What is the protocol for weaning off keppra (levetiracetam)?

Talk to neurologist. Assuming you are taking Keppra (levetiracetam) for seizures, you should only stop this medication with the support of your neurologist. He or she should be able to give you specific instructions.

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How is keppra (levetiracetam) weaned down?

Keppra (levetiracetam) weaned down? So you're taking keppra (levetiracetam) and you want to stop taking it. Have you discussed this with the doctor who is prescribing the keppra (levetiracetam)? Have you asked your doctor the post question? Please repost and state your doctor's answers to your questions; or, if you haven't asked your doctor, please state why not. Read more...

I had one seizure which is how we found out I had a benign meningioma. Been on keppra (levetiracetam) for 1 yr. What is recommended schedule to wean off?

Tough answer. . There are many factors for you and your neurologist to consider before discussing a medication taper. First, if the meningioma is still there, you'll continue to be at risk for seizures. If the meningioma was removed, repeat eeg's would also need to be performed to look at your potential risk for future seizures. After that, your neurologist may consider tapering you off. Read more...
May be unrelated. There may not be a cause and effect relation between the seizure and the meningioma. It may have been an incidental finding on the MRI that is not related to the cause for the seizure. Many patients are able to wean off medication once they have remained seizure free for two years. Discuss these issues with your doctor. Exact weaning method is in his hands. Read more...

Seizure free almost 3 years, monotherapy keppra (levetiracetam) 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 (levetiracetam) 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...

Simple partial seizure, 26 mos since last episode, on Keppra (levetiracetam) 250mg once a day for 26 months. What's recommended weaning schedule?

Take your time. It may or may not be safe to stop your medication at this point. I usually wait at least 3 yrs, and if totally seizure free over this time, I check an EEG, and repeat neurological exam. If all is well, would wean over about 3-4 months. But, you are taking exceptionally low dose of Keppra, (levetiracetam) which is likely sub therapeutic. Work closely with your neurologist. Read more...