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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
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
I have been taking keppra (levetiracetam) generic for about 6 weeks-1000mg. My thoughts seem clearer-is that possible?
Yes: Frequently a generic version is not as potent. Some side effects will improve for that reason. ...Read more
Usually at least: Some fatty tissue will be lost from the breasts with over-all weight loss. ...Read more
I feel my head is cold is that what you call light head? I'm 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
Who knows: I am amazed the amount money people spend on these products, , the seller who benefits most, always will advertise with a buzz word ' tons of scientific evidence', I yet to have read one paper written by scientists not by quacks in a peer journal, take what ever you like it is your life, no real licensed md of any country will rx them, fda warned untoward effects on some of these products. ...Read more
Hi Had an HIV risk and tested negative after 12 weeks though ive been taking Keppra (levetiracetam) for 2 years. Will it interfere in the test resulting in false nega?
No: Screening tests, are good negative tests, wouldn't be affected by keppra, (levetiracetam) they usually test for the antibodies for hiv 1 and hiv 2, and what's called the p24 antigen, part of the virus itself, false positives on the other hand would warrant confirmatory tests, wish you wellness, take care ...Read more
My blood chenistry always shows glucose around 50. Could this be a side effect from taking keppra, (levetiracetam) I don't have diabetes?
Yes: It's not very common but hypoglycemia has been reported in less than 1% of the people taking keppra (levetiracetam). ...Read more
I have absent and partial complex seizures, will an Mr show anything, will taking Keppra (levetiracetam) help with them? Is there huge side effects of Keppra (levetiracetam)?
Few pointers: Keppra (levetiracetam) is useful for partial complex seizures and could be a good adjunctive medication, but does have side effects including drowsiness, dizziness, emotional problems. Most people tolerate fairly well. An MRI might show presence of an underlying causative lesion, and might be beneficial to check presence or absence of medial temporal sclerosis. ...Read more
My son is taking keppra (levetiracetam) and cloznepam for seizures due to eplipsey? What can he take for a cold? He is two years old
I started taking keppra (levetiracetam) 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 (levetiracetam) 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
Took 400 mg of Ibprohen for a week just found out I'm pregnant should we worry? She's also taking keppra (levetiracetam) Dilantin 100 mg each twice a day
Seizure disorder: Stop taking the Ibuprofen. IF you are taking Keppra (levetiracetam) and Dilantin then it is likely that you have a seizure disorder. This makes the pregnancy high risk and it is important that you schedule an Obgyn evaluation promptly. Folate 4 mg daily should be taken. ...Read more
Recently diagnosed with epilepsy, taking keppra (levetiracetam) currently on 500mg going up to 1500mg in 4 weeks times. Can I take paracetamol or neurofen headaches?
Keppra/Paracetamol: No major adverse interactions, but do let your doctor know. ...Read more
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What is the best supplement I can take to help build muscle and gain mass, I am taking keppra (levetiracetam) for epilepsy so it would need to be safe to take with it?
Keep it simple: This would be a great time to hit the gym really hard. You'll make friends when the people there see you are working hard. Resistance training will gain you the lean mass you want. Only if you do this will the creatine, protein powder and perhaps an electronic muscle stim unit (if ok with your dr) be effective. Especially with a handicap, this will be a wonderful gift to give yourself. ...Read more
Can a man taking keppra (levetiracetam) XR cause for a miscarriage? Also, the woman taking vyvanse? Can either be the reason for having trouble getting pregnant?
Medications: Vyvanse is a pregnancy category c drug, which means there are no controlled studies of safety available. That means the drug can be used in pregnancy if the benefit outweighs the unknown risks. There are no female fertility effects of taking this drug. Male drug use does not cause miscarriages, but sometimes associated with male fertility problems; I am not aware of any such issues with keppra (levetiracetam). ...Read more
Is it safe for a 16-year-old taking keppra (levetiracetam) for epilepsy to take creatine monohydrate as a bodybuilding supplement?
Not recommended: It may be safe, but not enough data about this herbal supplement known. I would not recommend it. ...Read more
Taking keppra (levetiracetam) 750 ml per day after one seizure resulting from intracranial bleeding and subdural hematomas. How long to taper off meds?
Depends on location: The time to begin tapering is somewhat dependent on the size and location of the hemorrhage. Hemorrhages located at the gray/white junction of brain tissue are more likely to be site of seizures than those hemorrhages confined to the white matter or basal ganglia and require longer treatment. Your neurosurgeon or neurologist would have the best estimate based on imaging studies. ...Read more
Should my dad be driving after having seizure and taking keppra (levetiracetam) my dad is77 he recently had two brain seizures the neurologist put him on keppra (levetiracetam) I don think he should be driving but they didn't take his license away
This: This can be a legal issue. Different states have different laws regarding permission to drive following seizures. Most states require the patient to be seizure-free on medication for six months before permission to drive is restored. I don't know what the requirement is in pennsylvania. Also, in some states the physician is expected to notify dmv. Dmv then notifies the driver. The only exceptions I have made is if the patient has only nocturnal seizures or possibly if there is focal onset or aura that allow the driver to pull over and stop safely. The decision is individually based. I hope your father considers the danger to himself and others if he has a seizure while driving. I agree with dr. Fowler that you and your father should discuss this issue before someone gets hurt. Good luck. ...Read more
I'm going through a very stressful time now, work overnights & have a hardtime sleeping. I have epilepsy, been seizure free for 8 years now & I'm taking keppra (levetiracetam) & topamax can I take 5-htp to help?
Yes.: There should be no adverse interaction!Get a more detailed answer ›
My husband is going thru opiate withdraw, is epileptic & has been taking keppra (levetiracetam) & colopin & had a grand mal seizure. Should I take him 2 hospital?
Yes: Seizures and withdrawal can be life threatening. You should seek medical attention asap. ...Read more
Can I drink alcohol while taking keppra (levetiracetam)? I don't have epilepsy. Taking this medicine because I had eclampsia after I gave birth which caused 2 seizure
Same issues: Using levETIRAcetam together with ethanol may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. Don't drink and take Keppra together please. Ref: https://www. Drugs. Com/interactions-check. Php? Drug_list=1034-14582, 1448-858 ...Read more
My daughter is taking 1250 mg keppra (levetiracetam) 2 times per day, her mood is always very bad also she has headaches. Please advise about the headache?
Keppra (levetiracetam): Without knowing anymore details than you have given, I would discuss this with your neurologist. This can all e a side effect of the Keppra (levetiracetam) ad may improve over time, but may not. ...Read more
Depends upon: Whether your spells are well controlled. If you have been seizure free for several years, perhaps only one medication is needed. But you cannot safely suddenly stop both meds, as you risk "status epileptics". An eeg may be useful in guiding future decisions, so, discuss with your doctor how to proceed. ...Read more
I have epilepsy, and am currently taking topamax and keppra, (levetiracetam) will either rhodiola or 5-thp have any interaction with my meds, or epilepsy?
One at a time: While Keppra (levetiracetam) and topamax do not interact, it is never wise to introduce to variables, in this case rhodiola and 5-htp. There is some evidence that 5-htp can reduce seizure activity, however it is the agent most likely to interact with your other meds. Also, 5-htp can cause GI side effects because of the plethora of receptors in the gut. Rhodiol is a neuroadaptagen that can reduce brain stress. ...Read more
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
I am 5 weeks pregnant, and I have sezuires. Do you believe that taking the sezuire medicine keppra (levetiracetam) is safe. I have absence sezuires meaning the smal?
Dangerous to sieze: While there is an increased risk of certain birth defects associated with taking antiseizure medications while pregnant, seizures themselves also also carry a risk of fetal harm. As long as you are on one of the medications with a lower fetal risk (such as keppra), continuing the medication is often the safer choice. ...Read more
Has complex partial seizures, taking folic acid and keppra (levetiracetam). What percentage has my chances of becoming pregnant increased to?
Pregnancy: Keppra (levetiracetam) and folic acid do not increase or decrease your chances of getting pregnant. Keppra (levetiracetam) does not interfere with oral contraceptives. If you don't use birth control then your chances are higher of getting pregnant. While studies have not shown an increased risk of birth defects with Keppra (levetiracetam), discuss with your obstetrician the drug risks before attempting to get pregnant. ...Read more
Tx range 5-30 µg/mL: Per aruplab. Com, the proposed range is well below 78, assuming you are referring to this same scale. Notice the word "proposed". Why? Because no one really knows & the issue is always the fantastic complexity of individual response; also the reason your primary doctor (like it or not, good at it or not) is yourself. Other people are focusing on their perspective & guessing, perhaps better educated. ...Read more
Can keppra (levetiracetam) cause dyslexia symptoms? My son started having symptoms shortly after taking the medication
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
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
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
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