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Keppra 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
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
Yes: It's basically just sugar and aspartame (nutrasweet). As long as you don't have phenyketonuria, you can take it. I am not a fan of aspartame anytime, and i think it's especially important to avoid as many artificial chemicals during pregnancy as possible, so i wouldn't recommend nauzene. There are other nausea treatments that i'd use first (try ginger tea). ...Read more
Prospan is a dried: Ivy leaf extract in syrup form that is used to treat bronchial inflammation ; cough. It is pregnancy category c. Drugs.Com defines fda category c as “animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus ; there are no adequate ; well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.” don't recommend use. ...Read more
Yes: By Brinjal, do you mean Eggplant? Only in the Indian cultures Brinjal is suggested to be avoided during pregnancy (Ayurveda) A normal eggplant has lots of vitamin A, dietary fiber iron. These are essential nutrients that are needed during pregnancy. It is believed that eggplants contain large amounts of phytohormones that may cause contractions so use your judgement. Moderation is key. ...Read more
Obstetrics: I am not sure what you are asking. In the U.S. The moment one knows they are pregnant they go to see an obstetrician who runs all kinds of tests, gives literature to read and a schedule on how often and when they should be monitored. I am not sure of the culture there in india. ...Read more