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I take Keppra (levetiracetam) for my seizures. I was ordered to take a drug test a breathalyzer test today. I failed can Keppra (levetiracetam) cause it? I had no alcohol to drink
Can I drink alcohol while taking keppra (levetiracetam)? I don't have epilepsy. Taking this medicine because I had eclampsia after I gave birth which caused 2 seizure
Same issues: Using levETIRAcetam together with ethanol may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. Don't drink and take Keppra together please. Ref: https://www. Drugs. Com/interactions-check. Php? Drug_list=1034-14582, 1448-858 ...Read more
What're the effects drinking alcohol while taking these medications: paroxetine, zolpidem, and levetiracetam?
Additive: Acohol has an additive sedating effect with all those meds. That you're taking that particular pharmacological cocktail implies you have a significant neuropsychiatric disorder. Alcoholmusevin these conditions can be detrimental. Please share your drinking history with prescribing doctor. ...Read more
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
Not known: The best info I could find on this is on the wikipedia. Com website and reads as follows : the exact mechanism by which Levetiracetam acts to treat epilepsy is unknown. However, the drug binds to a synaptic vesicle glycoprotein, sv2a,  and inhibits presynaptic calcium channels. this is believed to impede impulse conduction across synapses.. ...Read more
Levetiracetam is generally well tolerated, but may cause drowsiness, weakness, unsteady gait, coordination problems, headache, pain, forgetfulness, anxiety, irritability or agitation, dizziness, mood changes, nervousness, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and changes in skin pigmentation.
Serious side effects may include depression, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, seizures. ...Read more
Should be: Too rapid withdrawal without tapering, could cause sudden seizure activity. Avoid this by working closely with your doctor. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the dose and the patient. Evereone reacts differently. ...Read more
Usually at least: Some fatty tissue will be lost from the breasts with over-all weight loss. ...Read more
Keppra (levetiracetam): Yes, as do all other medications.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can keppra (levetiracetam) cause dyslexia symptoms? My son started having symptoms shortly after taking the medication
My dr had me stop keppra, (levetiracetam) 750, after 6 months and now I have horrific headaches and feaver. Should o be worried. And how long will this last?
Withdraw...: If you had been seizures free and your doctor determined it is safe to go off medication - as Keppra (levetiracetam)...it should be rather tapered off rather stop as " Cold turkey"! Your symptoms sounds most as a withdraw.. if will eventually go away but there is some risk of seizure as well! Talk to your neurologist ASAP. ...Read more
I've been on Keppra (levetiracetam) 500 MG twice daily 5 years. My Dr. Says OK to come off, & I should cut to once daily for 1 week, then stop. A reasonable taper?
Personally I'd go: ...a bit slower but that's just me.....I can't say that a 1 week taper is unreasonable for Keppra (levetiracetam)...it does not have an exceedingly long half life.....so as soon as you stop taking it the levels begin to drop. If you've got questions then, please visit me and write me a question at: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Not: Some people take as much as 1500 mg twice a day. ...Read more
I have been taking keppra (levetiracetam) generic for about 6 weeks-1000mg. My thoughts seem clearer-is that possible?
Yes: Frequently a generic version is not as potent. Some side effects will improve for that reason. ...Read more
I accidentally took a double dose of generic Keppra (levetiracetam). I took 1500mg and forgot and took 1500 more, am I going to be ok? Thank u!
You should be ok: Although, you might experience some sedation. Avoid driving or doing anything today that requires dexterity. You should feel back to normal by tomorrow. ...Read more