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Keppra And Pregnancy
Relatively safe: Keppra (levetiracetam) ; Lamictal are both pregnancy category c antiepileptic drugs (aeds). Lamictal nearly earned category b recommendation, considered the safest AED during pregnancy. Keppra (levetiracetam) has minimal side effects in people taking it, generally benefit outweighs risk. The harm of 1 breakthrough sz on fetus is usually greater than 9 months' exposure to any aed, but Keppra (levetiracetam) + Lamictal is safe ; effective. ...Read more
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
How safe is the epilepsy drug keppra (levetiracetam) to take during pregnancy? I'm 10 weeks preg. Have stopped taking it, but i'd like to resume keppra (levetiracetam) soon if safe
Is an unplanned pregnancy bad for an epileptic? Its controlled with Keppra (levetiracetam) and havnt had a seizure for about 4 yrs.
Not necessarily : Lots of epileptics become pregnant and have healthy children. That being said, you should see an obstetrician during your pregnancy. Most likely, your doctor will have you see your neurologist for evaluation also. I'd recommend starting on folic acid 1mg a day. Also, schedule an appointment with your doctor ASAP. ...Read more
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
Not right med/dose: Answers include Keppra (levetiracetam) not being the right medication for your sons seizures or he may need an adjustment in dose. There are many other anti seizure medications available. Speak to his prescriber about adjusting his dose or alternative medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer