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Pharmacotherapy. 2000 Jan;20(1):105-9.

Acute mental status changes and hyperchloremic metabolic acidosis with long-term topiramate therapy.

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Department of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and the Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock 72205-7122, USA.


Mental status changes and metabolic acidosis may occur with topiramate therapy. These adverse events were reported during dosage titration and with high dosages of the drug. A 20-year-old man receiving topiramate, valproic acid, and phenytoin experienced acute-onset mental status changes with hyperchloremic metabolic acidosis. He had been receiving a modest dose of topiramate for 9 months. He was weaned off topiramate over 5 days, and his mental status returned to baseline within 48 hours of discontinuing the agent. This case illustrates the need for close evaluation of patients who experience acute-onset mental status changes during topiramate therapy.

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