Compare Lamictal vs. Keppra

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Lamictal
(Lamotrigine)

Keppra
(Levetiracetam)

Prevents seizures and stabilizes mood. Lamictal (Lamotrigine) is most useful for treating severe seizure disorders, and for bipolar disorder with more depression symptoms than manic symptoms. Just be careful to increase your dose slowly to avoid skin rash.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.
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Reviews for Lamictal (Lamotrigine)
67%
of people say Lamictal (Lamotrigine) is worth it
58%
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Side effects
LamictalKeppra
  • Double vision 41%
  • Dizziness 27%
  • Lack of muscle coordination 18%
  • Blurred vision 15%
  • Nausea 14%
  • Vomiting 14%
  • Headache 10%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 5%
  • Sleep difficulty 4%
  • Incoordination 4%
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  • Drowsiness 7%
  • Nasal congestion 7%
  • Muscle weakness 6%
  • Neck pain 6%
  • Decreased appetite 6%
  • Fatigue 6%
  • Infection 5%
  • Aggression 5%
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Headache 4%
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How it works
LamictalKeppra
Lamictal (Lamotrigine) is an antiepileptic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to calm nerve activity in the brain.Keppra (Levetiracetam) is an antiepileptic medication. It prevents seizures by helping regulate neurotransmitters in the brain.
Type of medication
LamictalKeppra
AnticonvulsantPrescription only
AnticonvulsantPrescription only
Available as
LamictalKeppra
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Chewable tablet
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
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How well it works for depression
The free Iodine Start program helps people track how well they are improving, and find the right antidepressant faster.
The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Lamictal (Lamotrigine)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Keppra (Levetiracetam)
Risk factors for serious side effects
LamictalKeppra
  • History of depression
  • People also taking Depakote
  • Taking more than the prescribed dose
  • Increasing the dose too quickly
        • Taking birth control pills
        • Stopping Lamictal (Lamotrigine) suddenly
        Detailed Lamictal (Lamotrigine) risks & warnings »
            • History of depression
            • 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
            LamictalKeppra
            CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

            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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            CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

            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.

            See the FDA package insert
            Alcohol
            No specific alcohol-related info.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.
            Sex
            No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
            Sleep
            No specific sleep-related info.
            • You can experience drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, or respiratory infections while on this.
            Weight
            No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
            Upsides and benefits
            LamictalKeppra
            • Effective at lowering the frequency of seizures in people with epilepsy or Lennox-Gestaut syndrome. Typically used together with other medications for severe seizure disorders.
            • Works best for partial, tonic-clonic, and absence seizures.
            • A first-line treatment for bipolar disorder. Effective long-term treatment for stabilizing mood. Prevents both depressive and manic episodes, but the effect is greater for preventing depression.
            • Doesn't require routine blood tests.
            • 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
            LamictalKeppra
            • Can cause double vision, dizziness, sleepiness, and headache.
            • Has the risk of a rare but life-threatening rash.
            • Can make hormonal birth control less effective.
            • Might be less effective than other medicines for treating manic episodes (acute mania) in people with bipolar disorder.
            • 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
            LamictalKeppra
            • Follow dose adjustments set by your doctor to minimize skin rash.
            • Take with food to avoid upset stomach.
            • Report rash, blurry vision, fever, persistent headache, or neck stiffness to your doctor.
            • Makes hormonal birth control less effective.
            • Takes 4 to 6 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.
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