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Doctor insights on: Coming Off Keppra

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Does levetiracetam work like keppra?

Does levetiracetam work like keppra?

Generics: Keppra (levetiracetam) is the name brand and made by only one manufacturer...Ubc. Levetiracetam is the generic which has to comply with fda to be 100% +/- 20% of the milligram percentage of the active name brand. There are countless different generic manufacturers...If you are worried about the generic potency d/w your doctor and probably get a blood level to see how your body absorbs the drug... ...Read more

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Is taking 6000 mg daily keppra (levetiracetam) a lot ?

Yes.: That is a very high dose of Keppra (levetiracetam). Fortunately, Keppra (levetiracetam) is a fairly safe and well tolerated medication but could produce behavioral and mood side effects. I would speak to your prescribing physician about a lower dose or an alternative medication. Increasing doses of Keppra (levetiracetam) usually does not provide further benefit. ...Read more

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Should I drive if I'm taking Keppra (levetiracetam)?

Should I drive if I'm taking Keppra (levetiracetam)?

Seizures: If you are on Keppra (levetiracetam) for seizures or having a condition in which you could have seizures you should not drive unless your neurologist clears you to do so. Depending on where you live , you need to be seizure free for 6 months. You should discuss this with your neurologist ...Read more

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Are there any serious reactions to keppra (levetiracetam)?

Keppra (levetiracetam): Sometimes see a problem with people becoming somewhat cranky on keppra (levetiracetam). Its referred to as 'keppra (levetiracetam)tude' in some circles. Apparently Keppra (levetiracetam) can interfere with pyridoxine (vitamin b6) metabolism. Many of my patients improve with 25 mg of b6. Be carefull though as b6 has a toxicity state. You might want to have your blood b6 level monitored. Sedation / dizziness / rash are seen especially early in tx. ...Read more

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Can you eat grapefruit while taking Keppra (levetiracetam) xr?

Yes: There are no listed adverse interactions between Keppra (levetiracetam) or Keppra (levetiracetam) XR and grapefruit. The only food interaction is sage, and that is listed as a minor interaction. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: keppra (levetiracetam)?

Anti-epileptic: Leviteracetam is an anti-epileptic drug of the modern era, and helps control a variety of seizure disorders, even cases of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. Can be used in post- hypoxic action myoclonus. Does not have profound drug-drug interactions, but does cause drowsiness, dizziness, and occasional psychiatric adverse events. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me if i will ever get off keppra (levetiracetam)?

Can you please tell me if i will ever get off keppra (levetiracetam)?

Hard to say: Depending on how well your seizures have been controlled and the risk of recurrent seizures (given your MRI and eeg findings), your doctor may consider gradually tapering off the medication at some point. However, this is a very individualized decision. Since we do not have the specifics of your situation, your neurologist would be the best person to address this concern. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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My keppra (levetiracetam) level is 78 is that dangerous I am taking 4000 mg daily.

My keppra (levetiracetam) level is 78 is that dangerous I am taking 4000 mg daily.

Tx range 5-30 µg/mL: Per aruplab.Com, the proposed range is well below 78, assuming you are referring to this same scale. Notice the word "proposed". Why? Because no one really knows & the issue is always the fantastic complexity of individual response; also the reason your primary doctor (like it or not, good at it or not) is yourself. Other people are focusing on their perspective & guessing, perhaps better educated. ...Read more