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I am on Keppra (levetiracetam) "anti seizure" medication for 2 years.Will this interfere with my HIV combo negative test results after 3 months by any chance?

I am on Keppra (levetiracetam) "anti seizure" medication for 2 years.Will this interfere with my HIV combo negative test results after 3 months by any chance?

Not really: If you don't have any risk factor for developing HIV, then you will test negative, being on keppra (levetiracetam) per se, and get a positive result, very doubtful ...Read more

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Weight 166.0 need to be 145pounds as per my doctor have seziure problem. Best way to lose weight properly. Take medication keppra (levetiracetam).

Weight 166.0 need to be 145pounds as per my doctor have seziure problem. Best way to lose weight  properly. Take medication keppra (levetiracetam).

Epilepsy: The best way to loose weight is by adequate diet and exercise. Make sure you do not have other conditions like diabetes or hypothyroidism (low thyroid). If you have epilepsy make sure that that type of exercises you are doing are safe for you. Check with your doctor to see if you are able to ride a bicycle or swimm as those exercises should be restricted in patiens with poorly controlled seizures. ...Read more

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I'm wondering can the medication keppra, (levetiracetam) used to treat epilepsy, be tested and monitored by drawing a blood level?

I'm wondering can the medication keppra, (levetiracetam) used to treat epilepsy, be tested and monitored by drawing a blood level?

Yes.: But remember...the terms "normal level" and "normal rangel" are misleading. The truly normal level is zero. Everything over zero is abnormal. I use the term "commonly useful range" because so it doesn't foster thinking that we treat the drug level...We treat the person! And no drug level makes any sense without asking 1) are you having seizures? 2) are you having side effects? ...Read more

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I have anxiety attacks and I have a seizure disorder and i don 't want to take a anything that will interfere with my medications keppra (levetiracetam) 1250 mg?

I have anxiety attacks and I have a seizure disorder and i don 't want to take a anything that will interfere with my medications  keppra (levetiracetam) 1250 mg?

Agree w Dr. Husar: Are you using non-medical approaches to address your anxiety? There are a # of ways to address anxiety: cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program or progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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Can keppra (levetiracetam) cause dyslexia symptoms? My son started having symptoms shortly after taking the medication

Can keppra (levetiracetam) cause dyslexia symptoms?  My son started having symptoms shortly after taking the medication

Keppra (levetiracetam): That's not an expected side effect of keppra (levetiracetam). Perhaps it is causing grogginess or difficulty concentrating due to the medication/dose in which case it may need to be changed. See your neurologist. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on which medication is stronger, keppra (levetiracetam) from 1 g or lamictal 100 mg?

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

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Been on levetiracetam for a month. If i get drunk could it effect my medication or have any ill effects?

Yes - Don't Do it.: Do you have a seizure disorder? If you take Levetiracetam & drink alcohol it can lead to v concentration, ^ drowsiness & v judgment. It may be really problematic if you try to drive with these on board. ...Read more

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What're the effects drinking alcohol while taking these medications: paroxetine, zolpidem, and levetiracetam?

What're the effects drinking alcohol while taking these medications: paroxetine, zolpidem, and levetiracetam?

Additive: Acohol has an additive sedating effect with all those meds. That you're taking that particular pharmacological cocktail implies you have a significant neuropsychiatric disorder. Alcoholmusevin these conditions can be detrimental. Please share your drinking history with prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Vitamin question. Can biotin interfere with seizure medication. I'm on keppra (levetiracetam) and want to take something for my hair loss.

Vitamin question. Can biotin interfere with seizure medication. I'm on keppra (levetiracetam) and want to take something for my hair loss.

Biotin & Keppra (levetiracetam): Although there is no evidence that biotin interacts with any medication, there are some medications that may deplete biotin levels. These include those used to control seizures. It is best to first talk to your health care provider before starting biotin or any other vitamin supplement. This includes topical Rogaine for hair loss as there can be an interaction with Keppra (levetiracetam). ...Read more

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Does levetiracetam work as smart drug? either all recetams?

No: Keppra (levetiracetam) is neuroprotective, but does not function as a smart drug in its true definition. ...Read more

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Can levetiracetam (keppra) drugs hurt you with its side effects?

Can levetiracetam (keppra) drugs hurt you with its side effects?

Moodiness: Keppra (levetiracetam) is a remarkably safe medication. It is handled by the body in a manner that does not damage liver or blood or kidney. However, it can affect mood and emotions and produce unusual behaviors. ...Read more

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Can levetiracetam (keppra) drugs hit you with new side effects when you go back on it?

Can levetiracetam (keppra) drugs hit you with new side effects when you go back on it?

Go slow: If you were on a high dose of keppra, (levetiracetam) then have to stop and re-start, then go low and slow when reloading as rapid titration can cause side effects such as sedation or dizziness or blurry vision. ...Read more

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What is the procedure for weaning off anti epileptic drugs, specifically keppra (levetiracetam)?

What is the procedure for weaning off anti epileptic drugs, specifically keppra (levetiracetam)?

With Your Doctor: Weaning off of Keppra (levetiracetam) will depend on the dosage and length of time on the medication. It would be tapered down, much the same as it is generally started. Because of complications, it should only be done under your doctor's supervision. It is not something to try on your own at home. ...Read more

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Can an anti-epileptic drug such as keppra (levetiracetam) prevent seizures that happen from taking tramadol?

Can an anti-epileptic drug such as keppra (levetiracetam) prevent seizures that happen from taking tramadol?

Perhaps.: In theory, the answer is yes. However, the vast majority of patients who do not already have a seizure disorder will never have seizures or seizure-like activity if they remain below 300mg/day of tramadol. If seizure-like activity is noted, the better choice is to eliminate tramadol, rather than minimize side effects with yet another medication. ...Read more

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My 4 month old baby's epleptic seizures are not responding to keppra (levetiracetam) and phenobabital. Which anti epileptic drug, with minimum sideeffects can we try?

My 4 month old baby's epleptic seizures are not responding to keppra (levetiracetam) and phenobabital. Which anti epileptic drug, with minimum sideeffects can we try?

Anti seizure drugs: I am sorry to hear that your child is having such problems. Alternative medications include dilantin, tegretol, topamax, neurontin, vimpat, (lacosamide) Lamictal and others. Speak to your neurologist about what he would suggest. ...Read more

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What's the next best drug when keppra (levetiracetam) fails to control pediatric epilepsy ? Staring seizures with full body involvement , now in clusters.

What's the next best drug when keppra (levetiracetam) fails to control pediatric epilepsy ? Staring seizures with full body involvement , now in clusters.

It depends: There's no 1-size-fits-all seizure med any more than all kids eat 1 food or wear identical clothes. There are 3 basic types of epilepsy: 1) primary generalized, 2) partial-onset, and 3) everything else. "staring spells" etc is not good enough. That's not a diagnosis. Find that out. The "best" med is the 1 that reduces seizures with minimum side effects in your child. Arm yourself with knowledge. ...Read more

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Does levetiracetam work like keppra?

Does levetiracetam work like keppra?

Generics: Keppra (levetiracetam) is the name brand and made by only one manufacturer...Ubc. Levetiracetam is the generic which has to comply with fda to be 100% +/- 20% of the milligram percentage of the active name brand. There are countless different generic manufacturers...If you are worried about the generic potency d/w your doctor and probably get a blood level to see how your body absorbs the drug... ...Read more

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Does keppra (levetiracetam) affect hgt levels?

Unlikely: As Keppra (levetiracetam) tends not to have many drug-drug interactions. ...Read more

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Is taking 6000 mg daily keppra (levetiracetam) a lot ?

Yes.: That is a very high dose of Keppra (levetiracetam). Fortunately, Keppra (levetiracetam) is a fairly safe and well tolerated medication but could produce behavioral and mood side effects. I would speak to your prescribing physician about a lower dose or an alternative medication. Increasing doses of Keppra (levetiracetam) usually does not provide further benefit. ...Read more

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Should I drive if I'm taking Keppra (levetiracetam)?

Seizures: If you are on Keppra (levetiracetam) for seizures or having a condition in which you could have seizures you should not drive unless your neurologist clears you to do so. Depending on where you live , you need to be seizure free for 6 months. You should discuss this with your neurologist ...Read more

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What number of levetiracetam 250 mg does it take to die?

Worrisome question: If you are having thoughts about killing yourself, get seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the National suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255) for support. ...Read more

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Are there any serious reactions to keppra (levetiracetam)?

Keppra (levetiracetam): Sometimes see a problem with people becoming somewhat cranky on keppra (levetiracetam). Its referred to as 'keppra (levetiracetam)tude' in some circles. Apparently Keppra (levetiracetam) can interfere with pyridoxine (vitamin b6) metabolism. Many of my patients improve with 25 mg of b6. Be carefull though as b6 has a toxicity state. You might want to have your blood b6 level monitored. Sedation / dizziness / rash are seen especially early in tx. ...Read more

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Can you eat grapefruit while taking Keppra (levetiracetam) xr?

Yes: There are no listed adverse interactions between Keppra (levetiracetam) or Keppra (levetiracetam) XR and grapefruit. The only food interaction is sage, and that is listed as a minor interaction. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: keppra (levetiracetam)?

Anti-epileptic: 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 occasional psychiatric adverse events. ...Read more

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Is levetiracetam more effective when taken orally or via injection?

The same: The effectiveness of this medicine is the same in the oral and IV forms. The IV form is best for patients who cannot swallow or digest in the stomach, which may be a situation in intensive care. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me if i will ever get off keppra (levetiracetam)?

Can you please tell me if i will ever get off keppra (levetiracetam)?

Hard to say: Depending on how well your seizures have been controlled and the risk of recurrent seizures (given your MRI and eeg findings), your doctor may consider gradually tapering off the medication at some point. However, this is a very individualized decision. Since we do not have the specifics of your situation, your neurologist would be the best person to address this concern. Hope you feel better. ...Read more