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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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Will levetiracetam (keppra) cause nausea? Wife was prescribed 750mg twice a day beginning 9/16 following two seziures and hospitalization on 9/14-15/2012. Neurologist reduced it 9/18 to 1/2 pill in the am and full pill at night (to use up what we bought)

Will  levetiracetam (keppra) cause nausea? Wife was prescribed 750mg twice a day beginning 9/16 following two seziures and hospitalization on 9/14-15/2012. Neurologist reduced it 9/18 to 1/2 pill in the am and full pill at night (to use up what we bought)

Levetriacetam: This drug has multiple toxicities, several of which are quite dangerous. Almost any medication can produce nausea in a given patient, but this is seldom described with this compound. Discuss with the prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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I'm wondering can the medication keppra, (levetiracetam) used to treat epilepsy, be tested and monitored by drawing a blood level?

I'm wondering can the medication keppra, (levetiracetam) used to treat epilepsy, be tested and monitored by drawing a blood level?

Yes.: But remember...the terms "normal level" and "normal rangel" are misleading. The truly normal level is zero. Everything over zero is abnormal. I use the term "commonly useful range" because so it doesn't foster thinking that we treat the drug level...We treat the person! And no drug level makes any sense without asking 1) are you having seizures? 2) are you having side effects? ...Read more

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I'm just starting out on keppra for my epileptic seizures. Does it interfere with yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) being effective in preventing pregnancies?

I'm just starting out on keppra for my epileptic seizures. Does it interfere with yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) being effective in preventing pregnancies?

No.: Keppra is metabolized by the kidneys, whereas yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) (and most oral contraceptive pills) are metabolized by the liver. Keppra is one of the best choices for seizure treatment in anyone taking other medications because it has a lower likelihood of drug interactions. ...Read more

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Will keppra (levetiracetam) for seizures cause any damage to a horseshoe kidney?

No - you will be ok: Keppra (levetiracetam) does not affect the kidneys much, it is predominantly metabolized in the blood. A horseshoe kidney has a different shape, but it is not especially susceptible to the toxic effects of medications. You should not be concerned about the effects of keppra (levetiracetam) on your kidney. ...Read more