Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Neurology

Keppra

(levetiracetam)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Neurology
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Prevents seizures.

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Our bottom line

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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Upsides

  • 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

  • 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.
How it works

Keppra (Levetiracetam) is an antiepileptic medication. It prevents seizures by helping regulate neurotransmitters in the brain.

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Side effect rates for Keppra (levetiracetam)

120 From clinical trials of Keppra / Myoclonic seizures (Taken together with other anti-seizure medicines)
  • Drowsiness
  • Any side effect
  • Neck pain
  • Sore throat
  • Flu
  • Low mood disorder
  • Vertigo
  • Anxiety
  • Depressed mood
  • Double vision

Risks and Warnings for Keppra (levetiracetam)

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  • Although rare, Keppra (Levetiracetam) may lower the amount of important blood cells in your body (hemoglobin, hematocrit, white blood cells, and neutrophils). You should be getting regular blood tests to make sure your blood cells don't change too much while taking Keppra (Levetiracetam).

Common concerns from people taking Keppra (levetiracetam)

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Kidneys and liver
  • If you have kidney problems, your dose may need to be adjusted. Your doctor will check your kidney function regularly.
Pain
  • Severe muscle and skeletal pains that went away within a week of stopping medication. Also suicidal thoughts. That is unusual for me.
Sleep
  • You can experience drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, or respiratory infections while on this.
  • Taking Keppra (Levetiracetam) can make you feel sleepy, dizzy, and affect your coordination. Avoid activities that require you to be alert, such as driving a car or operating machinery, until you know how Keppra (Levetiracetam) affects you.