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How is keppra (levetiracetam) weaned down?

How is keppra (levetiracetam) weaned down?

Keppra (levetiracetam) weaned down?: So you're taking keppra (levetiracetam) and you want to stop taking it. Have you discussed this with the doctor who is prescribing the keppra (levetiracetam)? Have you asked your doctor the post question? Please repost and state your doctor's answers to your questions; or, if you haven't asked your doctor, please state why not. ...Read more

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Does keppra (levetiracetam) need to be weaned when taken off?

Should be: Too rapid withdrawal without tapering, could cause sudden seizure activity. Avoid this by working closely with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the protocol for weaning off keppra (levetiracetam)?

What is the protocol for weaning off keppra (levetiracetam)?

Talk to neurologist: Assuming you are taking Keppra (levetiracetam) for seizures, you should only stop this medication with the support of your neurologist. He or she should be able to give you specific instructions. ...Read more

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Need instructions on how to correctly wean off Keppra (levetiracetam). Have only been on it since 7/4/2014. 500mg in am, and 500mg in pm. Having HORRIBLE side effects?

With permission: With permission of your neurologist, a typical plan is to change the dose to 250 mg twice a day for 1 week, then 250 mg once a day for one week, then stop. If you use the medicine to prevent seizures, you may need something in its place. ...Read more

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What is the procedure for weaning off anti epileptic drugs, specifically keppra (levetiracetam)?

With Your Doctor: Weaning off of Keppra (levetiracetam) will depend on the dosage and length of time on the medication. It would be tapered down, much the same as it is generally started. Because of complications, it should only be done under your doctor's supervision. It is not something to try on your own at home. ...Read more

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I had one seizure which is how we found out i had a benign meningioma. Been on keppra (levetiracetam) for 1 yr. What is recommended schedule to wean off?

I had one seizure which is how we found out i had a benign meningioma.  Been on keppra (levetiracetam) for 1 yr. What is recommended schedule to wean off?

Tough answer. : There are many factors for you and your neurologist to consider before discussing a medication taper. First, if the meningioma is still there, you'll continue to be at risk for seizures. If the meningioma was removed, repeat eeg's would also need to be performed to look at your potential risk for future seizures. After that, your neurologist may consider tapering you off. ...Read more

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Seizure free almost 3 years, monotherapy keppra (levetiracetam) 1000mg tid. want to wean off meds to have kids. Am I considered stable, is weaning an option?

Seizure free almost 3 years, monotherapy  keppra (levetiracetam) 1000mg tid. want to wean off meds to have kids. Am I considered stable, is weaning an option?

Not so fast!: Prior to you tapering off meds, you will need an exam by neurologist, an updated EEG, and maybe some blood tests. If all is normal, no guarantee of full success, but odds are with you. Keppra (levetiracetam) seems safe during pregnancy, but not fully clear re fetal abnormalities. However, a seizure could cause a miscarriage. Discuss with your neurologist, pediatrician, and obstetrician. Hope all works out. ...Read more

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Simple partial seizure, 26 mos since last episode, on Keppra (levetiracetam) 250mg once a day for 26 months. What's recommended weaning schedule?

Take your time: It may or may not be safe to stop your medication at this point. I usually wait at least 3 yrs, and if totally seizure free over this time, I check an EEG, and repeat neurological exam. If all is well, would wean over about 3-4 months. But, you are taking exceptionally low dose of Keppra, (levetiracetam) which is likely sub therapeutic. Work closely with your neurologist. ...Read more

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My doctor put me on 300 of dilatin..50 lomitrigan...500 of keppra (levetiracetam) in the er...i was told i would be weaned off dilatin..can i stop taking it?

Seizure disorder: Do not stop taking any medication until you have discussed the dosage specifically with your physician. Rapid reduction in serum levels can lead to seizures. ...Read more