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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

Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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