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Could severe OCD along with keppra (levetiracetam) make you hallucinate things, impair judgement, and make depression worse?
Yes it can: Keppra (levetiracetam) itself can cause hallucinations and depression, as well as increased aggression, paranoia, irritability, and panic attacks. Severe ocd would not improve any of these things, and may worsen them. A significant portion of people with ocd also experience depression, even without being on keppra (levetiracetam). ...Read more
Keppra/Lamictal?: There are no specific drug-drug interactions between Lamictal and keppra (levetiracetam). Lamictal is titrated slowly to diminish risk of rash, which can be severe if not addressed. It is generally a very well tolerated medication otherwise. Sleepiness, dizziness, weakness, mild mood changes are the most common side effects with Keppra (levetiracetam) and are usually mild and transient. ...Read more
Not likely: Although Keppra (levetiracetam) 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
Any suggestions on which medication is stronger, keppra (levetiracetam) from 1 g or lamictal 100 mg?
Dose vs mechanism: I'm not sure you can compare dose in two seizure meds that have different mechanisms of action. 3000-4000 mg a day for Keppra (levetiracetam) is the ceiling dose in 90 percent of adult patients. Lamictal titration is limited by the risk of developing stevens johnson syndrome ( i start with 25 mg twice a day and don't increase it any faster than 25 mg in 2 week increments up to 150 twice a day). Others go higher. ...Read more
I feel my head is cold is that what you call light head?Im taking keppra (levetiracetam)?Is it okay?
No: Lightheaded is usually a sensation of faintness, or often dizziness . Occasionally the sensation of passing out can be called lightheaded. Keppra (levetiracetam) is an anti epileptic drug used to prevent seizures occasionally used to treat neuropathic pain. If you are on Keppra (levetiracetam) talk to your dr. About the sensations you are having to see if they want to change the drug or dose. ...Read more