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Logo of behavneuroBehavioural Neurology
Behav Neurol. 2013; 27(3): 285–286.
PMCID: PMC5215572

Topiramate for Abnormal Eating Behaviour in Frontotemporal Dementia


Topiramate is a sulfamate-substituted monosaccharide anticonvulsant that is associated with anorexia and weight loss and has been used to treat binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa. This report describes a man with frontotemporal dementia, behavioural variant, associated with abnormal eating behaviour which appeared to respond to topiramate. We review the physiological basis of abnormal eating behaviour in frontotemporal dementia and explore possible mechanisms of action by which topiramate may modify eating behaviour in this condition.

Keywords: Frontotemporal dementia, executive dysfunction, hyperphagia, topiramate

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