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How safe is keppra (levetiracetam) and lamotrigine during pregnancy?

How safe is keppra (levetiracetam) and lamotrigine during 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

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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


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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

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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) lower my white blood count?

Will keppra (levetiracetam) lower my white blood count?

Not usually: Keppra (levetiracetam) can lower the white blood cell count uncommonly in adults but in up to 2% of children(usually mildly and not requiring discontinuation). Serious lowering of the critical Neutrophil count(Neutropenia) is rare but can occur. ...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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How effective is Levetiracetam (Keppra)for treating epilepsy?

Effective: Lepta is one of the newer generation of anti seizure medications. It can be very effective and is often thought of as a first line treatment. ...Read more

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Why is my son having break thru seizures on keppra (levetiracetam)?

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 more

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Could being on Depakote or keppra (levetiracetam) harm my baby at 8 weeks?

Could being on Depakote or keppra (levetiracetam) harm my baby at 8 weeks?

Confusing question: Your ? Does not indicate whether this is about breastfeeding an 8 wk old or being 8 wk pregnant. Depakote is a problem in both situations while Keppra (levetiracetam) is considered relatively safe in both.Please be clear when you submit questions to the site. ...Read more

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Can i take kre-alkalyn creatine, while taking keppra (levetiracetam). Would that be safe?

Who knows: I am amazed the amount money people spend on these products, , the seller who benefits most , always will advertise with a buzz word ' tons of scientific evidence' , i yet to have read one paper written by scientists not by quacks in a peer journal, take what ever you like it is your life , no real licensed md of any country will rx them, fda warned untoward effects on some of these products. ...Read more

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Is it better to take aderoll XR or the short kind while on keppra (levetiracetam) 1000mg XR for seizures ?

Is it better to take aderoll XR or the short kind while on keppra (levetiracetam) 1000mg XR for seizures ?

Good question: There is probably a subtly increased risk of seizure due to your Adderall use, and hopefully your Keppra (levetiracetam) dose is sufficient to control it. Talk to your neurologist, but my inclination is to recommend you take the xr version because the short kind will cause higher peak concentrations of adderall, and more variation in drug levels, and that seems more destabilizing from a seizure standpoint. ...Read more

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I am off of keppra (levetiracetam) but the rash continues.. How long should it take for the itching and rash to stop?

I am off of keppra (levetiracetam) but the rash continues.. How long should it take for the itching and rash to stop?

A couple of weeks: the rash and itching are known dude effects of the drug. Contact your doctor if you still have these symptoms beyond a couple of weeks. Main question would be to get an alternative medicine. Feel better:) ...Read more

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I was wondering if taking a 750mg epilepsy (keppra) pill (or half of it) would be dangerous to do if i don't have it?

Probably not.: Let's assume you are taking it for seizures. The standard form of Keppra (levetiracetam) is taken twice a day. Doses vary, but the proper dose is the one that controls seizures without causing side effects. That dose is usually between 500 to 3000 mg per day. In general, these doses are well tolerated. ...Read more

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I have been on keppra (levetiracetam) almost a year. I had 1 seizure last September. Will I need to stay on it? I take 2000 mg a day.

I have been on keppra (levetiracetam) almost a year. I had 1 seizure last September. Will I need to stay on it? I take 2000 mg a day.

That is a: Discussion between you and your neurologist who knows you and all of your information . Would it even be worth, for the sale of argent, going off it and risking a seizure and losing your independence by not being able to drive?? I'm sure most states have seizure free no drive limits!! ...Read more

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Is generic keppra (levetiracetam) the same as the regular, my husband is on brand and it is very expensive doctor prefers him to not take generic ?

Is generic keppra (levetiracetam) the same as the regular, my husband is on brand and it is very expensive doctor prefers him to not take generic ?

Generic Keppra (levetiracetam): dose should be split (twice a day dosing) to improve 24 hour coverage even if its the once a day generic keppra (levetiracetam). I usually also give 10 to 25 mg of Vit B6 daily to avoid / minimize side effects ("Keppratude") Be careful not to take too much B6 as it has a potential toxicity state. www.healthtap.com/drericweisman ...Read more

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My daughter is taking 1250 mg keppra (levetiracetam) 2 times per day , her mood is always very bad also she has headaches.Please advise about the headache?

My daughter is taking 1250 mg keppra (levetiracetam) 2 times per day , her mood is always very bad also she has headaches.Please advise about the headache?

Keppra (levetiracetam): Without knowing anymore details than you have given, i would discuss this with your neurologist . This can all e a side effect of the Keppra (levetiracetam) ad may improve over time, but may not. ...Read more