Prevents seizures and stabilizes mood. Depacon (Valproate, Valproic Acid, Or Divalproex) is good long-term prevention for epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and migraines, but can cause weight gain. Prevents seizures. Keppra (Levetiracetam) is effective for preventing seizures in people with epilepsy. Compared to other anti-seizure medications, it has few drug interactions and you don’t need to get your levels checked. Find lowest prices Save on your next prescription. Be sure you’re getting the lowest price for your medication, even if you have insurance. Reviews & ratings Everyone Men Women Filter group. All currently selected Everyone Men Women All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ Filter group. All currently selected All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ 4.376344086021505 Depakote
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More Keppra side effects » How it works Depakote Keppra Depacon (Valproate, Valproic Acid, Or Divalproex) is an antiepileptic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to increase the amount of GABA, a chemical that calms nerves in the brain. Keppra (Levetiracetam) is an antiepileptic medication. It prevents seizures by helping regulate neurotransmitters in the brain. Type of medication Depakote Keppra Anticonvulsant Prescription only Anticonvulsant Prescription only Available as Depakote Keppra Pill Extended release Extended release capsule Sprinkle Liquid Pill Extended release Liquid Used for (click to learn more) Depakote Keppra Risk factors for serious side effects Depakote Keppra › Children under age 2 › History of metabolic disorders › History of metabolic disorders › People also taking Topamax › People also taking Topamax › Stopping Depacon (Valproate, Valproic Acid, Or Divalproex) suddenly Detailed Depacon (Valproate, Valproic Acid, Or Divalproex) risks & warnings » › Starting the first month of therapy › Taking with alcohol › Taking other medicines that make you less alert › Stopping Keppra (Levetiracetam) suddenly › History of psychiatric problems › Ages less than 18 Detailed Keppra (Levetiracetam) risks & warnings » Pregnancy category Depakote Keppra D FDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)
Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.
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Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.
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Alcohol No specific alcohol related info.
Food › Take with food to avoid upset stomach. No specific food related info.
Kidneys and liver No specific kidneys and liver related info. › If you have kidney problems, your dose may need to be adjusted. Your doctor will check your kidney function regularly.
Sleep No specific sleep related info. › You can experience drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, or respiratory infections while on this.
Weight › Can cause upset stomach, hair loss, weight gain, sleepiness, and tremor. › May cause hair loss and weight gain. No specific weight related info. Upsides and benefits Depakote Keppra › Lowers the frequency of seizures, especially for people with absence, tonic-clonic, and complex partial seizures. › One of the first-line options to stabilize mood for people with bipolar disorder. › Helpful in preventing frequent migraine headaches. › Lowers the frequency of seizures, including partial-onset, generalized tonic-clonic, and myoclonic seizures. › Unlike many other medications for epilepsy, this has very few drug interactions, so your other medicines shouldn't be affected. › If you have trouble swallowing tablets, Keppra (Levetiracetam) is also available as an oral solution. › You won’t need to get regular blood tests to check the drug levels in your body. Downsides and risks Depakote Keppra › Can cause upset stomach, hair loss, weight gain, sleepiness, and tremor. › Can cause liver damage, so it's probably not safe if you already have liver problems. › Not safe to use if you're pregnant. › Requires routine blood tests to see how the medicine is affecting your body. › It’s important to take your dose on time so that Keppra (Levetiracetam) has consistent levels in your body. › May not be the best drug to take if you have a history of psychiatric issues, such as depression or bipolar disorder. › If you have kidney problems, your dose may need to be adjusted. Your doctor will check your kidney function regularly. › Keppra (Levetiracetam) is only FDA-approved to be taken with other medicines to treat epilepsy. Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication Depakote Keppra › For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert. › Don't use if pregnant. › Requires routine blood tests. › Take with food to avoid upset stomach. › May cause hair loss and weight gain. › Different versions of Depakote have different dosing. Be careful. › Report confusion, persistent abdominal pain, yellowing of eyes/skin, or easy bruising to your doctor. › Takes 3 to 4 weeks to feel full effects on mood. › You can experience drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, or respiratory infections while on this. › If you start having skin rashes or changes in your mood, tell your doctor immediately. › If you need to stop taking Keppra (Levetiracetam), do so over at least one week to prevent withdrawal seizures. › If you are taking the oral solution, use the measuring device given with the medicine. Don’t use your household tablespoons to measure. › Don’t crush or cut this medicine before taking it, or else you’ll have dangerously high levels of this drug in your body. Learn more More about Depakote Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert More about Keppra Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert