possible (5.1)
    • Visual field defects: consider discontinuation of TOPAMAX® (5.2)
    • Oligohidrosis and hyperthermia: monitor decreased sweating and increased body temperature, especially in pediatric patients (5.3)
    • Metabolic acidosis: baseline and periodic measurement of serum bicarbonate is recommended; consider dose reduction or discontinuation of TOPAMAX® if clinically appropriate (5.4)
    • Suicidal behavior and ideation: antiepileptic drugs increase the risk of suicidal behavior or ideation (5.5)
    • Cognitive/neuropsychiatric adverse reactions: use caution when operating machinery including cars; depression and mood problems may occur (5.6)
    • Fetal Toxicity: use during pregnancy can cause cleft lip and/or palate and being small for gestational age (5.7)
    • Withdrawal of AEDs: withdraw TOPAMAX® gradually (5.8)
    • Hyperammonemia/encephalopathy: measure ammonia if encephalopathic symptoms occur (5.9)
    • Kidney stones: avoid use with other carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, drugs causing metabolic acidosis, or in patients on a ketogenic diet (5.10)
    • Hypothermia has been reported with and without hyperammonemia during topiramate treatment with concomitant valproic acid use (5.11)

    ADVERSE REACTIONS

    Epilepsy: Most common (≥10% more frequent than placebo or low-dose TOPAMAX®) adverse reactions in adult and pediatric patients were: paresthesia, anorexia, weight loss, speech disorders/related speech problems, fatigue, dizziness, somnolence, nervousness, psychomotor slowing, abnormal vision and fever (6.1)

    Migraine: Most common (≥5% more frequent than placebo) adverse reactions in adult and pediatric patients were: paresthesia, anorexia, weight loss, difficulty with memory, taste perversion, diarrhea, hypoesthesia, nausea, abdominal pain and upper respiratory tract infection (6.1)


    To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. at 1-800-JANSSEN (1-800-526-7736) or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

    DRUG INTERACTIONS

    • Oral contraceptives: decreased contraceptive efficacy and increased breakthrough bleeding, especially at doses greater than 200 mg/day (7.3)
    • Monitor lithium levels if lithium is used with high-dose TOPAMAX® (7.4)

    See 17 for PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION and Medication Guide.

    Revised: 5/2017

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  • FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION: CONTENTS*

    1 INDICATIONS AND USAGE

    1.1 Monotherapy Epilepsy

    1.2 Adjunctive Therapy Epilepsy

    1.3 Migraine

    2 DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    2.1 Dosing in Monotherapy Epilepsy

    2.2 Dosing in Adjunctive Therapy Epilepsy

    2.3 Dosing in Migraine Prophylaxis

    2.4 Administration Information

    2.5 Dosing in Patients with Renal Impairment

    2.6 Dosing in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis

    3 DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

    4 CONTRAINDICATIONS

    5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    5.1 Acute Myopia and Secondary Angle Closure Glaucoma

    5.2 Visual Field Defects

    5.3 Oligohidrosis and Hyperthermia

    5.4 Metabolic Acidosis

    5.5 Suicidal Behavior and Ideation

    5.6 Cognitive/Neuropsychiatric Adverse Reactions

    5.7 Fetal Toxicity

    5.8 Withdrawal of Antiepileptic Drugs

    5.9 Hyperammonemia and Encephalopathy (Without and With Concomitant Valproic Acid Use)

    5.10 Kidney Stones

    5.11 Hypothermia with Concomitant Valproic Acid Use

    6 ADVERSE REACTIONS

    6.1 Clinical Trials Experience

    6.2 Postmarketing Experience

    7 DRUG INTERACTIONS

    7.1 Antiepileptic Drugs

    7.2 CNS Depressants

    7.3 Oral Contraceptives

    7.4 Lithium

    7.5 Other Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors

    7.6 Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)

    7.7 Pioglitazone

    7.8 Amitriptyline

    8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

    8.1 Pregnancy

    8.2 Labor and Delivery

    8.3 Nursing Mothers

    8.4 Pediatric Use

    8.5 Geriatric Use

    8.6 Renal Impairment

    8.7 Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis

    8.8 Women of Childbearing Potential

    10 OVERDOSAGE

    11 DESCRIPTION

    12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

    12.1 Mechanism of Action

    12.2 Pharmacodynamics

    12.3 Pharmacokinetics

    13 NON-CLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

    13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

    14 CLINICAL STUDIES

    14.1 Monotherapy Epilepsy

    14.2 Adjunctive Therapy Epilepsy

    14.3 Migraine Prophylaxis

    16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

    16.1 How Supplied

    16.2 Storage and Handling

    17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

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    Sections or subsections omitted from the full prescribing information are not listed.
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  • 1 INDICATIONS AND USAGE

    1.1 Monotherapy Epilepsy

    TOPAMAX® is indicated as initial monotherapy in patients 2 years of age and older with partial onset or primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures.

    1.2 Adjunctive Therapy Epilepsy

    TOPAMAX® is indicated as adjunctive therapy for adults and pediatric patients 2 to 16 years of age with partial onset seizures or primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, and in patients 2 years of age and older with seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

    1.3 Migraine

    TOPAMAX® is indicated for patients 12 years of age and older for the prophylaxis of migraine headache.

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  • 2 DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    2.1 Dosing in Monotherapy Epilepsy

    Adults and Pediatric Patients 10 Years of Age and Older

    The recommended dose for TOPAMAX® monotherapy in adults and pediatric patients 10 years of age and older is 400 mg/day in two divided doses. The dose should be achieved by titration according to the following schedule (Table 1):

    Table 1: Monotherapy Titration Schedule for Adults and Pediatric Patients 10 years and older
    Morning Dose Evening Dose
    Week 1 25 mg 25 mg
    Week 2 50 mg 50 mg
    Week 3 75 mg 75 mg
    Week 4 100 mg 100 mg
    Week 5 150 mg 150 mg
    Week 6 200 mg 200 mg

    Pediatric Patients 2 to 9 Years of Age

    Dosing in patients 2 to 9 years of age is based on weight. During the titration period, the initial dose of TOPAMAX® is 25 mg/day nightly for the first week. Based upon tolerability, the dosage can be increased to 50 mg/day (25 mg twice daily) in the second week. Dosage can be increased by 25–50 mg/day each subsequent week as tolerated. Titration to the minimum maintenance dose should be attempted over 5–7 weeks of the total titration period. Based upon tolerability and clinical response, additional titration to a higher dose (up to the maximum maintenance dose) can be attempted at 25–50 mg/day weekly increments. The total daily dose should not exceed the maximum maintenance dose for each range of body weight (Table 2).

    Table 2: Monotherapy Target Total Daily Maintenance Dosing for Patients 2 to 9 Years of Age
    Weight (kg) Total Daily Dose (mg/day)* Minimum Maintenance Dose Total Daily Dose (mg/day)* Maximum Maintenance Dose
    *
    Administered in two equally divided doses
    Up to 11 150 250
    12 – 22 200 300
    23 – 31 200 350
    32 – 38 250 350
    Greater than 38 250 400

    2.2 Dosing in Adjunctive Therapy Epilepsy

    Adults (17 Years of Age and Over)

    The recommended total daily dose of TOPAMAX® as adjunctive therapy in adults with partial onset seizures or Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome is 200 to 400 mg/day in two divided doses, and 400 mg/day in two divided doses as adjunctive treatment in adults with primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures. TOPAMAX® should be initiated at 25 to 50 mg/day, followed by titration to an effective dose in increments of 25 to 50 mg/day every week. Titrating in increments of 25 mg/day every week may delay the time to reach an effective dose. Doses above 400 mg/day have not been shown to improve responses in adults with partial onset seizures.

    Pediatric Patients 2 to 16 Years of Age

    The recommended total daily dose of TOPAMAX® as adjunctive therapy for pediatric patients 2 to 16 years of age with partial onset seizures, primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, or seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome is approximately 5 to 9 mg/kg/day in two divided doses. Titration should begin at 25 mg/day (or less, based on a range of 1 to 3 mg/kg/day) nightly for the first week. The dosage should then be increased at 1- or 2-week intervals by increments of 1 to 3 mg/kg/day (administered in two divided doses), to achieve optimal clinical response. Dose titration should be guided by clinical outcome. The total daily dose should not exceed 400 mg/day.

    2.3 Dosing in Migraine Prophylaxis

    The recommended total daily dose of TOPAMAX® as treatment for patients 12 years of age and older for prophylaxis of migraine headache is 100 mg/day administered in two divided doses (Table 3). The recommended titration rate for TOPAMAX® for migraine prophylaxis is as follows:

    Table 3: Migraine Prophylaxis Titration Schedule for Patients 12 Years of Age and Older
    Morning Dose Evening Dose
    Week 1 None 25 mg
    Week 2 25 mg 25 mg
    Week 3 25 mg 50 mg
    Week 4 50 mg 50 mg

    Dose and titration rate should be guided by clinical outcome. If required, longer intervals between dose adjustments can be used.

    2.4 Administration Information

    TOPAMAX® can be taken without regard to meals.

    TOPAMAX® Tablets

    Because of the bitter taste, tablets should not be broken.

    TOPAMAX® Sprinkle Capsules

    TOPAMAX® Sprinkle Capsules may be swallowed whole or may be administered by carefully opening the capsule and sprinkling the entire contents on a small amount (teaspoon) of soft food. This drug/food mixture should be swallowed immediately and not chewed. It should not be stored for future use.

    2.5 Dosing in Patients with Renal Impairment

    In patients with renal impairment (creatinine clearance less than 70 mL/min/1.73 m2), one-half of the usual adult dose of TOPAMAX® is recommended [see Use in Specific Populations (8.5, 8.6), Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    2.6 Dosing in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis

    To avoid rapid drops in topiramate plasma concentration during hemodialysis, a supplemental dose of TOPAMAX® may be required. The actual adjustment should take into account 1) the duration of dialysis period, 2) the clearance rate of the dialysis system being used, and 3) the effective renal clearance of topiramate in the patient being dialyzed [see Use in Specific Populations (8.7), Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

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  • 3 DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

    TOPAMAX® Tablets are available as debossed, coated, round tablets in the following strengths and colors:

    25 mg cream (debossed "OMN" on one side; "25" on the other)

    50 mg light-yellow (debossed "OMN" on one side; "50" on the other)

    100 mg yellow (debossed "OMN" on one side; "100" on the other)

    200 mg salmon (debossed "OMN" on one side; "200" on the other)

    TOPAMAX® Sprinkle Capsules contain small, white to off-white spheres. The gelatin capsules are white and clear.

    They are marked as follows:

    15 mg capsule with "TOP" and "15 mg" on the side

    25 mg capsule with "TOP" and "25 mg" on the side

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  • 4 CONTRAINDICATIONS

    None.

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  • 5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    5.1 Acute Myopia and Secondary Angle Closure Glaucoma

    A syndrome consisting of acute myopia associated with secondary angle closure glaucoma has been reported in patients receiving TOPAMAX®. Symptoms include acute onset of decreased visual acuity and/or ocular pain. Ophthalmologic findings can include myopia, anterior chamber shallowing, ocular hyperemia (redness), and increased intraocular pressure. Mydriasis may or may not be present. This syndrome may be associated with supraciliary effusion resulting in anterior displacement of the lens and iris, with secondary angle closure glaucoma. Symptoms typically occur within 1 month of initiating TOPAMAX® therapy. In contrast to primary narrow angle glaucoma, which is rare under 40 years of age, secondary angle closure glaucoma associated with topiramate has been reported in pediatric patients as well as adults. The primary treatment to reverse symptoms is discontinuation of TOPAMAX® as rapidly as possible, according to the judgment of the treating physician. Other measures, in conjunction with discontinuation of TOPAMAX®, may be helpful.

    Elevated intraocular pressure of any etiology, if left untreated, can lead to serious sequelae including permanent vision loss.

    5.2 Visual Field Defects

    Visual field defects (independent of elevated intraocular pressure) have been reported in clinical trials and in postmarketing experience in patients receiving topiramate. In clinical trials, most of these events were reversible after topiramate discontinuation. If visual problems occur at any time during topiramate treatment, consideration should be given to discontinuing the drug.

    5.3 Oligohidrosis and Hyperthermia

    Oligohidrosis (decreased sweating), infrequently resulting in hospitalization, has been reported in association with TOPAMAX® use. Decreased sweating and an elevation in body temperature above normal characterized these cases. Some of the cases were reported after exposure to elevated environmental temperatures.

    The majority of the reports have been in pediatric patients. Patients (especially pediatric patients) treated with TOPAMAX® should be monitored closely for evidence of decreased sweating and increased body temperature, especially in hot weather. Caution should be used when TOPAMAX® is given with other drugs that predispose patients to heat-related disorders; these drugs include, but are not limited to, other carbonic anhydrase inhibitors and drugs with anticholinergic activity.

    5.4 Metabolic Acidosis

    TOPAMAX® can cause hyperchloremic, non-anion gap, metabolic acidosis (i.e., decreased serum bicarbonate below the normal reference range in the absence of chronic respiratory alkalosis). This metabolic acidosis is caused by renal bicarbonate loss due to carbonic anhydrase inhibition by TOPAMAX®. TOPAMAX®-induced metabolic acidosis can occur at any time during treatment. Bicarbonate decrements are usually mild-moderate (average decrease of 4 mEq/L at daily doses of 400 mg in adults and at approximately 6 mg/kg/day in pediatric patients); rarely, patients can experience severe decrements to values below 10 mEq/L. Conditions or therapies that predispose patients to acidosis (such as renal disease, severe respiratory disorders, status epilepticus, diarrhea, ketogenic diet, or specific drugs) may be additive to the bicarbonate lowering effects of TOPAMAX®.

    Metabolic acidosis was commonly observed in adult and pediatric patients treated with TOPAMAX® in clinical trials. The incidence of decreased serum bicarbonate in pediatric trials, for adjunctive treatment of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or refractory partial onset seizures was as high as 67% for TOPAMAX® (at approximately 6 mg/kg/day), and 10% for placebo. The incidence of a markedly abnormally low serum bicarbonate (i.e., absolute value < 17 mEq/L and >5 mEq/L decrease from pretreatment) in these trials was up to 11%, compared to ≤ 2% for placebo.

    Manifestations of acute or chronic metabolic acidosis may include hyperventilation, nonspecific symptoms such as fatigue and anorexia, or more severe sequelae including cardiac arrhythmias or stupor. Chronic, untreated metabolic acidosis may increase the risk for nephrolithiasis or nephrocalcinosis, and may also result in osteomalacia (referred to as rickets in pediatric patients) and/or osteoporosis with an increased risk for fractures. Chronic metabolic acidosis in pediatric patients may also reduce growth rates, which may decrease the maximal height achieved. The effect of TOPAMAX® on growth and bone-related sequelae has not been systematically investigated in long-term, placebo-controlled trials. Long-term, open-label treatment of pediatric patients 1 to 24 months old with intractable partial epilepsy, for up to 1 year, showed reductions from baseline in length, weight, and head circumference compared to age and sex-matched normative data, although these patients with epilepsy are likely to have different growth rates than normal 1 to 24 month old pediatrics. Reductions in length and weight were correlated to the degree of acidosis [see Use in Specific Populations (8.4)]. TOPAMAX® treatment that causes metabolic acidosis during pregnancy can possibly produce adverse effects on the fetus and might also cause metabolic acidosis in the neonate from possible transfer of topiramate to the fetus [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7), Use in Specific Populations (8.1)].

    Measurement of Serum Bicarbonate in Epilepsy and Migraine Patients

    Measurement of baseline and periodic serum bicarbonate during topiramate treatment is recommended. If metabolic acidosis develops and persists, consideration should be given to reducing the dose or discontinuing TOPAMAX® (using dose tapering). If the decision is made to continue patients on TOPAMAX® in the face of persistent acidosis, alkali treatment should be considered.

    5.5 Suicidal Behavior and Ideation

    Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), including TOPAMAX®, increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior in patients taking these drugs for any indication. Patients treated with any AED for any indication should be monitored for the emergence or worsening of depression, suicidal thoughts or behavior, and/or any unusual changes in mood or behavior.

    Pooled analyses of 199 placebo-controlled clinical trials (mono- and adjunctive therapy) of 11 different AEDs showed that patients randomized to one of the AEDs had approximately twice the risk (adjusted Relative Risk 1.8, 95% CI:1.2, 2.7) of suicidal thinking or behavior compared to patients randomized to placebo. In these trials, which had a median treatment duration of 12 weeks, the estimated incidence rate of suicidal behavior or ideation among 27,863 AED-treated patients was 0.43%, compared to 0.24% among 16,029 placebo-treated patients, representing an increase of approximately one case of suicidal thinking or behavior for every 530 patients treated. There were four suicides in drug-treated patients in the trials and none in placebo-treated patients, but the number is too small to allow any conclusion about drug effect on suicide.

    The increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior with AEDs was observed as early as one week after starting drug treatment with AEDs and persisted for the duration of treatment assessed. Because most trials included in the analysis did not extend beyond 24 weeks, the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior beyond 24 weeks could not be assessed.

    The risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior was generally consistent among drugs in the data analyzed. The finding of increased risk with AEDs of varying mechanisms of action and across a range of indications suggests that the risk applies to all AEDs used for any indication. The risk did not vary substantially by age (5 to 100 years) in the clinical trials analyzed.

    Table 4 shows absolute and relative risk by indication for all evaluated AEDs.

    Table 4: Risk by Indication for Antiepileptic Drugs in the Pooled Analysis
    Indication Placebo Patients with Events per 1000 Patients Drug Patients with Events per 1000 Patients Relative Risk: Incidence of Events in Drug Patients/Incidence in Placebo Patients Risk Difference: Additional Drug Patients with Events per 1000 Patients
    Epilepsy 1.0 3.4 3.5 2.4
    Psychiatric 5.7 8.5 1.5 2.9
    Other 1.0 1.8 1.9 0.9
    Total 2.4 4.3 1.8 1.9

    The relative risk for suicidal thoughts or behavior was higher in clinical trials for epilepsy than in clinical trials for psychiatric or other conditions, but the absolute risk differences were similar for the epilepsy and psychiatric indications.

    Anyone considering prescribing TOPAMAX® or any other AED must balance the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior with the risk of untreated illness. Epilepsy and many other illnesses for which AEDs are prescribed are themselves associated with morbidity and mortality and an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior. Should suicidal thoughts and behavior emerge during treatment, the prescriber needs to consider whether the emergence of these symptoms in any given patient may be related to the illness being treated.

    5.6 Cognitive/Neuropsychiatric Adverse Reactions

    TOPAMAX® can cause cognitive/neuropsychiatric adverse reactions. The most frequent of these can be classified into three general categories: 1) Cognitive-related dysfunction (e.g., confusion, psychomotor slowing, difficulty with concentration/attention, difficulty with memory, speech or language problems, particularly word-finding difficulties); 2) Psychiatric/behavioral disturbances (e.g., depression or mood problems); and 3) Somnolence or fatigue.

    Adult Patients

    Cognitive-Related Dysfunction

    Rapid titration rate and higher initial dose were associated with higher incidences of cognitive-related dysfunction.

    In adult epilepsy add-on controlled trials, which used rapid titration (100–200 mg/day weekly increments), and target TOPAMAX® doses of 200 mg – 1000 mg/day, 56% of patients in the 800 mg/day and 1000 mg/day dose groups experienced cognitive-related dysfunction compared to approximately 42% of patients in the 200–400 mg/day groups and 14% for placebo. In this rapid titration regimen, these dose-related adverse reactions began in the titration or in the maintenance phase, and in some patients these events began during titration and persisted into the maintenance phase.

    In the monotherapy epilepsy controlled trial, the proportion of patients who experienced one or more cognitive-related adverse reactions was 19% for TOPAMAX® 50 mg/day and 26% for 400 mg/day.

    In the 6-month migraine prophylaxis controlled trials, which used a slower titration regimen (25 mg/day weekly increments), the proportion of patients who experienced one or more cognitive-related adverse reactions was 19% for TOPAMAX® 50 mg/day, 22% for 100 mg/day (the recommended dose), 28% for 200 mg/day, and 10% for placebo. Cognitive adverse reactions most commonly developed during titration and sometimes persisted after completion of titration.

    Psychiatric/Behavioral Disturbances

    Psychiatric/behavioral disturbances (e.g., depression, mood) were dose-related for both the adjunctive epilepsy and migraine populations [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)].

    Somnolence/Fatigue

    Somnolence and fatigue were the adverse reactions most frequently reported during clinical trials of TOPAMAX® for adjunctive epilepsy. For the adjunctive epilepsy population, the incidence of fatigue, appeared dose related. For the monotherapy epilepsy population, the incidence of somnolence was dose-related. For the migraine population, the incidences of both fatigue and somnolence were dose-related and more common in the titration phase.

    Pediatric Patients

    In pediatric epilepsy trials (adjunctive and monotherapy), the incidence of cognitive/neuropsychiatric adverse reactions was generally lower than that observed in adults. These reactions included psychomotor slowing, difficulty with concentration/attention, speech disorders/related speech problems, and language problems. The most frequently reported cognitive/neuropsychiatric reactions in pediatric epilepsy patients during adjunctive therapy double-blind studies were somnolence and fatigue. The most frequently reported cognitive/neuropsychiatric reactions in pediatric epilepsy patients in the 50 mg/day and 400 mg/day groups during the monotherapy double-blind study were headache, dizziness, anorexia, and somnolence.

    In pediatric migraine patients, the incidence of cognitive/neuropsychiatric adverse reactions was increased in TOPAMAX®-treated patients compared to placebo.

    The risk for cognitive/neuropsychiatric adverse reactions was dose-dependent, and was greatest at the highest dose (200 mg). This risk for cognitive/neuropsychiatric adverse reactions was also greater in younger patients (6 to 11 years of age) than in older patients (12 to 17 years of age). The most common cognitive/neuropsychiatric adverse reaction in these trials was difficulty with concentration/attention. Cognitive adverse reactions most commonly developed during titration and sometimes persisted for various durations after completion of titration.

    The Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB) was administered to adolescents (12 to 17 years) to assess the effects of topiramate on cognitive function at baseline and at the end of the Study 12 [see Clinical Studies (14.3)]. Mean change from baseline in certain CANTAB tests suggests that topiramate treatment may result in psychomotor slowing and decreased verbal fluency.

    5.7 Fetal Toxicity

    TOPAMAX® can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Data from pregnancy registries indicate that infants exposed to topiramate in utero have an increased risk for cleft lip and/or cleft palate (oral clefts) and for being small for gestational age. When multiple species of pregnant animals received topiramate at clinically relevant doses, structural malformations, including craniofacial defects, and reduced fetal weights occurred in offspring [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1)].

    Consider the benefits and the risks of TOPAMAX® when administering this drug in women of childbearing potential, particularly when TOPAMAX® is considered for a condition not usually associated with permanent injury or death [see Use in Specific Populations (8.8), Patient Counseling Information (17)]. TOPAMAX® should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk. If this drug is used during pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking this drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to a fetus [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1, 8.8)].

    5.8 Withdrawal of Antiepileptic Drugs

    In patients with or without a history of seizures or epilepsy, antiepileptic drugs, including TOPAMAX®, should be gradually withdrawn to minimize the potential for seizures or increased seizure frequency [see Clinical Studies (14)]. In situations where rapid withdrawal of TOPAMAX® is medically required, appropriate monitoring is recommended.

    5.9 Hyperammonemia and Encephalopathy (Without and With Concomitant Valproic Acid Use)

    Topiramate treatment can cause hyperammonemia with or without encephalopathy [see Adverse Reactions (6.2)]. The risk for hyperammonemia with topiramate appears dose-related. Hyperammonemia has been reported more frequently when topiramate is used concomitantly with valproic acid. Postmarketing cases of hyperammonemia with or without encephalopathy have been reported with topiramate and valproic acid in patients who previously tolerated either drug alone [see Drug Interactions (7.1)].

    Clinical symptoms of hyperammonemic encephalopathy often include acute alterations in level of consciousness and/or cognitive function with lethargy and/or vomiting. In most cases, hyperammonemic encephalopathy abated with discontinuation of treatment.

    The incidence of hyperammonemia in pediatric patients 12 to 17 years of age in migraine prophylaxis trials was 26% in patients taking TOPAMAX® monotherapy at 100 mg/day, and 14% in patients taking TOPAMAX® at 50 mg/day, compared to 9% in patients taking placebo. There was also an increased incidence of markedly increased hyperammonemia at the 100 mg dose.

    Dose-related hyperammonemia was also seen in pediatric patients 1 to 24 months of age treated with TOPAMAX® and concomitant valproic acid for partial onset epilepsy and this was not due to a pharmacokinetic interaction.

    In some patients, hyperammonemia can be asymptomatic.

    Monitoring for Hyperammonemia

    Patients with inborn errors of metabolism or reduced hepatic mitochondrial activity may be at an increased risk for hyperammonemia with or without encephalopathy. Although not studied, topiramate treatment or an interaction of concomitant topiramate and valproic acid treatment may exacerbate existing defects or unmask deficiencies in susceptible persons.

    In patients who develop unexplained lethargy, vomiting or changes in mental status associated with any topiramate treatment, hyperammonemic encephalopathy should be considered and an ammonia level should be measured.

    5.10 Kidney Stones

    TOPAMAX® increases the risk of kidney stones. During adjunctive epilepsy trials, the risk for kidney stones in TOPAMAX®-treated adults was 1.5%, an incidence about 2 to 4 times greater than expected in a similar, untreated population. As in the general population, the incidence of stone formation among TOPAMAX®-treated patients was higher in men. Kidney stones have also been reported in pediatric patients taking TOPAMAX® for epilepsy or migraine. During long-term (up to 1 year) TOPAMAX® treatment in an open-label extension study of 284 pediatric patients 1–24 months old with epilepsy, 7% developed kidney or bladder stones. TOPAMAX® is not approved for treatment of epilepsy in pediatric patients less than 2 years old [see Use in Specific Populations (8.4)].

    TOPAMAX® is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor. Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors can promote stone formation by reducing urinary citrate excretion and by increasing urinary pH [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)]. The concomitant use of TOPAMAX® with any other drug producing metabolic acidosis, or potentially in patients on a ketogenic diet, may create a physiological environment that increases the risk of kidney stone formation, and should therefore be avoided.

    Increased fluid intake increases the urinary output, lowering the concentration of substances involved in stone formation. Hydration is recommended to reduce new stone formation.

    5.11 Hypothermia with Concomitant Valproic Acid Use

    Hypothermia, defined as a drop in body core temperature to <35°C (95°F), has been reported in association with topiramate use with concomitant valproic acid both in conjunction with hyperammonemia and in the absence of hyperammonemia. This adverse reaction in patients using concomitant topiramate and valproate can occur after starting topiramate treatment or after increasing the daily dose of topiramate [see Drug Interactions (7.1)]. Consideration should be given to stopping TOPAMAX® or valproate in patients who develop hypothermia, which may be manifested by a variety of clinical abnormalities including lethargy, confusion, coma, and significant alterations in other major organ systems such as the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Clinical management and assessment should include examination of blood ammonia levels.

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  • 6 ADVERSE REACTIONS

    The following serious adverse reactions are discussed in more detail in other sections of the labeling:

    The data described in the following sections were obtained using TOPAMAX® Tablets.

    6.1 Clinical Trials Experience

    Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, the incidence of adverse reactions observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to the incidence of adverse reactions in the clinical trials of another drug, and may not reflect the incidence of adverse reactions observed in practice.

    Monotherapy Epilepsy

    Adults 16 Years of Age and Older

    The most common adverse reactions in the controlled clinical trial that occurred in adults in the 400 mg/day TOPAMAX® group and at an incidence higher (≥ 10 %) than in the 50 mg/day group were: paresthesia, weight loss and anorexia (see Table 5).

    Approximately 21% of the 159 adult patients in the 400 mg/day group who received TOPAMAX® as monotherapy in the controlled clinical trial discontinued therapy due to adverse reactions. The most common (≥ 2% more frequent than low-dose 50 mg/day TOPAMAX®) adverse reactions causing discontinuation were difficulty with memory, fatigue, asthenia, insomnia, somnolence, and paresthesia.

    Pediatric Patients 6 to 15 Years of Age

    The most common adverse reactions in the controlled clinical trial that occurred in pediatric patients in the 400 mg/day TOPAMAX® group and at an incidence higher (≥10%) than in the 50 mg/day group were fever and weight loss (see Table 5).

    Approximately 14% of the 77 pediatric patients in the 400 mg/day group who received TOPAMAX® as monotherapy in the controlled clinical trial discontinued therapy due to adverse reactions. The most common (≥2% more frequent than low-dose 50 mg/day TOPAMAX®) adverse reactions resulting in discontinuation were difficulty with concentration/attention, fever, flushing, and confusion.

    Table 5 presents the incidence of adverse reactions occurring in at least 3% of adult and pediatric patients treated with 400 mg/day TOPAMAX® and occurring with greater incidence than 50 mg/day TOPAMAX®.

    Table 5: Adverse Reactions in the High Dose Group As Compared to the Low Dose Group, in Monotherapy Epilepsy Trials in Adult and Pediatric Patients
    Age Group
    Pediatric
    (6 to 15 Years)
    Adult
    (Age ≥16 Years)
    TOPAMAX® Daily Dosage Group (mg/day)
    50 400 50 400
    Body System
      Adverse Reaction
    (N=74)
    %
    (N=77)
    %
    (N=160)
    %
    (N=159)
    %
    Body as a Whole - General Disorders
      Asthenia 0 3 4 6
      Fever 1 12
      Leg pain 2 3
    Central & Peripheral Nervous System Disorders
      Paresthesia 3 12 21 40
      Dizziness 13 14
      Ataxia 3 4
      Hypoesthesia 4 5
      Hypertonia 0 3
      Involuntary muscle contractions 0 3
      Vertigo 0 3
    Gastro-Intestinal System Disorders
      Constipation 1 4
      Diarrhea 8 9
      Gastritis 0 3
      Dry mouth 1 3
    Liver and Biliary System Disorders
      Increase in Gamma-GT 1 3
    Metabolic and Nutritional Disorders
      Weight loss 7 17 6 17
    Platelet, Bleeding & Clotting Disorders
      Epistaxis 0 4
    Psychiatric Disorders
      Anorexia 4 14
      Anxiety 4 6
      Cognitive problems 1 6 1 4
      Confusion 0 3
      Depression 0 3 7 9
      Difficulty with concentration or attention 7 10 7 8
      Difficulty with memory 1 3 6 11
      Insomnia 8 9
      Decrease in libido 0 3
      Mood problems 1 8 2 5
      Personality disorder (behavior problems) 0 3
      Psychomotor slowing 3 5
      Somnolence 10 15
    Red Blood Cell Disorders
      Anemia 1 3
    Reproductive Disorders, Female
      Intermenstrual bleeding 0 3
      Vaginal hemorrhage 0 3
    Resistance Mechanism Disorders
      Infection 3 8 2 3
      Viral infection 3 6 6 8
    Respiratory System Disorders
      Bronchitis 1 5 3 4
      Upper respiratory tract infection 16 18
      Rhinitis 5 6 2 4
      Sinusitis 1 4
    Skin and Appendages Disorders
      Alopecia 1 4 3 4
      Pruritus 1 4
      Rash 3 4 1 4
      Acne 2 3
    Special Senses Other, Disorders
      Taste perversion 3 5
    Urinary System Disorders
      Cystitis 1 3
      Dysuria 0 2
      Micturition frequency 0 3
      Renal calculus 0 3
      Urinary incontinence 1 3
    Vascular (Extracardiac) Disorders
      Flushing 0 5

    Adjunctive Therapy Epilepsy

    Adults 16 Years of Age and Older

    In pooled controlled clinical trials in adults with partial onset seizures, primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, or Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, 183 patients received adjunctive therapy with TOPAMAX® at dosages of 200 to 400 mg/day (recommended dosage range) and 291 patients received placebo. Patients in these trials were receiving 1 to 2 concomitant antiepileptic drugs in addition to TOPAMAX® or placebo.

    The most common adverse reactions in the controlled clinical trial that occurred in adult patients in the 200–400 mg/day TOPAMAX® group with an incidence higher (≥ 10 %) than in the placebo group were: dizziness, speech disorders/related speech problems, somnolence, nervousness, psychomotor slowing, and vision abnormal (Table 6).

    Table 6 presents the incidence of adverse reactions occurring in at least 3% of adult patients treated with 200 to 400 mg/day TOPAMAX® and was greater than placebo incidence. The incidence of some adverse reactions (e.g., fatigue, dizziness, paresthesia, language problems, psychomotor slowing, depression, difficulty with concentration/attention, mood problems) was dose-related and much greater at higher than recommended TOPAMAX® dosing (i.e., 600 mg – 1000 mg daily) compared to the incidence of these adverse reactions at the recommended dosing (200 mg to 400 mg daily) range.

    Table 6: Most Common Adverse Reactions in Pooled Placebo-Controlled, Add-On Epilepsy Trials in Adults*
      Body System
      Adverse Reaction
    Placebo
    (N=291)
    TOPAMAX®
    Dosage (mg/day)
    200–400
    (N=183)
    *
    Patients in these add-on/adjunctive trials were receiving 1 to 2 concomitant antiepileptic drugs in addition to TOPAMAX ® or placebo.
    Body as a Whole-General Disorders
      Fatigue 13 15
      Asthenia 1 6
      Back pain 4 5
      Chest pain 3 4
      Influenza-like symptoms 2 3
    Central & Peripheral Nervous System Disorders
      Dizziness 15 25
      Ataxia 7 16
      Speech disorders/Related speech problems 2 13
      Paresthesia 4 11
      Nystagmus 7 10
      Tremor 6 9
      Language problems 1 6
      Coordination abnormal 2 4
      Gait abnormal 1 3
    Gastro-Intestinal System Disorders
      Nausea 8 10
      Dyspepsia 6 7
      Abdominal pain 4 6
      Constipation 2 4
    Metabolic and Nutritional Disorders
      Weight loss 3 9
    Psychiatric Disorders
      Somnolence 12 29
      Nervousness 6 16
      Psychomotor slowing 2 13
      Difficulty with memory 3 12
      Anorexia 4 10
      Confusion 5 11
      Difficulty with concentration/attention 2 6
      Mood problems 2 4
      Agitation 2 3
      Aggressive reaction 2 3
      Emotional lability 1 3
      Cognitive problems 1 3
      Breast pain 2 4
    Respiratory System Disorders
      Pharyngitis 2 6
      Rhinitis 6 7
      Sinusitis 4 5
    Vision Disorders
      Vision abnormal 2 13
      Diplopia 5 10

    In controlled clinical trials in adults, 11% of patients receiving TOPAMAX® 200 to 400 mg/day as adjunctive therapy discontinued due to adverse reactions. This rate appeared to increase at dosages above 400 mg/day. Adverse reactions associated with discontinuing TOPAMAX® included somnolence, dizziness, anxiety, difficulty with concentration or attention, fatigue, and paresthesia and increased at dosages above 400 mg/day.

    Pediatric Patients 2 to 15 Years of Age

    In pooled, controlled clinical trials in pediatric patients (2 to 15 years of age) with partial onset seizures, primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, or Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, 98 patients received adjunctive therapy with TOPAMAX® at dosages of 5 to 9 mg/kg/day (recommended dose range) and 101 patients received placebo.

    The most common adverse reactions in the controlled clinical trial that occurred in pediatric patients in the 5 mg to 9 mg/kg/day TOPAMAX® group with an incidence higher (≥ 10 %) than in the placebo group were: fatigue and somnolence (Table 7).

    Table 7 presents the incidence of adverse reactions that occurred in at least 3% of pediatric patients 2 to 15 years of age receiving 5 mg to 9 mg/kg/day (recommended dose range) of TOPAMAX® and was greater than placebo incidence.

    Table 7: Adverse Reactions in Pooled Placebo-Controlled, Add-On Epilepsy Trials in Pediatric Patients 2 to 15 Years of Age*,
    Body System/
    Adverse Reaction
    Placebo
    (N=101)
    %
    TOPAMAX®
    (N=98)
    %
    *
    Patients in these add-on/adjunctive trials were receiving 1 to 2 concomitant antiepileptic drugs in addition to TOPAMAX ® or placebo.
    Values represent the percentage of patients reporting a given adverse reaction. Patients may have reported more than one adverse reaction during the study and can be included in more than one adverse reaction category.
    Body as a Whole - General Disorders
      Fatigue 5 16
      Injury 13 14
    Central & Peripheral Nervous System Disorders
      Gait abnormal 5 8
      Ataxia 2 6
      Hyperkinesia 4 5
      Dizziness 2 4
      Speech disorders/Related speech problems 2 4
    Gastro-Intestinal System Disorders
      Nausea 5 6
      Saliva increased 4 6
      Constipation 4 5
      Gastroenteritis 2 3
    Metabolic and Nutritional Disorders
      Weight loss 1 9
    Platelet, Bleeding, & Clotting Disorders
      Purpura 4 8
      Epistaxis 1 4
    Psychiatric Disorders
      Somnolence 16 26
      Anorexia 15 24
      Nervousness 7 14
      Personality disorder (behavior problems) 9 11
      Difficulty with concentration/attention 2 10
      Aggressive reaction 4 9
      Insomnia 7 8
      Difficulty with memory 0 5
      Confusion 3 4
      Psychomotor slowing 2 3
    Resistance Mechanism Disorders
      Infection viral 3 7
    Respiratory System Disorders
      Pneumonia 1 5
    Skin and Appendages Disorders
      Skin disorder 2 3
    Urinary System Disorders
      Urinary incontinence 2 4

    None of the pediatric patients who received TOPAMAX® adjunctive therapy at 5 to 9 mg/kg/day in controlled clinical trials discontinued due to adverse reactions.

    Migraine

    Adults

    In the four multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group migraine prophylaxis clinical trials (which included 35 pediatric patients 12 to 15 years of age), most adverse reactions occurred more frequently during the titration period than during the maintenance period.

    The most common adverse reactions with TOPAMAX® 100 mg in migraine prophylaxis clinical trials of predominantly adults that were seen at an incidence higher (≥ 5 %) than in the placebo group were: paresthesia, anorexia, weight loss, taste perversion, diarrhea, difficulty with memory, hypoesthesia, and nausea (see Table 8).

    Table 8 includes those adverse reactions that occurred in the placebo-controlled trials where the incidence in any TOPAMAX® treatment group was at least 3% and was greater than that for placebo patients. The incidence of some adverse reactions (e.g., fatigue, dizziness, somnolence, difficulty with memory, difficulty with concentration/attention) was dose-related and greater at higher than recommended TOPAMAX® dosing (200 mg daily) compared to the incidence of these adverse reactions at the recommended dosing (100 mg daily).

    Table 8: Adverse Reactions in Pooled, Placebo-Controlled, Migraine Trials in Adults*
    TOPAMAX® Dosage (mg/day)
    Body System/
    Adverse Reaction
    Placebo
    (N=445)
    %
    50
    (N=235)
    %
    100
    (N=386)
    %
    *
    Includes 35 adolescent patients age 12 to 15 years.
    Values represent the percentage of patients reporting a given adverse reaction. Patients may have reported more than one adverse reaction during the study and can be included in more than one adverse reaction category.
    Blurred vision was the most common term considered as vision abnormal. Blurred vision was an included term that accounted for >50% of reactions coded as vision abnormal, a preferred term.
    Body as a Whole-General Disorders
    Fatigue 11 14 15
    Injury 7 9 6
    Central & Peripheral Nervous System Disorders
    Paresthesia 6 35 51
    Dizziness 10 8 9
    Hypoesthesia 2 6 7
    Language problems 2 7 6
    Gastro-Intestinal System Disorders
    Nausea 8 9 13
    Diarrhea 4 9 11
    Abdominal pain 5 6 6
    Dyspepsia 3 4 5
    Dry mouth 2 2 3
    Gastroenteritis 1 3 3
    Metabolic and Nutritional Disorders
    Weight loss 1 6 9
    Musculoskeletal System Disorders
    Arthralgia 2 7 3
    Psychiatric Disorders
    Anorexia 6 9 15
    Somnolence 5 8 7
    Difficulty with memory 2 7 7
    Insomnia 5 6 7
    Difficulty with concentration/attention 2 3 6
    Mood problems 2 3 6
    Anxiety 3 4 5
    Depression 4 3 4
    Nervousness 2 4 4
    Confusion 2 2 3
    Psychomotor slowing 1 3 2
    Reproductive Disorders, Female
    Menstrual disorder 2 3 2
    Reproductive Disorders, Male
    Ejaculation premature 0 3 0
    Resistance Mechanism Disorders
    Viral infection 3 4 4
    Respiratory System Disorders
    Upper respiratory tract infection 12 13 14
    Sinusitis 6 10 6
    Pharyngitis 4 5 6
    Coughing 2 2 4
    Bronchitis 2 3 3
    Dyspnea 2 1 3
    Skin and Appendages Disorders
    Pruritis 2 4 2
    Special Sense Other, Disorders
    Taste perversion 1 15 8
    Urinary System Disorders
    Urinary tract infection 2 4 2
    Vision Disorders
    Blurred vision 2 4 2

    Of the 1,135 patients exposed to TOPAMAX® in the adult placebo-controlled studies, 25% of TOPAMAX®-treated patients discontinued due to adverse reactions, compared to 10% of the 445 placebo-treated patients. The adverse reactions associated with discontinuing therapy in the TOPAMAX®-treated patients included paresthesia (7%), fatigue (4%), nausea (4%), difficulty with concentration/attention (3%), insomnia (3%), anorexia (2%), and dizziness (2%).

    Patients treated with TOPAMAX® experienced mean percent reductions in body weight that were dose-dependent. This change was not seen in the placebo group. Mean changes of 0%, -2%, -3%, and -4% were seen for the placebo group, TOPAMAX® 50, 100, and 200 mg groups, respectively.

    Pediatric Patients 12 to 17 Years of Age

    In five, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group migraine prophylaxis clinical trials, most adverse reactions occurred more frequently during the titration period than during the maintenance period. Among adverse reactions with onset during titration, approximately half persisted into the maintenance period.

    In four, fixed-dose, double-blind migraine prophylaxis clinical trials in TOPAMAX®-treated pediatric patients 12 to 17 years of age, the most common adverse reactions with TOPAMAX® 100 mg that were seen at an incidence higher (≥5%) than in the placebo group were: paresthesia, upper respiratory tract infection, anorexia, and abdominal pain (see Table 9). Table 9 shows adverse reactions from the pediatric trial (Study 12 [see Clinical Studies (14.3)]) in which 103 pediatric patients were treated with placebo or 50 mg or 100 mg of TOPAMAX®, and three predominantly adult trials in which 49 pediatric patients (12 to 17 years of age) were treated with placebo or 50 mg, 100 mg or 200 mg of TOPAMAX®. Table 9 also shows adverse reactions in pediatric patients in the controlled migraine trials when the incidence in a TOPAMAX® dose group was at least 5 % or higher and greater than the incidence of placebo. Many adverse reactions shown in Table 9 indicate a dose-dependent relationship. The incidence of some adverse reactions (e.g., allergy, fatigue, headache, anorexia, insomnia, somnolence, and viral infection) was dose-related and greater at higher than recommended TOPAMAX® dosing (200 mg daily) compared to the incidence of these adverse reactions at the recommended dosing (100 mg daily).

    Table 9: Adverse Reactions in Pooled Double-Blind Migraine Prophylaxis Studies in Pediatric Patients 12 to 17 Years of Age*
    TOPAMAX® Dosage
    Body System/
        Adverse Reaction
    Placebo
    (N=45)
    %
    50 mg/day
    (N=46)
    %
    100 mg/day
    (N=48)
    %
    *
    35 adolescent patients aged 12 to <16 years were also included in adverse reaction assessment for adults (Tables 10 and 11)
    Incidence is based on the number of subjects experiencing at least 1 adverse event, not the number of events.
    Included studies MIG-3006, MIGR-001, MIGR-002 and MIGR-003
    Body as a Whole – General Disorders
      Fatigue 7 7 8
      Fever 2 4 6
    Central & Peripheral Nervous System Disorders
      Paresthesia 7 20 19
      Dizziness 4 4 6
    Gastrointestinal System Disorders
      Abdominal pain 9 7 15
      Nausea 4 4 8
    Metabolic and Nutritional Disorders
      Weight loss 2 7 4
    Psychiatric Disorders
      Anorexia 4 9 10
      Insomnia 2 9 2
      Somnolence 2 2 6
    Resistance Mechanism Disorders
      Infection viral 4 4 8
    Respiratory System Disorders
      Upper respiratory tract infection 11 26 23
      Rhinitis 2 7 6
      Sinusitis 2 9 4
      Coughing 0 7 2
    Special Senses Other, Disorders
      Taste perversion 2 2 6
    Vision Disorders
      Conjunctivitis 4 7 4

    In the double-blind placebo-controlled studies, adverse reactions led to discontinuation of treatment in 8% of placebo patients compared with 6% of TOPAMAX®-treated patients. Adverse reactions associated with discontinuing therapy that occurred in more than one TOPAMAX®-treated patient were fatigue (1%), headache (1%), and somnolence (1%).

    Increased Risk for Bleeding

    TOPAMAX® is associated with an increased risk for bleeding. In a pooled analysis of placebo-controlled studies of approved and unapproved indications, bleeding was more frequently reported as an adverse reaction for TOPAMAX® than for placebo (4.5% versus 3.0% in adult patients, and 4.4% versus 2.3% in pediatric patients). In this analysis, the incidence of serious bleeding events for TOPAMAX® and placebo was 0.3% versus 0.2% for adult patients, and 0.4% versus 0% for pediatric patients.

    Adverse bleeding reactions reported with TOPAMAX® ranged from mild epistaxis, ecchymosis, and increased menstrual bleeding to life-threatening hemorrhages. In patients with serious bleeding events, conditions that increased the risk for bleeding were often present, or patients were often taking drugs that cause thrombocytopenia (other antiepileptic drugs) or affect platelet function or coagulation (e.g., aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or warfarin or other anticoagulants).

    Other Adverse Reactions Observed During Clinical Trials

    Other adverse reactions seen during clinical trials were: abnormal coordination, eosinophilia, gingival bleeding, hematuria, hypotension, myalgia, myopia, postural hypotension, scotoma, suicide attempt, syncope, and visual field defect.

    Laboratory Test Abnormalities

    Adult Patients

    In addition to changes in serum bicarbonate (i.e., metabolic acidosis), sodium chloride and ammonia, TOPAMAX® was associated with changes in several clinical laboratory analytes in randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4, 5.9)]. Controlled trials of adjunctive TOPAMAX® treatment of adults for partial onset seizures showed an increased incidence of markedly decreased serum phosphorus (6% TOPAMAX® versus 2% placebo), markedly increased serum alkaline phosphatase (3% TOPAMAX® versus 1% placebo), and decreased serum potassium (0.4 % TOPAMAX® versus 0.1 % placebo).

    Pediatric Patients

    In pediatric patients (1–24 months) receiving adjunctive TOPAMAX® for partial onset seizures, there was an increased incidence for an increased result (relative to normal analyte reference range) associated with TOPAMAX® (vs placebo) for the following clinical laboratory analytes: creatinine, BUN, alkaline phosphatase, and total protein, The incidence was also increased for a decreased result for bicarbonate (i.e., metabolic acidosis), and potassium with TOPAMAX® (vs placebo) [see Use in Specific Populations (8.4)]. TOPAMAX® is not indicated for partial onset seizures in pediatric patients less than 2 years of age.

    In pediatric patients (ranging from 6–17 years old) receiving TOPAMAX® for migraine prophylaxis, there was an increased incidence for an increased result (relative to normal analyte reference range) associated with TOPAMAX® (vs placebo) for the following clinical laboratory analytes: creatinine, BUN, uric acid, chloride, ammonia, alkaline phosphatase, total protein, platelets, and eosinophils, The incidence was also increased for a decreased result for phosphorus, bicarbonate, total white blood count, and neutrophils [see Use in Specific Populations (8.4)]. TOPAMAX® is not indicated for prophylaxis of migraine headache in pediatric patients less than 12 years of age.

    6.2 Postmarketing Experience

    The following adverse reactions have been identified during post approval use of TOPAMAX®. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

    Body as a Whole-General Disorders: oligohydrosis and hyperthermia [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)], hyperammonemia, hyperammonemic encephalopathy [see Warnings and Precautions (5.9)], hypothermia with concomitant valproic acid [see Warnings and Precautions (5.11)]

    Gastrointestinal System Disorders: hepatic failure (including fatalities), hepatitis, pancreatitis

    Skin and Appendage Disorders: bullous skin reactions (including erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis), pemphigus

    Urinary System Disorders: kidney stones [see Warnings and Precautions (5.10)]

    Vision Disorders: acute myopia, secondary angle closure glaucoma [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)], maculopathy

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  • 7 DRUG INTERACTIONS

    7.1 Antiepileptic Drugs

    Concomitant administration of phenytoin or carbamazepine with TOPAMAX® resulted in a clinically significant decrease in plasma concentrations of topiramate when compared to TOPAMAX® given alone. A dosage adjustment may be needed [see Dosage and Administration (2.1), Clinical Pharmacology (12.3).]

    Concomitant administration of valproic acid and TOPAMAX® has been associated with hypothermia and hyperammonemia with and without encephalopathy. Examine blood ammonia levels in patients in whom the onset of hypothermia has been reported [see Warnings and Precautions (5.9, 5.11), Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    7.2 CNS Depressants

    Concomitant administration of TOPAMAX® and alcohol or other CNS depressant drugs has not been evaluated in clinical studies. Because of the potential of topiramate to cause CNS depression, as well as other cognitive and/or neuropsychiatric adverse reactions, TOPAMAX® should be used with extreme caution if used in combination with alcohol and other CNS depressants.

    7.3 Oral Contraceptives

    The possibility of decreased contraceptive efficacy and increased breakthrough bleeding may occur in patients taking combination oral contraceptive products with TOPAMAX®. Patients taking estrogen-containing contraceptives should be asked to report any change in their bleeding patterns. Contraceptive efficacy can be decreased even in the absence of breakthrough bleeding [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    7.4 Lithium

    An increase in systemic exposure of lithium following TOPAMAX® doses of up to 600 mg/day can occur. Lithium levels should be monitored when co-administered with high-dose TOPAMAX® [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    7.5 Other Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors

    Concomitant use of topiramate, a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor, with any other carbonic anhydrase inhibitor (e.g., zonisamide or acetazolamide) may increase the severity of metabolic acidosis and may also increase the risk of kidney stone formation. Therefore, patients given TOPAMAX® concomitantly with another carbonic anhydrase inhibitor should be monitored particularly closely for the appearance or worsening of metabolic acidosis [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    7.6 Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)

    Topiramate Cmax and AUC increased when HCTZ was added to TOPAMAX®. The clinical significance of this change is unknown. The addition of HCTZ to TOPAMAX® may require a decrease in the TOPAMAX® dose [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    7.7 Pioglitazone

    A decrease in the exposure of pioglitazone and its active metabolites were noted with the concurrent use of pioglitazone and TOPAMAX® in a clinical trial. The clinical relevance of these observations is unknown; however, when TOPAMAX® is added to pioglitazone therapy or pioglitazone is added to TOPAMAX® therapy, careful attention should be given to the routine monitoring of patients for adequate control of their diabetic disease state [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    7.8 Amitriptyline

    Some patients may experience a large increase in amitriptyline concentration in the presence of TOPAMAX® and any adjustments in amitriptyline dose should be made according to the patient's clinical response and not on the basis of plasma levels [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

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  • 8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

    8.1 Pregnancy

    Pregnancy Category D [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7)]

    TOPAMAX® can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Data from pregnancy registries indicate that infants exposed to topiramate in utero have an increased risk for cleft lip and/or cleft palate (oral clefts) and for being small for gestational age. When multiple species of pregnant animals received topiramate at clinically relevant doses, structural malformations, including craniofacial defects, and reduced fetal weights occurred in offspring. TOPAMAX® should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk. If this drug is used during pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking this drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to a fetus [see Use in Specific Populations (8.8)].

    Pregnancy Registry

    Patients should be encouraged to enroll in the North American Antiepileptic Drug (NAAED) Pregnancy Registry if they become pregnant. This registry is collecting information about the safety of antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy. To enroll, patients can call the toll-free number 1-888-233-2334. Information about the North American Drug Pregnancy Registry can be found at http://www.aedpregnancyregistry.org/.

    Human Data

    Data from pregnancy registries indicate an increased risk of oral clefts in infants exposed to topiramate during the first trimester of pregnancy. In the NAAED pregnancy registry, the prevalence of oral clefts among topiramate-exposed infants (1.1%) was higher than the prevalence of infants exposed to a reference AED (0.36%) or the prevalence of infants in mothers without epilepsy and without exposure to AEDs (0.12%). It was also higher than the background prevalence in United States (0.17%) as estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The relative risk of oral clefts in topiramate-exposed pregnancies in the NAAED Pregnancy Registry was 9.6 (95% Confidence Interval [CI] 4.0 – 23.0) as compared to the risk in a background population of untreated women. The UK Epilepsy and Pregnancy Register reported a prevalence of oral clefts among infants exposed to topiramate monotherapy (3.2%) that was 16 times higher than the background rate in the UK (0.2%).

    Data from the NAAED pregnancy registry and a population-based birth registry cohort indicate that exposure to topiramate in utero is associated with an increased risk of small for gestational age (SGA) newborns (birth weight <10th percentile). In the NAAED pregnancy registry, 19.7% of topiramate-exposed newborns were SGA compared to 7.9% of newborns exposed to a reference AED and 5.4% of newborns of mothers without epilepsy and without AED exposure. In the Medical Birth Registry of Norway (MBRN), a population-based pregnancy registry, 25% of newborns in the topiramate monotherapy exposure group were SGA compared to 9 % in the comparison group unexposed to AEDs. The long term consequences of the SGA findings are not known.

    TOPAMAX® treatment can cause metabolic acidosis [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)]. The effect of topiramate-induced metabolic acidosis has not been studied in pregnancy; however, metabolic acidosis in pregnancy (due to other causes) can cause decreased fetal growth, decreased fetal oxygenation, and fetal death, and may affect the fetus' ability to tolerate labor. Pregnant patients should be monitored for metabolic acidosis and treated as in the nonpregnant state [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)]. Newborns of mothers treated with TOPAMAX® should be monitored for metabolic acidosis because of transfer of topiramate to the fetus and possible occurrence of transient metabolic acidosis following birth.

    Animal Data

    Topiramate has demonstrated selective developmental toxicity, including teratogenicity, in multiple animal species at clinically relevant doses. When oral doses of 20, 100, or 500 mg/kg were administered to pregnant mice during the period of organogenesis, the incidence of fetal malformations (primarily craniofacial defects) was increased at all doses. The low dose is approximately 0.2 times the recommended human dose (RHD) 400 mg/day on a mg/m2 basis. Fetal body weights and skeletal ossification were reduced at 500 mg/kg in conjunction with decreased maternal body weight gain.

    In rat studies (oral doses of 20, 100, and 500 mg/kg or 0.2, 2.5, 30, and 400 mg/kg), the frequency of limb malformations (ectrodactyly, micromelia, and amelia) was increased among the offspring of dams treated with 400 mg/kg (10 times the RHD on a mg/m2 basis) or greater during the organogenesis period of pregnancy. Embryotoxicity (reduced fetal body weights, increased incidence of structural variations) was observed at doses as low as 20 mg/kg (0.5 times the RHD on a mg/m2 basis). Clinical signs of maternal toxicity were seen at 400 mg/kg and above, and maternal body weight gain was reduced during treatment with 100 mg/kg or greater.

    In rabbit studies (20, 60, and 180 mg/kg or 10, 35, and 120 mg/kg orally during organogenesis), embryo/fetal mortality was increased at 35 mg/kg (2 times the RHD on a mg/m2 basis) or greater, and teratogenic effects (primarily rib and vertebral malformations) were observed at 120 mg/kg (6 times the RHD on a mg/m2 basis). Evidence of maternal toxicity (decreased body weight gain, clinical signs, and/or mortality) was seen at 35 mg/kg and above.

    When female rats were treated during the latter part of gestation and throughout lactation (0.2, 4, 20, and 100 mg/kg or 2, 20, and 200 mg/kg), offspring exhibited decreased viability and delayed physical development at 200 mg/kg (5 times the RHD on a mg/m2 basis) and reductions in pre- and/or postweaning body weight gain at 2 mg/kg (0.05 times the RHD on a mg/m2 basis) and above. Maternal toxicity (decreased body weight gain, clinical signs) was evident at 100 mg/kg or greater.

    In a rat embryo/fetal development study with a postnatal component (0.2, 2.5, 30, or 400 mg/kg during organogenesis; noted above), pups exhibited delayed physical development at 400 mg/kg (10 times the RHD on a mg/m2 basis) and persistent reductions in body weight gain at 30 mg/kg (1 times the RHD on a mg/m2 basis) and higher.

    8.2 Labor and Delivery

    Although the effect of TOPAMAX® on labor and delivery in humans has not been established, the development of topiramate-induced metabolic acidosis in the mother and/or in the fetus might affect the fetus' ability to tolerate labor [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1)].

    8.3 Nursing Mothers

    Limited data on 5 breastfeeding infants exposed to topiramate showed infant plasma topiramate levels equal to 10–20% of the maternal plasma level. The effects of this exposure on infants are unknown. Caution should be exercised when administered to a nursing woman.

    8.4 Pediatric Use

    Adjunctive Treatment for Partial Onset Epilepsy in Pediatric Patients 1 to 24 months

    Safety and effectiveness in patients below the age of 2 years have not been established for the adjunctive therapy treatment of partial onset seizures, primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, or seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. In a single randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled investigational trial, the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of topiramate oral liquid and sprinkle formulations as an adjunct to concurrent antiepileptic drug therapy in pediatric patients 1 to 24 months of age with refractory partial onset seizures were assessed. After 20 days of double-blind treatment, topiramate (at fixed doses of 5, 15, and 25 mg/kg/day) did not demonstrate efficacy compared with placebo in controlling seizures.

    In general, the adverse reaction profile for TOPAMAX® in this population was similar to that of older pediatric patients, although results from the above controlled study and an open-label, long-term extension study in these pediatric patients 1 to 24 months old suggested some adverse reactions/toxicities (not previously observed in older pediatric patients and adults; i.e., growth/length retardation, certain clinical laboratory abnormalities, and other adverse reactions/toxicities that occurred with a greater frequency and/or greater severity than had been recognized previously from studies in older pediatric patients or adults for various indications.

    These very young pediatric patients appeared to experience an increased risk for infections (any topiramate dose 12%, placebo 0%) and of respiratory disorders (any topiramate dose 40%, placebo 16%). The following adverse reactions were observed in at least 3% of patients on topiramate and were 3% to 7% more frequent than in patients on placebo: viral infection, bronchitis, pharyngitis, rhinitis, otitis media, upper respiratory infection, cough, and bronchospasm. A generally similar profile was observed in older pediatric patients [see Adverse Reactions (6)].

    Topiramate resulted in an increased incidence of patients with increased creatinine (any topiramate dose 5%, placebo 0%), BUN (any topiramate dose 3%, placebo 0%), and protein (any topiramate dose 34%, placebo 6%), and an increased incidence of decreased potassium (any topiramate dose 7%, placebo 0%). This increased frequency of abnormal values was not dose-related. Creatinine was the only analyte showing a noteworthy increased incidence (topiramate 25 mg/kg/day 5%, placebo 0%) of a markedly abnormal increase. The significance of these findings is uncertain.

    Topiramate treatment also produced a dose-related increase in the percentage of patients who had a shift from normal at baseline to high/increased (above the normal reference range) in total eosinophil count at the end of treatment. The incidence of these abnormal shifts was 6 % for placebo, 10% for 5 mg/kg/day, 9% for 15 mg/kg/day, 14% for 25 mg/kg/day, and 11% for any topiramate dose. There was a mean dose-related increase in alkaline phosphatase. The significance of these findings is uncertain.

    Topiramate produced a dose-related increased incidence of hyperammonemia [see Warnings and Precautions (5.9)].

    Treatment with topiramate for up to 1 year was associated with reductions in Z SCORES for length, weight, and head circumference [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4), Adverse Reactions (6)].

    In open-label, uncontrolled experience, increasing impairment of adaptive behavior was documented in behavioral testing over time in this population. There was a suggestion that this effect was dose-related. However, because of the absence of an appropriate control group, it is not known if this decrement in function was treatment-related or reflects the patient's underlying disease (e.g., patients who received higher doses may have more severe underlying disease) [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6)].

    In this open-label, uncontrolled study, the mortality was 37 deaths/1000 patient years. It is not possible to know whether this mortality rate is related to topiramate treatment, because the background mortality rate for a similar, significantly refractory, young pediatric population (1–24 months) with partial epilepsy is not known.

    Monotherapy Treatment in Partial Onset Epilepsy in Patients <2 Years Old

    Safety and effectiveness in patients below the age of 2 years have not been established for the monotherapy treatment of epilepsy.

    Migraine Prophylaxis in Pediatric Patients 12 to 17 Years of Age

    Safety and effectiveness of topiramate in the prophylaxis of migraine was studied in 5 double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel-group trials in a total of 219 pediatric patients, at doses of 50 to 200 mg/day, or 2 to 3 mg/kg/day. These comprised a fixed dose study in 103 pediatric patients 12 to 17 years of age [see Clinical Studies (14.3)], a flexible dose (2 to 3 mg/kg/day), placebo-controlled study in 157 pediatric patients 6 to 16 years of age (including 67 pediatric patients 12 to 16 years of age), and a total of 49 pediatric patients 12 to 17 years of age in 3 studies of migraine prophylaxis primarily in adults. Open-label extension phases of 3 studies enabled evaluation of long-term safety for up to 6 months after the end of the double-blind phase.

    Efficacy of topiramate for migraine prophylaxis in pediatric patients 12 to 17 years of age is demonstrated for a 100 mg daily dose in Study 12 [see Clinical Studies (14.3)]. Efficacy of topiramate (2 to 3 mg/kg/day) for migraine prophylaxis was not demonstrated in a placebo-controlled trial of 157 pediatric patients (6 to 16 years of age) that included treatment of 67 pediatric patients (12 to 16 years of age) for 20 weeks.

    In the pediatric trials (12 to 17 years of age) in which patients were randomized to placebo or a fixed daily dose of TOPAMAX®, the most common adverse reactions with TOPAMAX® that were seen at an incidence higher (≥5%) than in the placebo group were: paresthesia, upper respiratory tract infection, anorexia, and abdominal pain [see Adverse Reactions (6)].

    The most common cognitive adverse reaction in pooled double-blind studies in pediatric patients 12 to 17 years of age was difficulty with concentration/attention [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6)].

    Markedly abnormally low serum bicarbonate values indicative of metabolic acidosis were reported in topiramate-treated pediatric migraine patients [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].

    In topiramate-treated pediatric patients (12 to 17 years of age) compared to placebo-treated patients, abnormally increased results were more frequent for creatinine, BUN, uric acid, chloride, ammonia, total protein, and platelets. Abnormally decreased results were observed with topiramate vs placebo treatment for phosphorus and bicarbonate [see Clinical Trials Experience (6.1)].

    Notable changes (increases and decreases) from baseline in systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, and pulse were observed occurred more commonly in pediatric patients treated with topiramate compared to pediatric patients treated with placebo [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.2)].

    Migraine Prophylaxis in Pediatric Patients 6 to 11 Years of Age

    Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients below the age of 12 years have not been established for the prophylaxis treatment of migraine headache.

    In a double-blind study in 90 pediatric patients 6 to 11 years of age (including 59 topiramate-treated and 31 placebo patients), the adverse reaction profile was generally similar to that seen in pooled double-blind studies of pediatric patients 12 to 17 years of age. The most common adverse reactions that occurred in TOPAMAX®-treated pediatric patients 6 to 11 years of age, and at least twice as frequently than placebo, were gastroenteritis (12% topiramate, 6% placebo), sinusitis (10% topiramate, 3% placebo), weight loss (8% topiramate, 3% placebo) and paresthesia (7% topiramate, 0% placebo). Difficulty with concentration/attention occurred in 3 topiramate-treated patients (5%) and 0 placebo-treated patients.

    The risk for cognitive adverse reaction was greater in younger patients (6 to 11 years of age) than in older patients (12 to 17 years of age) [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6)].

    Juvenile Animal Studies

    When topiramate (30, 90, or 300 mg/kg/day) was administered orally to rats during the juvenile period of development (postnatal days 12 to 50), bone growth plate thickness was reduced in males at the highest dose, which is approximately 5–8 times the maximum recommended pediatric dose (9 mg/kg/day) on a body surface area (mg/m2) basis.

    8.5 Geriatric Use

    In clinical trials, 3% of patients were over age 60. No age-related differences in effectiveness or adverse effects were evident. However, clinical studies of topiramate did not include sufficient numbers of subjects age 65 and over to determine whether they respond differently than younger subjects. Dosage adjustment may be necessary for elderly with age-related renal impairment (creatinine clearance rate <70 mL/min/1.73 m2) resulting in reduced clearance [see Dosage and Administration (2.5), Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    8.6 Renal Impairment

    The clearance of topiramate is reduced in patients with moderate (creatinine clearance 30 to 69 mL/min/1.73 m2) and severe (creatinine clearance <30 mL/min/1.73 m2) renal impairment. A dosage adjustment is recommended in patients with moderate or severe renal impairment [see Dosage and Administration (2.5), Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    8.7 Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis

    Topiramate is cleared by hemodialysis at a rate that is 4 to 6 times greater than in a normal individual. A dosage adjustment may be required [see Dosage and Administration (2.6), Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    8.8 Women of Childbearing Potential

    Data from pregnancy registries indicate that infants exposed to TOPAMAX® in utero have an increased risk for cleft lip and/or cleft palate (oral clefts) [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7), Use in Specific Populations (8.1)]. Consider the benefits and the risks of TOPAMAX® when prescribing this drug to women of childbearing potential, particularly when TOPAMAX® is considered for a condition not usually associated with permanent injury or death. Because of the risk of oral clefts to the fetus, which occur in the first trimester of pregnancy before many women know they are pregnant, all women of childbearing potential should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus from exposure to TOPAMAX®. If the decision is made to use TOPAMAX®, women who are not planning a pregnancy should use effective contraception [see Drug Interactions (7.3)]. Women who are planning a pregnancy should be counseled regarding the relative risks and benefits of TOPAMAX® use during pregnancy, and alternative therapeutic options should be considered for these patients.

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  • 10 OVERDOSAGE

    Overdoses of TOPAMAX® have been reported. Signs and symptoms included convulsions, drowsiness, speech disturbance, blurred vision, diplopia, impaired mentation, lethargy, abnormal coordination, stupor, hypotension, abdominal pain, agitation, dizziness and depression. The clinical consequences were not severe in most cases, but deaths have been reported after overdoses involving TOPAMAX®.

    TOPAMAX® overdose has resulted in severe metabolic acidosis [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].

    A patient who ingested a dose of TOPAMAX® between 96 and 110 g was admitted to a hospital with a coma lasting 20 to 24 hours followed by full recovery after 3 to 4 days.

    In acute TOPAMAX® overdose, if the ingestion is recent, the stomach should be emptied immediately by lavage or by induction of emesis. Activated charcoal has been shown to adsorb topiramate in vitro. Hemodialysis is an effective means of removing topiramate from the body.

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  • 11 DESCRIPTION

    Topiramate is a sulfamate-substituted monosaccharide. TOPAMAX® (topiramate) Tablets are available as 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg, and 200 mg round tablets for oral administration. TOPAMAX® (topiramate capsules) Sprinkle Capsules are available as 15 mg and 25 mg sprinkle capsules for oral administration as whole capsules or opened and sprinkled onto soft food.

    Topiramate is a white crystalline powder with a bitter taste. Topiramate is most soluble in alkaline solutions containing sodium hydroxide or sodium phosphate and having a pH of 9 to 10. It is freely soluble in acetone, chloroform, dimethylsulfoxide, and ethanol. The solubility in water is 9.8 mg/mL. Its saturated solution has a pH of 6.3. Topiramate has the molecular formula C12H21NO8S and a molecular weight of 339.36. Topiramate is designated chemically as 2,3:4,5-Di-O-isopropylidene-β-D-fructopyranose sulfamate and has the following structural formula:

    Chemical Structure

    TOPAMAX® Tablets contain the following inactive ingredients: carnauba wax, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, pregelatinized starch, purified water, sodium starch glycolate, synthetic iron oxide, and titanium dioxide.

    TOPAMAX® Sprinkle Capsules contain topiramate-coated beads in a hard gelatin capsule. The inactive ingredients are black pharmaceutical ink, cellulose acetate, gelatin, povidone, sodium lauryl sulfate, sorbitan monolaurate, sugar spheres (sucrose and starch) and titanium dioxide.

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  • 12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

    12.1 Mechanism of Action

    The precise mechanisms by which topiramate exerts its anticonvulsant and migraine prophylaxis effects are unknown; however, preclinical studies have revealed four properties that may contribute to topiramate's efficacy for epilepsy and migraine prophylaxis. Electrophysiological and biochemical evidence suggests that topiramate, at pharmacologically relevant concentrations, blocks voltage-dependent sodium channels, augments the activity of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyrate at some subtypes of the GABA-A receptor, antagonizes the AMPA/kainate subtype of the glutamate receptor, and inhibits the carbonic anhydrase enzyme, particularly isozymes II and IV.

    12.2 Pharmacodynamics

    Topiramate has anticonvulsant activity in rat and mouse maximal electroshock seizure (MES) tests. Topiramate is only weakly effective in blocking clonic seizures induced by the GABAA receptor antagonist, pentylenetetrazole. Topiramate is also effective in rodent models of epilepsy, which include tonic and absence-like seizures in the spontaneous epileptic rat (SER) and tonic and clonic seizures induced in rats by kindling of the amygdala or by global ischemia.

    Changes (increases and decreases) from baseline in vital signs (systolic blood pressure-SBP, diastolic blood pressure-DBP, pulse) occurred more frequently in pediatric patients (6 to 17 years) treated with various daily doses of topiramate (50 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg, 2 to 3 mg/kg) than in patients treated with placebo in controlled trials for migraine prophylaxis. The most notable changes were SBP <90 mm Hg, DBP <50 mm Hg, SBP or DBP increases or decreases ≥20 mm Hg, and pulse increases or decreases ≥30 beats per minute. These changes were often dose-related, and were most frequently associated with the greatest treatment difference at the 200 mg dose level. Systematic collection of orthostatic vital signs has not been conducted. The clinical significance of these various changes in vital signs has not been clearly established.

    12.3 Pharmacokinetics

    The sprinkle formulation is bioequivalent to the immediate-release tablet formulation and, therefore, may be substituted as a therapeutic equivalent.

    Absorption of topiramate is rapid, with peak plasma concentrations occurring at approximately 2 hours following a 400 mg oral dose. The relative bioavailability of topiramate from the tablet formulation is about 80% compared to a solution. The bioavailability of topiramate is not affected by food.

    The pharmacokinetics of topiramate are linear with dose proportional increases in plasma concentration over the dose range studied (200 to 800 mg/day). The mean plasma elimination half-life is 21 hours after single or multiple doses. Steady-state is thus reached in about 4 days in patients with normal renal function. Topiramate is 15% to 41% bound to human plasma proteins over the blood concentration range of 0.5 to 250 µg/mL. The fraction bound decreased as blood concentration increased.

    Carbamazepine and phenytoin do not alter the binding of topiramate. Sodium valproate, at 500 µg/mL (a concentration 5 to 10 times higher than considered therapeutic for valproate) decreased the protein binding of topiramate from 23% to 13%. Topiramate does not influence the binding of sodium valproate.

    Metabolism and Excretion

    Topiramate is not extensively metabolized and is primarily eliminated unchanged in the urine (approximately 70% of an administered dose). Six metabolites have been identified in humans, none of which constitutes more than 5% of an administered dose. The metabolites are formed via hydroxylation, hydrolysis, and glucuronidation. There is evidence of renal tubular reabsorption of topiramate. In rats, given probenecid to inhibit tubular reabsorption, along with topiramate, a significant increase in renal clearance of topiramate was observed. This interaction has not been evaluated in humans. Overall, oral plasma clearance (CL/F) is approximately 20 to 30 mL/min in adults following oral administration.

    Specific Populations

    Renal Impairment

    The clearance of topiramate was reduced by 42% in subjects with moderate renal impairment (creatinine clearance 30 to 69 mL/min/1.73 m2) and by 54% in subjects with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance <30 mL/min/1.73 m2) compared to subjects with normal renal function (creatinine clearance >70 mL/min/1.73 m2) [see Dosage and Administration (2.4) and (2.5)].

    Hemodialysis

    Topiramate is cleared by hemodialysis. Using a high-efficiency, counterflow, single pass-dialysate hemodialysis procedure, topiramate dialysis clearance was 120 mL/min with blood flow through the dialyzer at 400 mL/min. This high clearance (compared to 20 to 30 mL/min total oral clearance in healthy adults) will remove a clinically significant amount of topiramate from the patient over the hemodialysis treatment period [see Dosage and Administration (2.6), Use in Specific Populations (8.7)].

    Hepatic Impairment

    Plasma clearance of topiramate decreased a mean of 26% in patients with moderate to severe hepatic impairment.

    Age, Gender, and Race

    The pharmacokinetics of topiramate in elderly subjects (65 to 85 years of age, N=16) were evaluated in a controlled clinical study. The elderly subject population had reduced renal function (creatinine clearance [-20%]) compared to young adults. Following a single oral 100 mg dose, maximum plasma concentration for elderly and young adults was achieved at approximately 1 to 2 hours. Reflecting the primary renal elimination of topiramate, topiramate plasma and renal clearance were reduced 21% and 19%, respectively, in elderly subjects, compared to young adults. Similarly, topiramate half-life was longer (13%) in the elderly. Reduced topiramate clearance resulted in slightly higher maximum plasma concentration (23%) and AUC (25%) in elderly subjects than observed in young adults. Topiramate clearance is decreased in the elderly only to the extent that renal function is reduced [see Dosage and Administration (2.4) and Use in Specific Populations (8.5)].

    Clearance of topiramate in adults was not affected by gender or race.

    Pediatric Pharmacokinetics

    Pharmacokinetics of topiramate were evaluated in patients age 2 to <16 years. Patients received either no or a combination of other antiepileptic drugs. A population pharmacokinetic model was developed on the basis of pharmacokinetic data from relevant topiramate clinical studies. This dataset contained data from 1217 subjects including 258 pediatric patients age 2 to <16 years (95 pediatric patients <10 years of age).

    Pediatric patients on adjunctive treatment exhibited a higher oral clearance (L/h) of topiramate compared to patients on monotherapy, presumably because of increased clearance from concomitant enzyme-inducing antiepileptic drugs. In comparison, topiramate clearance per kg is greater in pediatric patients than in adults and in young pediatric patients (down to 2 years) than in older pediatric patients. Consequently, the plasma drug concentration for the same mg/kg/day dose would be lower in pediatric patients compared to adults and also in younger pediatric patients compared to older pediatric patients. Clearance was independent of dose.

    As in adults, hepatic enzyme-inducing antiepileptic drugs decrease the steady state plasma concentrations of topiramate.

    Drug Interactions

    In vitro studies indicate that topiramate does not inhibit CYP1A2, CYP2A6, CYP2B6, CYP2C9, CYP2D6, CYP2E1, or CYP3A4/5 isozymes. In vitro studies indicate that topiramate is a mild inhibitor of CYP2C19 and a mild inducer of CYP3A4.

    Antiepileptic Drugs

    Potential interactions between topiramate and standard AEDs were assessed in controlled clinical pharmacokinetic studies in patients with epilepsy. The effects of these interactions on mean plasma AUCs are summarized in Table 10.

    In Table 10, the second column (AED concentration) describes what happens to the concentration of the co-administered AED listed in the first column when topiramate is added. The third column (topiramate concentration) describes how the co-administration of a drug listed in the first column modifies the concentration of topiramate when compared to TOPAMAX® given alone.

    Table 10: Summary of AED Interactions with TOPAMAX®
    AED
    Co-administered
    AED
    Concentration
    Topiramate
    Concentration
    NC = Less than 10% change in plasma concentration.
    AED = Antiepileptic drug.
    NE = Not Evaluated.
    TPM = Topiramate
    *
    = Plasma concentration increased 25% in some patients, generally those on a twice a day dosing regimen of phenytoin.
    = Is not administered but is an active metabolite of carbamazepine.
    Phenytoin NC or 25% increase* 48% decrease
    Carbamazepine (CBZ) NC 40% decrease
    CBZ epoxide NC NE
    Valproic acid 11% decrease 14% decrease
    Phenobarbital NC NE
    Primidone NC NE
    Lamotrigine NC at TPM doses up to 400 mg/day 13% decrease

    Oral Contraceptives

    In a pharmacokinetic interaction study in healthy volunteers with a concomitantly administered combination oral contraceptive product containing 1 mg norethindrone (NET) plus 35 mcg ethinyl estradiol (EE), TOPAMAX®, given in the absence of other medications at doses of 50 to 200 mg/day, was not associated with statistically significant changes in mean exposure (AUC) to either component of the oral contraceptive. In another study, exposure to EE was statistically significantly decreased at doses of 200, 400, and 800 mg/day (18%, 21%, and 30%, respectively) when given as adjunctive therapy in patients taking valproic acid. In both studies, TOPAMAX® (50 mg/day to 800 mg/day) did not significantly affect exposure to NET and there was no significant dose-dependent change in EE exposure for doses of 50 to 200 mg/day. The clinical significance of the changes observed is not known [see Drug Interactions (7.3)].

    Digoxin

    In a single-dose study, serum digoxin AUC was decreased by 12% with concomitant TOPAMAX® administration. The clinical relevance of this observation has not been established.

    Hydrochlorothiazide

    A drug interaction study conducted in healthy volunteers evaluated the steady-state pharmacokinetics of hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) (25 mg every 24 hours) and topiramate (96 mg every 12 hours) when administered alone and concomitantly. The results of this study indicate that topiramate Cmax increased by 27% and AUC increased by 29% when HCTZ was added to topiramate. The clinical significance of this change is unknown. The steady-state pharmacokinetics of HCTZ were not significantly influenced by the concomitant administration of topiramate. Clinical laboratory results indicated decreases in serum potassium after topiramate or HCTZ administration, which were greater when HCTZ and topiramate were administered in combination.

    Metformin

    A drug interaction study conducted in healthy volunteers evaluated the steady-state pharmacokinetics of metformin (500 mg every 12 hours) and topiramate in plasma when metformin was given alone and when metformin and topiramate (100 mg every 12 hours) were given simultaneously. The results of this study indicated that the mean metformin Cmax and AUC0–12h increased by 18% and 25%, respectively, when topiramate was added. Topiramate did not affect metformin tmax. The clinical significance of the effect of topiramate on metformin pharmacokinetics is not known. Oral plasma clearance of topiramate appears to be reduced when administered with metformin. The clinical significance of the effect of metformin on topiramate pharmacokinetics is unclear.

    Pioglitazone

    A drug interaction study conducted in healthy volunteers evaluated the steady-state pharmacokinetics of topiramate and pioglitazone when administered alone and concomitantly. A 15% decrease in the AUCτ,ss of pioglitazone with no alteration in Cmax,ss was observed. This finding was not statistically significant. In addition, a 13% and 16% decrease in Cmax,ss and AUCτ,ss respectively, of the active hydroxy-metabolite was noted as well as a 60% decrease in Cmax,ss and AUCτ,ss of the active keto-metabolite. The clinical significance of these findings is not known.

    Glyburide

    A drug-drug interaction study conducted in patients with type 2 diabetes evaluated the steady-state pharmacokinetics of glyburide (5 mg/day) alone and concomitantly with topiramate (150 mg/day). There was a 22% decrease in Cmax and a 25% reduction in AUC24 for glyburide during topiramate administration. Systemic exposure (AUC) of the active metabolites, 4-trans-hydroxy-glyburide (M1) and 3-cis-hydroxyglyburide (M2), was also reduced by 13% and 15%, and Cmax was reduced by 18% and 25%, respectively. The steady-state pharmacokinetics of topiramate were unaffected by concomitant administration of glyburide.

    Lithium

    In patients, the pharmacokinetics of lithium were unaffected during treatment with topiramate at doses of 200 mg/day; however, there was an observed increase in systemic exposure of lithium (27% for Cmax and 26% for AUC) following topiramate doses up to 600 mg/day [see Drug Interactions (7.5)].

    Haloperidol

    The pharmacokinetics of a single dose of haloperidol (5 mg) were not affected following multiple dosing of topiramate (100 mg every 12 hr) in 13 healthy adults (6 males, 7 females).

    Amitriptyline

    There was a 12% increase in AUC and Cmax for amitriptyline (25 mg per day) in 18 healthy subjects (9 males, 9 females) receiving 200 mg/day of TOPAMAX®.

    Sumatriptan

    Multiple dosing of topiramate (100 mg every 12 hours) in 24 healthy volunteers (14 males, 10 females) did not affect the pharmacokinetics of single-dose sumatriptan either orally (100 mg) or subcutaneously (6 mg).

    Risperidone

    When administered concomitantly with topiramate at escalating doses of 100, 250, and 400 mg/day, there was a reduction in risperidone systemic exposure (16% and 33% for steady-state AUC at the 250 and 400 mg/day doses of topiramate). No alterations of 9-hydroxyrisperidone levels were observed. Co-administration of topiramate 400 mg/day with risperidone resulted in a 14% increase in Cmax and a 12% increase in AUC12 of topiramate. There were no clinically significant changes in the systemic exposure of risperidone plus 9-hydroxyrisperidone or of topiramate; therefore, this interaction is not likely to be of clinical significance.

    Propranolol

    Multiple dosing of topiramate (200 mg/day) in 34 healthy volunteers (17 males, 17 females) did not affect the pharmacokinetics of propranolol following daily 160 mg doses. Propranolol doses of 160 mg/day in 39 volunteers (27 males, 12 females) had no effect on the exposure to topiramate, at a dose of 200 mg/day of topiramate.

    Dihydroergotamine

    Multiple dosing of topiramate (200 mg/day) in 24 healthy volunteers (12 males, 12 females) did not affect the pharmacokinetics of a 1 mg subcutaneous dose of dihydroergotamine. Similarly, a 1 mg subcutaneous dose of dihydroergotamine did not affect the pharmacokinetics of a 200 mg/day dose of topiramate in the same study.

    Diltiazem

    Co-administration of diltiazem (240 mg Cardizem CD®) with topiramate (150 mg/day) resulted in a 10% decrease in Cmax and a 25% decrease in diltiazem AUC, a 27% decrease in Cmax and an 18% decrease in des-acetyl diltiazem AUC, and no effect on N-desmethyl diltiazem. Co-administration of topiramate with diltiazem resulted in a 16% increase in Cmax and a 19% increase in AUC12 of topiramate.

    Venlafaxine

    Multiple dosing of TOPAMAX® (150 mg/day) in healthy volunteers did not affect the pharmacokinetics of venlafaxine or O-desmethyl venlafaxine. Multiple dosing of venlafaxine (150 mg) did not affect the pharmacokinetics of topiramate.

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  • 13 NON-CLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

    13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

    Carcinogenesis

    An increase in urinary bladder tumors was observed in mice given topiramate (20, 75, and 300 mg/kg) in the diet for 21 months. The elevated bladder tumor incidence, which was statistically significant in males and females receiving 300 mg/kg, was primarily due to the increased occurrence of a smooth muscle tumor considered histomorphologically unique to mice. Plasma exposures in mice receiving 300 mg/kg were approximately 0.5 to 1 times steady-state exposures measured in patients receiving topiramate monotherapy at the recommended human dose (RHD) of 400 mg, and 1.5 to 2 times steady-state topiramate exposures in patients receiving 400 mg of topiramate plus phenytoin. The relevance of this finding to human carcinogenic risk is uncertain. No evidence of carcinogenicity was seen in rats following oral administration of topiramate for 2 years at doses up to 120 mg/kg (approximately 3 times the RHD on a mg/m2 basis).

    Mutagenesis

    Topiramate did not demonstrate genotoxic potential when tested in a battery of in vitro and in vivo assays. Topiramate was not mutagenic in the Ames test or the in vitro mouse lymphoma assay; it did not increase unscheduled DNA synthesis in rat hepatocytes in vitro; and it did not increase chromosomal aberrations in human lymphocytes in vitro or in rat bone marrow in vivo.

    Impairment of Fertility

    No adverse effects on male or female fertility were observed in rats at doses up to 100 mg/kg (2.5 times the RHD on a mg/m2 basis).

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  • 14 CLINICAL STUDIES

    The studies described in the following sections were conducted using TOPAMAX® (topiramate) Tablets.

    14.1 Monotherapy Epilepsy

    Patients with Partial Onset or Primary Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures

    Adults and Pediatric Patients 10 Years of Age and Older

    The effectiveness of TOPAMAX® as initial monotherapy in adults and pediatric patients 10 years of age and older with partial onset or primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures was established in a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group trial.

    The trial was conducted in 487 patients diagnosed with epilepsy (6 to 83 years of age) who had 1 or 2 well-documented seizures during the 3-month retrospective baseline phase who then entered the study and received TOPAMAX® 25 mg/day for 7 days in an open-label fashion. Forty-nine percent of patients had no prior AED treatment and 17% had a diagnosis of epilepsy for greater than 24 months. Any AED therapy used for temporary or emergency purposes was discontinued prior to randomization. In the double-blind phase, 470 patients were randomized to titrate up to 50 mg/day or 400 mg/day. If the target dose could not be achieved, patients were maintained on the maximum tolerated dose. Fifty-eight percent of patients achieved the maximal dose of 400 mg/day for >2 weeks, and patients who did not tolerate 150 mg/day were discontinued.

    The primary efficacy assessment was a between-group comparison of time to first seizure during the double-blind phase. Comparison of the Kaplan-Meier survival curves of time to first seizure favored the TOPAMAX® 400 mg/day group over the TOPAMAX® 50 mg/day group (Figure 1). The treatment effects with respect to time to first seizure were consistent across various patient subgroups defined by age, sex, geographic region, baseline body weight, baseline seizure type, time since diagnosis, and baseline AED use.

    Figure 1: Kaplan-Meier Estimates of Cumulative Rates for Time to First Seizure
    Figure 1

    Pediatric Patients 2 to 9 Years of Age

    The conclusion that TOPAMAX® is effective as initial monotherapy in pediatric patients 2 to 9 years of age with partial onset or primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures was based on a pharmacometric bridging approach using data from the controlled epilepsy trials described in labeling. This approach consisted of first showing a similar exposure response relationship between pediatric patients down to 2 years of age and adults when TOPAMAX® was given as adjunctive therapy. Similarity of exposure-response was also demonstrated in pediatric patients 6 to less than 16 years of age and adults when TOPAMAX® was given as initial monotherapy. Specific dosing in pediatric patients 2 to 9 years of age was derived from simulations utilizing plasma exposure ranges observed in pediatric and adult patients treated with TOPAMAX® initial monotherapy [see Dosage and Administration (2.1)].

    14.2 Adjunctive Therapy Epilepsy

    Adult Patients With Partial Onset Seizures

    The effectiveness of TOPAMAX® as an adjunctive treatment for adults with partial onset seizures was established in six multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials, two comparing several dosages of TOPAMAX® and placebo and four comparing a single dosage with placebo, in patients with a history of partial onset seizures, with or without secondarily generalized seizures.

    Patients in these studies were permitted a maximum of two antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in addition to TOPAMAX® tablets or placebo. In each study, patients were stabilized on optimum dosages of their concomitant AEDs during baseline phase lasting between 4 and 12 weeks. Patients who experienced a pre-specified minimum number of partial onset seizures, with or without secondary generalization, during the baseline phase (12 seizures for 12-week baseline, 8 for 8-week baseline or 3 for 4-week baseline) were randomly assigned to placebo or a specified dose of TOPAMAX® tablets in addition to their other AEDs.

    Following randomization, patients began the double-blind phase of treatment. In five of the six studies, patients received active drug beginning at 100 mg per day; the dose was then increased by 100 mg or 200 mg/day increments weekly or every other week until the assigned dose was reached, unless intolerance prevented increases. In the sixth study (Study 6), the 25 or 50 mg/day initial doses of topiramate were followed by respective weekly increments of 25 or 50 mg/day until the target dose of 200 mg/day was reached. After titration, patients entered a 4, 8 or 12-week stabilization period. The numbers of patients randomized to each dose and the actual mean and median doses in the stabilization period are shown in Table 11.

    Pediatric Patients 2 to 16 Years of Age with Partial Onset Seizures

    The effectiveness of TOPAMAX® as an adjunctive treatment for pediatric patients 2 to 16 years of age with partial onset seizures was established in a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial (Study 7), comparing TOPAMAX® and placebo in patients with a history of partial onset seizures, with or without secondarily generalized seizures (see Table 12).

    Patients in this study were permitted a maximum of two antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in addition to TOPAMAX® tablets or placebo. In this study, patients were stabilized on optimum dosages of their concomitant AEDs during an 8-week baseline phase. Patients who experienced at least six partial onset seizures, with or without secondarily generalized seizures, during the baseline phase were randomly assigned to placebo or TOPAMAX® tablets in addition to their other AEDs.

    Following randomization, patients began the double-blind phase of treatment. Patients received active drug beginning at 25 or 50 mg/day; the dose was then increased by 25 mg to 150 mg/day increments every other week until the assigned dosage of 125, 175, 225, or 400 mg/day based on patients' weight to approximate a dosage of 6 mg/kg/day was reached, unless intolerance prevented increases. After titration, patients entered an 8-week stabilization period.

    Patients With Primary Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures

    The effectiveness of TOPAMAX® as an adjunctive treatment for primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients 2 years of age and older was established in a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial (Study 8), comparing a single dosage of TOPAMAX® and placebo (see Table 12).

    Patients in this study were permitted a maximum of two antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in addition to TOPAMAX® or placebo. Patients were stabilized on optimum dosages of their concomitant AEDs during an 8-week baseline phase. Patients who experienced at least three primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures during the baseline phase were randomly assigned to placebo or TOPAMAX® in addition to their other AEDs.

    Following randomization, patients began the double-blind phase of treatment. Patients received active drug beginning at 50 mg/day for four weeks; the dose was then increased by 50 mg to 150 mg/day increments every other week until the assigned dose of 175, 225, or 400 mg/day based on patients' body weight to approximate a dosage of 6 mg/kg/day was reached, unless intolerance prevented increases. After titration, patients entered a 12-week stabilization period.

    Patients With Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome

    The effectiveness of TOPAMAX® as an adjunctive treatment for seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome was established in a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial (Study 9) comparing a single dosage of TOPAMAX® with placebo in patients 2 years of age and older (see Table 12).

    Patients in this study were permitted a maximum of two antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in addition to TOPAMAX® or placebo. Patients who were experiencing at least 60 seizures per month before study entry were stabilized on optimum dosages of their concomitant AEDs during a 4-week baseline phase. Following baseline, patients were randomly assigned to placebo or TOPAMAX® in addition to their other AEDs. Active drug was titrated beginning at 1 mg/kg/day for a week; the dose was then increased to 3 mg/kg/day for one week, then to 6 mg/kg/day. After titration, patients entered an 8-week stabilization period.

    The primary measures of effectiveness were the percent reduction in drop attacks and a parental global rating of seizure severity.

    Table 11: TOPAMAX® Dose Summary During the Stabilization Periods of Each of Six Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Add-On Trials in Adults with Partial Onset Seizures*
    Target TOPAMAX® Dosage (mg/day)
    Protocol Stabilization Dose Placebo 200 400 600 800 1,000
    *
    Dose-response studies were not conducted for other indications or pediatric partial onset seizures.
    Placebo dosages are given as the number of tablets. Placebo target dosages were as follows: Protocol 3 4 tablets/day; Protocols 1 and 4, 6 tablets/day; Protocols 5 and 6, 8 tablets/day; Protocol 2, 10 tablets/day.
    1 N
    Mean Dose
    Median Dose
    42
    5.9
    6.0
    42
    200
    200
    40
    390
    400
    41
    556
    600
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    2 N
    Mean Dose
    Median Dose
    44
    9.7
    10.0
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    40
    544
    600
    45
    739
    800
    40
    796
    1,000
    3 N
    Mean Dose
    Median Dose
    23
    3.8
    4.0
    --
    --
    --
    19
    395
    400
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    4 N
    Mean Dose
    Median Dose
    30
    5.7
    6.0
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    28
    522
    600
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    5 N
    Mean Dose
    Median Dose
    28
    7.9
    8.0
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    25
    568
    600
    --
    --
    --
    6 N
    Mean Dose
    Median Dose
    90
    8
    8
    157
    200
    200
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --

    In all add-on trials, the reduction in seizure rate from baseline during the entire double-blind phase was measured. The median percent reductions in seizure rates and the responder rates (fraction of patients with at least a 50% reduction) by treatment group for each study are shown below in Table 12. As described above, a global improvement in seizure severity was also assessed in the Lennox-Gastaut trial.

    Table 12: Efficacy Results in Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Add-On Epilepsy Trials
    Target TOPAMAX® Dosage (mg/day)
    Placebo 200 400 600 800 1,000 ≈6 mg/kg/day*
    Protocol Efficacy Results
    Comparisons with placebo: a p=0.080; b p≤0.010; c p≤0.001; d p≤0.050; e p=0.065; f p≤0.005; g p=0.071;
    *
    For Protocols 7 and 8, protocol-specified target dosages (<9.3 mg/kg/day) were assigned based on subject's weight to approximate a dosage of 6 mg/kg per day; these dosages corresponded to mg/day dosages of 125, 175, 225, and 400 mg/day.
    Median % reduction and % responders are reported for PGTC Seizures;
    Median % reduction and % responders for drop attacks, i.e., tonic or atonic seizures;
    §
    Percent of patients who were minimally, much, or very much improved from baseline
    Partial Onset Seizures Studies in Adults
    1 N 45 45 45 46 -- -- --
    Median % Reduction 12 27a 48b 45c -- -- --
    % Responders 18 24 44d 46d -- -- --
    2 N 47 -- -- 48 48 47 --
    Median % Reduction 2 -- -- 41c 41c 36c --
    % Responders 9 -- -- 40c 41c 36d --
    3 N 24 -- 23 -- -- -- --
    Median % Reduction 1 -- 41e -- -- -- --
    % Responders 8 -- 35d -- -- -- --
    4 N 30 -- -- 30 -- -- --
    Median % Reduction -12 -- -- 46f -- -- --
    % Responders 10 -- -- 47c -- -- --
    5 N 28 -- -- -- 28 -- --
    Median % Reduction -21 -- -- -- 24c -- --
    % Responders 0 -- -- -- 43c -- --
    6 N 91 168 -- -- -- -- --
    Median % Reduction 20 44c -- -- -- -- --
    % Responders 24 45c -- -- -- -- --
    Studies in Pediatric Patients
    7 N 45 -- -- -- -- -- 41
    Median % Reduction 11 -- -- -- -- -- 33d
    % Responders 20 -- -- -- -- -- 39
    Primary Generalized Tonic-Clonic
    8 N 40 -- -- -- -- -- 39
    Median % Reduction 9 -- -- -- -- -- 57d
    % Responders 20 -- -- -- -- -- 56c
    Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome
    9 N 49 -- -- -- -- -- 46
    Median % Reduction -5 -- -- -- -- -- 15d
    % Responders 14 -- -- -- -- -- 28g
    Improvement in Seizure Severity§ 28 -- -- -- -- -- 52d

    Subset analyses of the antiepileptic efficacy of TOPAMAX® tablets in these studies showed no differences as a function of gender, race, age, baseline seizure rate, or concomitant AED.

    In clinical trials for epilepsy, daily dosages were decreased in weekly intervals by 50 to 100 mg/day in adults and over a 2- to 8-week period in pediatric patients; transition was permitted to a new antiepileptic regimen when clinically indicated.

    14.3 Migraine Prophylaxis

    Adult Patients

    The results of 2 multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group clinical trials established the effectiveness of TOPAMAX® in the prophylactic treatment of migraine headache. The design of both trials (Study 10 was conducted in the U.S. and Study 11 was conducted in the U.S. and Canada) was identical, enrolling patients with a history of migraine, with or without aura, for at least 6 months, according to the International Headache Society (IHS) diagnostic criteria. Patients with a history of cluster headaches or basilar, ophthalmoplegic, hemiplegic, or transformed migraine headaches were excluded from the trials. Patients were required to have completed up to a 2-week washout of any prior migraine preventive medications before starting the baseline phase.

    Patients who experienced 3 to 12 migraine headaches over the 4 weeks in the baseline phase were randomized to either TOPAMAX® 50 mg/day, 100 mg/day, 200 mg/day, or placebo and treated for a total of 26 weeks (8-week titration period and 18-week maintenance period). Treatment was initiated at 25 mg/day for one week, and then the daily dosage was increased by 25 mg increments each week until reaching the assigned target dose or maximum tolerated dose (administered twice daily).

    Effectiveness of treatment was assessed by the reduction in migraine headache frequency, as measured by the change in 4-week migraine rate (according to migraines classified by IHS criteria) from the baseline phase to double-blind treatment period in each TOPAMAX® treatment group compared to placebo in the Intent-To-Treat (ITT) population.

    In Study 10, a total of 469 patients (416 females, 53 males), ranging in age from 13 to 70 years, were randomized and provided efficacy data. Two hundred sixty-five patients completed the entire 26-week double-blind phase. The median average daily dosages were 48 mg/day, 88 mg/day, and 132 mg/day in the target dose groups of TOPAMAX® 50, 100, and 200 mg/day, respectively.

    The mean migraine headache frequency rate at baseline was approximately 5.5 migraine headaches/28 days and was similar across treatment groups. The change in the mean 4-week migraine headache frequency from baseline to the double-blind phase was -1.3, -2.1, and -2.2 in the TOPAMAX® 50, 100, and 200 mg/day groups, respectively, versus -0.8 in the placebo group (see Figure 2). The treatment differences between the TOPAMAX® 100 and 200 mg/day groups versus placebo were similar and statistically significant (p<0.001 for both comparisons).

    In Study 11, a total of 468 patients (406 females, 62 males), ranging in age from 12 to 65 years, were randomized and provided efficacy data. Two hundred fifty-five patients completed the entire 26-week double-blind phase. The median average daily dosages were 47 mg/day, 86 mg/day, and 150 mg/day in the target dose groups of TOPAMAX® 50, 100, and 200 mg/day, respectively.

    The mean migraine headache frequency rate at baseline was approximately 5.5 migraine headaches/28 days and was similar across treatment groups. The change in the mean 4-week migraine headache period frequency from baseline to the double-blind phase was -1.4, -2.1, and -2.4 in the TOPAMAX® 50, 100, and 200 mg/day groups, respectively, versus -1.1 in the placebo group (see Figure 2). The differences between the TOPAMAX® 100 and 200 mg/day groups versus placebo were similar and statistically significant (p=0.008 and p <0.001, respectively).

    In both studies, there were no apparent differences in treatment effect within age or gender subgroups. Because most patients were Caucasian, there were insufficient numbers of patients from different races to make a meaningful comparison of race.

    For patients withdrawing from TOPAMAX®, daily dosages were decreased in weekly intervals by 25 to 50 mg/day.

    Figure 2: Reduction in 4-Week Migraine Headache Frequency
    (Studies 10 and 11 for Adults and Adolescents)
    Figure 2

    Pediatric Patients 12 to 17 Years of Age

    The effectiveness of TOPAMAX® as prophylaxis for migraine headache in pediatric patients 12 to 17 years of age was established in a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group trial. The study enrolled 103 patients (40 male, 63 female) 12 to 17 years of age with episodic migraine headaches with or without aura. Patient selection was based on IHS criteria for migraines (using proposed revisions to the 1988 IHS pediatric migraine criteria [IHS-R criteria]).

    Patients who experienced 3 to 12 migraine attacks (according to migraines classified by patient reported diaries) and ≤14 headache days (migraine and non-migraine) during the 4-week prospective baseline period were randomized to either TOPAMAX® 50 mg/day, 100 mg/day, or placebo and treated for a total of 16 weeks (4-week titration period followed by a 12-week maintenance period). Treatment was initiated at 25 mg/day for one week, and then the daily dosage was increased by 25 mg increments each week until reaching the assigned target dose or maximum tolerated dose (administered twice daily). Approximately 80% or more patients in each treatment group completed the study. The median average daily dosages were 45 and 79 mg/day in the target dose groups of TOPAMAX® 50 and 100 mg/day, respectively.

    Effectiveness of treatment was assessed by comparing each TOPAMAX® treatment group to placebo (ITT population) for the percent reduction from baseline to the last 12 weeks of the double-blind phase in the monthly migraine attack rate (primary endpoint). The percent reduction from baseline to the last 12 weeks of the double-blind phase in average monthly migraine attack rate is shown in Table 13. The 100 mg TOPAMAX® dose produced a statistically significant treatment difference relative to placebo of 28% reduction from baseline in the monthly migraine attack rate.

    The mean reduction from baseline to the last 12 weeks of the double-blind phase in average monthly attack rate, a key secondary efficacy endpoint in Study 12 (and the primary efficacy endpoint in Studies 10 and 11, of adults) was 3.0 for 100 mg TOPAMAX® dose and 1.7 for placebo. This 1.3 treatment difference in mean reduction from baseline of monthly migraine rate was statistically significant (p = 0.0087).

    Table 13: Percent Reduction from Baseline to the Last 12 Weeks of Double-Blind Phase in Average Monthly Attack Rate: Study 12 (Intent-to-Treat Analysis Set)
    Placebo TOPAMAX®
    50 mg/day
    TOPAMAX®
    100 mg/day
    Category (N=33) (N=35) (N=35)
    *
    Indicates p-value is <0.05 (two-sided).
    P-values (two-sided) for comparisons relative to placebo are generated by applying an ANCOVA model on ranks that includes subject's stratified age at baseline, treatment group, and analysis center as factors and monthly migraine attack rate during baseline period as a covariate.
    P-values for the dose groups are the adjusted p-value according to the Hochberg multiple comparison procedure.
    Baseline
      Median 3.6 4.0 4.0
    Last 12 Weeks of Double-Blind Phase
      Median 2.3 2.3 1.0
    Percent Reduction (%)
      Median 44.4 44.6 72.2
      P-value versus 0.7975 0.0164 *
    Placebo,
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  • 16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

    16.1 How Supplied

    TOPAMAX® Tablets

    TOPAMAX® (topiramate) Tablets are available as debossed, coated, round tablets in the following strengths and colors:

    • 25 mg cream tablet (debossed "OMN" on one side; "25" on the other) and are available in bottles of 60 count with desiccant (NDC 50458-639-65)
    • 50 mg light yellow tablet (debossed "OMN" on one side; "50" on the other) and are available in bottles of 60 count with desiccant (NDC 50458-640-65)
    • 100 mg yellow tablet (debossed "OMN" on one side; "100" on the other) and are available in bottles of 60 count with desiccant (NDC 50458-641-65)
    • 200 mg salmon tablet (debossed "OMN" on one side; "200" on the other) and are available in bottles of 60 count with desiccant (NDC 50458-642-65)

    TOPAMAX® Sprinkle Capsules

    TOPAMAX® (topiramate capsules) Sprinkle Capsules contain small, white to off-white spheres. The gelatin capsules are white and clear and are marked as follows:

    • 15 mg capsule with "TOP" and "15 mg" on the side and are available in bottles of 60 (NDC 50458-647-65)
    • 25 mg capsule with "TOP" and "25 mg" on the side and are available in bottles of 60 (NDC 50458-645-65)

    16.2 Storage and Handling

    TOPAMAX® Tablets

    TOPAMAX® Tablets should be stored in tightly-closed containers at controlled room temperature (59° to 86°F, 15° to 30°C). Protect from moisture.

    TOPAMAX® Sprinkle Capsules

    TOPAMAX® Sprinkle Capsules should be stored in tightly-closed containers at or below 25°C (77°F). Protect from moisture.

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  • 17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

    Advise the patient to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (Medication Guide).

    Eye Disorders

    Instruct patients taking TOPAMAX® to seek immediate medical attention if they experience blurred vision, visual disturbances, or periorbital pain [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1, 5.2)].

    Oligohidrosis and Hyperthermia

    Closely monitor TOPAMAX®-treated patients, especially pediatric patients, for evidence of decreased sweating and increased body temperature, especially in hot weather. Counsel patients to contact their healthcare professionals immediately if they develop a high or persistent fever, or decreased sweating [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].

    Metabolic Acidosis

    Warn patients about the potential significant risk for metabolic acidosis that may be asymptomatic and may be associated with adverse effects on kidneys (e.g., kidney stones, nephrocalcinosis), bones (e.g., osteoporosis, osteomalacia, and/or rickets in children), and growth (e.g., growth delay/retardation) in pediatric patients, and on the fetus [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4), Use in Specific Populations (8.1)].

    Suicidal Behavior and Ideation

    Counsel patients, their caregivers, and families that AEDs, including TOPAMAX®, may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior, and advise of the need to be alert for the emergence or worsening of the signs and symptoms of depression, any unusual changes in mood or behavior or the emergence of suicidal thoughts, or behavior or thoughts about self-harm. Instruct patients to immediately report behaviors of concern to their healthcare providers [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)].

    Interference with Cognitive and Motor Performance

    Warn patients about the potential for somnolence, dizziness, confusion, difficulty concentrating, or visual effects, and advise patients not to drive or operate machinery until they have gained sufficient experience on TOPAMAX® to gauge whether it adversely affects their mental performance, motor performance, and/or vision [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6)].

    Even when taking TOPAMAX® or other anticonvulsants, some patients with epilepsy will continue to have unpredictable seizures. Therefore, advise all patients taking TOPAMAX® for epilepsy to exercise appropriate caution when engaging in any activities where loss of consciousness could result in serious danger to themselves or those around them (including swimming, driving a car, climbing in high places, etc.). Some patients with refractory epilepsy will need to avoid such activities altogether. Discuss the appropriate level of caution with patients, before patients with epilepsy engage in such activities.

    Fetal Toxicity

    Inform pregnant women and women of childbearing potential that use of TOPAMAX® during pregnancy can cause fetal harm, including an increased risk for cleft lip and/or cleft palate (oral clefts), which occur early in pregnancy before many women know they are pregnant. Also inform patients that infants exposed to topiramate monotherapy in utero may be small for their gestational age [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1)]. There may also be risks to the fetus from chronic metabolic acidosis with use of TOPAMAX® during pregnancy [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7), Use in Specific Populations (8.1, 8.8)]. When appropriate, counsel pregnant women and women of childbearing potential about alternative therapeutic options. This is particularly important when TOPAMAX® use is considered for a condition not usually associated with permanent injury or death.

    Advise women of childbearing potential who are not planning a pregnancy to use effective contraception while using TOPAMAX®, keeping in mind that there is a potential for decreased contraceptive efficacy when using estrogen-containing birth control with topiramate [see Drug Interactions (7.3)].

    Encourage pregnant women using TOPAMAX®, to enroll in the North American Antiepileptic Drug (NAAED) Pregnancy Registry. The registry is collecting information about the safety of antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1)].

    Hyperammonemia and Encephalopathy

    Warn patients about the possible development of hyperammonemia with or without encephalopathy. Although hyperammonemia may be asymptomatic, clinical symptoms of hyperammonemic encephalopathy often include acute alterations in level of consciousness and/or cognitive function with lethargy and/or vomiting. This hyperammonemia and encephalopathy can develop with TOPAMAX® treatment alone or with TOPAMAX® treatment with concomitant valproic acid (VPA).

    Instruct patients to contact their physician if they develop unexplained lethargy, vomiting, or changes in mental status [see Warnings and Precautions (5.9)].

    Kidney Stones

    Instruct patients, particularly those with predisposing factors, to maintain an adequate fluid intake in order to minimize the risk of kidney stone formation [see Warnings and Precautions (5.10)].

    Instructions for a Missing Dose

    Instruct patients that if they miss a single dose of TOPAMAX®, it should be taken as soon as possible. However, if a patient is within 6 hours of taking the next scheduled dose, tell the patient to wait until then to take the usual dose of TOPAMAX®, and to skip the missed dose. Tell patients that they should not take a double dose in the event of a missed dose. Advise patients to contact their healthcare provider if they have missed more than one dose.

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    Manufactured by:

    Janssen Ortho, LLC

    Gurabo, Puerto Rico 00778

    Manufactured for:

    Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

    Titusville, NJ 08560

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  • MEDICATION GUIDE

    MEDICATION GUIDE
    TOPAMAX® (TOE-PA-MAX)
    (topiramate)
    Tablets
    TOPAMAX® (TOE-PA-MAX)
    (topiramate)
    Sprinkle Capsules
    This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Revised:05/2017
    What is the most important information I should know about TOPAMAX®?
    TOPAMAX® may cause eye problems.
    Serious eye problems include:
    • any sudden decrease in vision with or without eye pain and redness,
    • a blockage of fluid in the eye causing increased pressure in the eye (secondary angle closure glaucoma).
    • These eye problems can lead to permanent loss of vision if not treated.
    • You should call your healthcare provider right away if you have any new eye symptoms, including any new problems with your vision.
    TOPAMAX® may cause decreased sweating and increased body temperature (fever). People, especially children, should be watched for signs of decreased sweating and fever, especially in hot temperatures. Some people may need to be hospitalized for this condition. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have a high fever, a fever that does not go away, or decreased sweating.
    TOPAMAX® can increase the level of acid in your blood (metabolic acidosis). If left untreated, metabolic acidosis can cause brittle or soft bones (osteoporosis, osteomalacia, osteopenia), kidney stones, can slow the rate of growth in children, and may possibly harm your baby if you are pregnant. Metabolic acidosis can happen with or without symptoms.
    Sometimes people with metabolic acidosis will:
    • feel tired
    • not feel hungry (loss of appetite)
    • feel changes in heartbeat
    • have trouble thinking clearly
    Your healthcare provider should do a blood test to measure the level of acid in your blood before and during your treatment with TOPAMAX®. If you are pregnant, you should talk to your healthcare provider about whether you have metabolic acidosis.
    Like other antiepileptic drugs, TOPAMAX® may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500.
    Call a healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:
    • thoughts about suicide or dying
    • attempts to commit suicide
    • new or worse depression
    • new or worse anxiety
    • feeling agitated or restless
    • panic attacks
    • trouble sleeping (insomnia)
    • new or worse irritability
    • acting aggressive, being angry, or violent
    • acting on dangerous impulses
    • an extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
    • other unusual changes in behavior or mood
    Do not stop TOPAMAX® without first talking to a healthcare provider.
    • Stopping TOPAMAX® suddenly can cause serious problems.
    • Suicidal thoughts or actions can be caused by things other than medicines. If you have suicidal thoughts or actions, your healthcare provider may check for other causes.
    How can I watch for early symptoms of suicidal thoughts and actions?
    • Pay attention to any changes, especially sudden changes, in mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings.
    • Keep all follow-up visits with your healthcare provider as scheduled.
    • Call your healthcare provider between visits as needed, especially if you are worried about symptoms.
    TOPAMAX® can harm your unborn baby.
    • If you take TOPAMAX® during pregnancy, your baby has a higher risk for birth defects called cleft lip and cleft palate. These defects can begin early in pregnancy, even before you know you are pregnant.
    • Cleft lip and cleft palate may happen even in children born to women who are not taking any medicines and do not have other risk factors.
    • There may be other medicines to treat your condition that have a lower chance of birth defects.
    • All women of childbearing age should talk to their healthcare providers about using other possible treatments instead of TOPAMAX®. If the decision is made to use TOPAMAX®, you should use effective birth control (contraception) unless you are planning to become pregnant. You should talk to your doctor about the best kind of birth control to use while you are taking TOPAMAX®.
    • Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while taking TOPAMAX®. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will continue to take TOPAMAX® while you are pregnant.
    • If you take TOPAMAX® during pregnancy, your baby may be smaller than expected at birth. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have questions about this risk during pregnancy.
    • Metabolic acidosis may have harmful effects on your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider if TOPAMAX® has caused metabolic acidosis during your pregnancy.
    • Pregnancy Registry: If you become pregnant while taking TOPAMAX®, talk to your healthcare provider about registering with the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry. You can enroll in this registry by calling 1-888-233-2334. The purpose of this registry is to collect information about the safety of antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy.
    What is TOPAMAX®?
    TOPAMAX® is a prescription medicine used:
    • to treat certain types of seizures (partial onset seizures and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures) in adults and children 2 years and older,
    • with other medicines to treat certain types of seizures (partial onset seizures, primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, and seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome) in adults and children 2 years and older,
    • to prevent migraine headaches in adults and adolescents 12 years and older.
    What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking TOPAMAX®?
    Before taking TOPAMAX®, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
    • have or have had depression, mood problems, or suicidal thoughts or behavior
    • have kidney problems, have kidney stones, or are getting kidney dialysis
    • have a history of metabolic acidosis (too much acid in the blood)
    • have liver problems
    • have weak, brittle, or soft bones (osteomalacia, osteoporosis, osteopenia, or decreased bone density)
    • have lung or breathing problems
    • have eye problems, especially glaucoma
    • have diarrhea
    • have a growth problem
    • are on a diet high in fat and low in carbohydrates, which is called a ketogenic diet
    • are having surgery
    • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
    • are breastfeeding. TOPAMAX® passes into breast milk. It is not known if the TOPAMAX® that passes into breast milk can harm your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you take TOPAMAX®.
    Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. TOPAMAX® and other medicines may affect each other causing side effects.
    Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take:
    • Valproic acid (such as DEPAKENE or DEPAKOTE)
    • any medicines that impair or decrease your thinking, concentration, or muscle coordination
    • birth control pills. TOPAMAX® may make your birth control pills less effective. Tell your healthcare provider if your menstrual bleeding changes while you are taking birth control pills and TOPAMAX®.
    Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure if your medicine is listed above.
    Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist each time you get a new medicine. Do not start a new medicine without talking with your healthcare provider.
    How should I take TOPAMAX®?
    • Take TOPAMAX® exactly as prescribed.
    • Your healthcare provider may change your dose. Do not change your dose without talking to your healthcare provider.
    • TOPAMAX® Tablets should be swallowed whole. Do not chew the tablets. They may leave a bitter taste.
    • TOPAMAX® Sprinkle Capsules may be swallowed whole or may be opened and sprinkled on a teaspoon of soft food. Drink fluids right after eating the food and medicine mixture to make sure it is all swallowed. Do not chew food and medicine mixture.
    • Do not store any medicine and food mixture for later use.
    • TOPAMAX® can be taken before, during, or after a meal. Drink plenty of fluids during the day. This may help prevent kidney stones while taking TOPAMAX®.
    • If you take too much TOPAMAX®, call your healthcare provider or poison control center right away or go to the nearest emergency room.
    • If you miss a single dose of TOPAMAX®, take it as soon as you can. However, if you are within 6 hours of taking your next scheduled dose, wait until then to take your usual dose of TOPAMAX®, and skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose. If you have missed more than one dose, you should call your healthcare provider for advice.
    • Do not stop taking TOPAMAX® without talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping TOPAMAX® suddenly may cause serious problems. If you have epilepsy and you stop taking TOPAMAX® suddenly, you may have seizures that do not stop. Your healthcare provider will tell you how to stop taking TOPAMAX® slowly.
    • Your healthcare provider may do blood tests while you take TOPAMAX®.
    What should I avoid while taking TOPAMAX®?
    • Do not drink alcohol while taking TOPAMAX®. TOPAMAX® and alcohol can affect each other causing side effects such as sleepiness and dizziness.
    • Do not drive a car or operate heavy machinery until you know how TOPAMAX® affects you. TOPAMAX® can slow your thinking and motor skills, and may affect vision.
    What are the possible side effects of TOPAMAX®?
    TOPAMAX® may cause serious side effects including:
    See "What is the most important information I should know about TOPAMAX®?"
    • High blood ammonia levels. High ammonia in the blood can affect your mental activities, slow your alertness, make you feel tired, or cause vomiting. This has happened when TOPAMAX® is taken with a medicine called valproic acid (DEPAKENE and DEPAKOTE).
    • Kidney stones. Drink plenty of fluids when taking TOPAMAX® to decrease your chances of getting kidney stones.
    • Low body temperature. Taking TOPAMAX® when you are also taking valproic acid can cause a drop in body temperature to less than 95°F, feeling tired, confusion, or coma.
    • Effects on thinking and alertness. TOPAMAX® may affect how you think and cause confusion, problems with concentration, attention, memory, or speech. TOPAMAX® may cause depression or mood problems, tiredness, and sleepiness.
    • Dizziness or loss of muscle coordination.

    Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the symptoms above.
    The most common side effects of TOPAMAX® include:

    • tingling of the arms and legs (paresthesia)
    • not feeling hungry
    • nausea
    • a change in the way foods taste
    • diarrhea
    • weight loss
    • nervousness
    • upper respiratory tract infection
    • speech problems
    • tiredness
    • dizziness
    • sleepiness/drowsiness
    • slow reactions
    • difficulty with memory
    • pain in the abdomen
    • fever
    • abnormal vision
    • decreased feeling or sensitivity, especially in the skin
    Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of TOPAMAX®. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
    You may also report side effects to Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. at 1-800-JANSSEN (1-800-526-7736).
    How should I store TOPAMAX®?
    • Store TOPAMAX® Tablets at room temperature, 59°F to 86°F (15°C to 30°C).
    • Store TOPAMAX® Sprinkle Capsules at or below 77°F (25°C).
    • Keep TOPAMAX® in a tightly closed container.
    • Keep TOPAMAX® dry and away from moisture.
    Keep TOPAMAX® and all medicines out of the reach of children.
    General information about the safe and effective use of TOPAMAX®.
    Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use TOPAMAX® for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give TOPAMAX® to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.
    This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about TOPAMAX®. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about TOPAMAX® that is written for health professionals.
    What are the ingredients in TOPAMAX®?
    Active ingredient:
    topiramate
    Inactive ingredients:
    • Tablets - carnauba wax, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, pregelatinized starch, purified water, sodium starch glycolate, synthetic iron oxide, and titanium dioxide.
    • Sprinkle Capsules - black pharmaceutical ink, cellulose acetate, gelatin, povidone, sodium lauryl sulfate, sorbitan monolaurate, sugar spheres (sucrose and starch) and titanium dioxide.
    Manufactured by: Janssen Ortho, LLC, Guarabo, Puerto Rico 00778; Manufactured for: Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Titusville, NJ 08560
    © Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 2009
    For more information, go to www.topamax.com or call 1-800-JANSSEN (1-800-526-7736).
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    25 mg

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    60 tablets

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    TopAMAX®
    (topiramate) Tablets

    50 mg

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    Before Dispensing

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    TopAMAX®
    (topiramate) Tablets

    100 mg

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    Before Dispensing

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    TopAMAX®
    (topiramate) Tablets

    200 mg

    CAUTION: Verify Prescription
    Before Dispensing

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    NDC 50458-647-65

    TopAMAX®
    (topiramate capsules)
    Sprinkle Capsules

    15 mg

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    TopAMAX®
    (topiramate capsules)
    Sprinkle Capsules

    25 mg

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  • INGREDIENTS AND APPEARANCE
    TOPAMAX 
    topiramate tablet, coated
    Product Information
    Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG Item Code (Source) NDC:50458-639
    Route of Administration ORAL
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    topiramate (UNII: 0H73WJJ391) (topiramate - UNII:0H73WJJ391) topiramate 25 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient Name Strength
    lactose monohydrate (UNII: EWQ57Q8I5X)  
    MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE (UNII: OP1R32D61U)  
    sodium starch glycolate type A potato (UNII: 5856J3G2A2)  
    magnesium stearate (UNII: 70097M6I30)  
    water (UNII: 059QF0KO0R)  
    carnauba wax (UNII: R12CBM0EIZ)  
    HYPROMELLOSE, UNSPECIFIED (UNII: 3NXW29V3WO)  
    titanium dioxide (UNII: 15FIX9V2JP)  
    POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL, UNSPECIFIED (UNII: 3WJQ0SDW1A)  
    polysorbate 80 (UNII: 6OZP39ZG8H)  
    Product Characteristics
    Color YELLOW (cream) Score no score
    Shape ROUND Size 6mm
    Flavor Imprint Code OMN;25
    Contains     
    Packaging
    # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    1 NDC:50458-639-65 60 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product 01/01/1997
    Marketing Information
    Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    NDA NDA020505 01/01/1997
    TOPAMAX 
    topiramate tablet, coated
    Product Information
    Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG Item Code (Source) NDC:50458-640
    Route of Administration ORAL
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    topiramate (UNII: 0H73WJJ391) (topiramate - UNII:0H73WJJ391) topiramate 50 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient Name Strength
    lactose monohydrate (UNII: EWQ57Q8I5X)  
    MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE (UNII: OP1R32D61U)  
    sodium starch glycolate type A potato (UNII: 5856J3G2A2)  
    magnesium stearate (UNII: 70097M6I30)  
    water (UNII: 059QF0KO0R)  
    carnauba wax (UNII: R12CBM0EIZ)  
    HYPROMELLOSE, UNSPECIFIED (UNII: 3NXW29V3WO)  
    titanium dioxide (UNII: 15FIX9V2JP)  
    POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL, UNSPECIFIED (UNII: 3WJQ0SDW1A)  
    polysorbate 80 (UNII: 6OZP39ZG8H)  
    Product Characteristics
    Color YELLOW (light yellow) Score no score
    Shape ROUND Size 8mm
    Flavor Imprint Code OMN;50
    Contains     
    Packaging
    # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    1 NDC:50458-640-65 60 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product 01/01/1997
    Marketing Information
    Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    NDA NDA020505 01/01/1997
    TOPAMAX 
    topiramate tablet, coated
    Product Information
    Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG Item Code (Source) NDC:50458-641
    Route of Administration ORAL
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    topiramate (UNII: 0H73WJJ391) (topiramate - UNII:0H73WJJ391) topiramate 100 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient Name Strength
    lactose monohydrate (UNII: EWQ57Q8I5X)  
    MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE (UNII: OP1R32D61U)  
    sodium starch glycolate type A potato (UNII: 5856J3G2A2)  
    magnesium stearate (UNII: 70097M6I30)  
    water (UNII: 059QF0KO0R)  
    carnauba wax (UNII: R12CBM0EIZ)  
    HYPROMELLOSE, UNSPECIFIED (UNII: 3NXW29V3WO)  
    titanium dioxide (UNII: 15FIX9V2JP)  
    POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL, UNSPECIFIED (UNII: 3WJQ0SDW1A)  
    polysorbate 80 (UNII: 6OZP39ZG8H)  
    Product Characteristics
    Color YELLOW Score no score
    Shape ROUND Size 10mm
    Flavor Imprint Code OMN;100
    Contains     
    Packaging
    # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    1 NDC:50458-641-65 60 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product 01/01/1997
    Marketing Information
    Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    NDA NDA020505 01/01/1997
    TOPAMAX 
    topiramate tablet, coated
    Product Information
    Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG Item Code (Source) NDC:50458-642
    Route of Administration ORAL
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    topiramate (UNII: 0H73WJJ391) (topiramate - UNII:0H73WJJ391) topiramate 200 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient Name Strength
    lactose monohydrate (UNII: EWQ57Q8I5X)  
    MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE (UNII: OP1R32D61U)  
    sodium starch glycolate type A potato (UNII: 5856J3G2A2)  
    magnesium stearate (UNII: 70097M6I30)  
    water (UNII: 059QF0KO0R)  
    carnauba wax (UNII: R12CBM0EIZ)  
    HYPROMELLOSE, UNSPECIFIED (UNII: 3NXW29V3WO)  
    titanium dioxide (UNII: 15FIX9V2JP)  
    POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL, UNSPECIFIED (UNII: 3WJQ0SDW1A)  
    polysorbate 80 (UNII: 6OZP39ZG8H)  
    Product Characteristics
    Color ORANGE (salmon) Score no score
    Shape ROUND Size 10mm
    Flavor Imprint Code OMN;200
    Contains     
    Packaging
    # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    1 NDC:50458-642-65 60 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product 01/01/1997
    Marketing Information
    Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    NDA NDA020505 01/01/1997
    TOPAMAX 
    topiramate capsule, coated pellets
    Product Information
    Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG Item Code (Source) NDC:50458-647
    Route of Administration ORAL
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    topiramate (UNII: 0H73WJJ391) (topiramate - UNII:0H73WJJ391) topiramate 15 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient Name Strength
    raw sugar (UNII: 8M707QY5GH)  
    POVIDONE, UNSPECIFIED (UNII: FZ989GH94E)  
    cellulose acetate (UNII: 3J2P07GVB6)  
    GELATIN, UNSPECIFIED (UNII: 2G86QN327L)  
    sorbitan monolaurate (UNII: 6W9PS8B71J)  
    sodium lauryl sulfate (UNII: 368GB5141J)  
    titanium dioxide (UNII: 15FIX9V2JP)  
    Product Characteristics
    Color WHITE (white and clear) Score no score
    Shape CAPSULE Size 18mm
    Flavor Imprint Code TOP;15mg
    Contains     
    Packaging
    # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    1 NDC:50458-647-65 60 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product 11/01/1998
    Marketing Information
    Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    NDA NDA020844 11/01/1998
    TOPAMAX 
    topiramate capsule, coated pellets
    Product Information
    Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG Item Code (Source) NDC:50458-645
    Route of Administration ORAL
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    topiramate (UNII: 0H73WJJ391) (topiramate - UNII:0H73WJJ391) topiramate 25 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient Name Strength
    raw sugar (UNII: 8M707QY5GH)  
    POVIDONE, UNSPECIFIED (UNII: FZ989GH94E)  
    cellulose acetate (UNII: 3J2P07GVB6)  
    GELATIN, UNSPECIFIED (UNII: 2G86QN327L)  
    sorbitan monolaurate (UNII: 6W9PS8B71J)  
    sodium lauryl sulfate (UNII: 368GB5141J)  
    titanium dioxide (UNII: 15FIX9V2JP)  
    Product Characteristics
    Color WHITE (white and clear) Score no score
    Shape CAPSULE Size 19mm
    Flavor Imprint Code TOP;25mg
    Contains     
    Packaging
    # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    1 NDC:50458-645-65 60 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product 11/01/1998
    Marketing Information
    Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    NDA NDA020844 11/01/1998
    Labeler - Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (063137772)
    Establishment
    Name Address ID/FEI Business Operations
    Janssen Ortho, LLC 805887986 MANUFACTURE(50458-639, 50458-640, 50458-641, 50458-642, 50458-647, 50458-645) , ANALYSIS(50458-639, 50458-640, 50458-641, 50458-642, 50458-647, 50458-645)
    Establishment
    Name Address ID/FEI Business Operations
    Noramco, Inc. 057234486 API MANUFACTURE(50458-639, 50458-640, 50458-641, 50458-642, 50458-647, 50458-645)
    Establishment
    Name Address ID/FEI Business Operations
    Cilag AG 483237103 API MANUFACTURE(50458-639, 50458-640, 50458-641, 50458-642, 50458-647, 50458-645)
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