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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

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I have fainted periodically all my life. The last 2 years started having vertigo too. The last EEG abnormal. Dr. Put me on keppra (levetiracetam) 1000mg. Why now?

To prevent seizures: Your dr likely put you on Keppra (levetiracetam) because an electrical activity consistent with a seizure was seen on the electroencephalogram. Keppra (levetiracetam) is a nerve stabilizer that is commonly used to prevent seizures in patients at risk of getting them. ...Read more

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I have epilepsy, and am currently taking topamax and keppra, (levetiracetam) will either rhodiola or 5-thp have any interaction with my meds, or epilepsy?

I have epilepsy, and am currently taking topamax and keppra, (levetiracetam) will either rhodiola or 5-thp have any interaction  with my meds, or epilepsy?

One at a time: While Keppra (levetiracetam) and topamax do not interact, it is never wise to introduce to variables, in this case rhodiola and 5-htp. There is some evidence that 5-htp can reduce seizure activity, however it is the agent most likely to interact with your other meds. Also, 5-htp can cause GI side effects because of the plethora of receptors in the gut. Rhodiol is a neuroadaptagen that can reduce brain stress. ...Read more

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Is there a better combination for PTC instead of diamox, topamax, and keppra (levetiracetam)? And R we close to a cure?

Is there a better combination for PTC instead of diamox, topamax, and keppra (levetiracetam)? And R we close to a cure?

We have the cure: There is no cure, & we know the cure. Obesity is the major risk factor for PTC. Only 1 of my PTC pts has not been obese and her weight has to stay below 138 lb or the headaches come back. The arachnoid villi that reabsorb the CSF normalize when weight is lost; the abnormality appears in obesity. So for the foreseeable future, the "cure" for PTC will be weight loss. ...Read more

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My 22 month old son just started keppra (levetiracetam) yesterday , he already is experiencing the runny nose side effect. Will b-12 help this and how much ? 17lbs

My 22 month old son just started keppra (levetiracetam) yesterday , he already is experiencing the runny nose side effect. Will b-12 help this and how much ? 17lbs

Keppra (levetiracetam): I find no reference to confirm that will help and it also doesn make sense that it will. Only 4% of patients reported runny nose with Keppra (levetiracetam) and many of those might have another cause. ...Read more

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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