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Keppra And Pregnancy
Relatively safe: Keppra ; Lamictal are both pregnancy category c antiepileptic drugs (aeds). Lamictal nearly earned category b recommendation, considered the safest AED during pregnancy. Keppra 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 + Lamictal is safe ; effective. ...Read more
If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more
How safe is the epilepsy drug keppra to take during pregnancy? I'm 10 weeks preg. Have stopped taking it, but i'd like to resume keppra soon if safe
I'm just starting out on keppra for my epileptic seizures. Does it interfere with yasmin being effective in preventing pregnancies?
Is an unplanned pregnancy bad for an epileptic? Its controlled with Keppra 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
Not likely: Although Keppra has been used for several yrs, we do not have as much information as we have for Dilantin which started in the 1930's. So far, we do not think it causes long term osteoporosis or nerve damage. There could be a risk to pregnancy and birth defects. Mostly, it seems quite safe for chronic usage, and certainly beats having seizures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I started taking keppra for seizures about a week ago and my boobs started hurting 3 days after can this med cause this pain?
Only 12 cases of: breast pain or tenderness reported out of 19 thousand people reporting side effects since 2008. All were people who were taking Keppra for at least 5 years. All were 50 y/o or older (8 women 4 men) I suggest you consider other causes (birth control / hormones / pregnancy) ...Read more
Yes: Monotherapy (taking only one medication ) is better then polytherapy during the pregnancy. Folic acid is recommended to decrease the chance of structural abnormalities in a baby. Most anticonvulsants may decrease the fertility, but people certainly can get pregnant. Valproic acid is the medication which is known to cause structural abnormalities more often, and also may cause decreased iq. ...Read more
Seizure free almost 3 years, monotherapy keppra 1000mg tid. want to wean off meds to have kids. Am I considered stable, is weaning an option?
Not so fast!: Prior to you tapering off meds, you will need an exam by neurologist, an updated EEG, and maybe some blood tests. If all is normal, no guarantee of full success, but odds are with you. Keppra seems safe during pregnancy, but not fully clear re fetal abnormalities. However, a seizure could cause a miscarriage. Discuss with your neurologist, pediatrician, and obstetrician. Hope all works out. ...Read more
I have epilepsy and im on keppra and lamictal and was wondering if its ok to fall pregnant on them?
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 ...Read more
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