Keppra

(levetiracetam)

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Prevents seizures.

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Our bottom line

Keppra (levetiracetam) is effective for preventing seizures in people with epilepsy and has fewer drug interactions than its alternatives.

Quick facts about Keppra
  • Drug class: Neurology
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (levetiracetam)
Prices and discounts
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Upsides

  • Keppra (levetiracetam) is effective at lowering the frequency of various types of seizures.
  • Keppra (levetiracetam) is available in liquid form or dissolving tablets if you have trouble swallowing pills.
  • Compared to other seizure medications, Keppra (levetiracetam) has fewer side effects and drug interactions, and usually does not require monitoring blood levels.
People’s experience with Keppra

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Downsides

  • Must be taken on time so that there are consistent levels of the drug in your body.
  • Keppra (levetiracetam) may not be the best drug to take if you have a history of mood problems, such as depression or bipolar disorder.
  • If you have kidney problems, your dose will need to be adjusted and your doctor will check your kidney function regularly.
  • Due to its effects on your balance, Keppra (levetiracetam) may not be appropriate for the elderly.
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How it works

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

Quick facts about Keppra
  • Drug class: Neurology
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (levetiracetam)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Oral disintegrating tablet
People’s experience with Keppra

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What to expect when you take Keppra (levetiracetam) for Seizures

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Side effect rates for Keppra (levetiracetam)

From 120 clinical trials of Keppra when taken for myoclonic seizures (taken together with other anti-seizure medicines)
  • Drowsiness
  • Neck pain
  • Inflammation of the back of throat
  • Feeling off balance
  • Flu symptoms
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Depressed mood
  • Depression
  • Double vision

Risks and Warnings for Keppra (levetiracetam)

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  • Keppra (levetiracetam) has been linked to severe, life-threatening skin reactions, including toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) and Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS). If you notice a rash or any other skin changes while taking Keppra (levetiracetam), let your doctor know immediately. This could happen as early as 2 weeks after starting Keppra (levetiracetam), but can also happen even after 4 months.

Common concerns from people taking Keppra (levetiracetam)

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Kidneys and liver
  • If you have kidney problems, your dose will need to be adjusted and your doctor will check your kidney function regularly.
Pain
  • Reviewed Keppraon 2/4/2017Severe muscle and skeletal pains that went away within a week of stopping medication. Also suicidal thoughts. That is unusual for me.
    51
    Woman
    Generalized seizure
  • Reviewed Keppraon 8/23/2017It was a huge pain to get at the health clinic when I have dont have a primary doctor because I'm poor. & It cost me almost $60s I don't have to not even stop my seizures. Very unsatisfied. My name is Zachary wyzinski.
    24
    Man
    Two years or more
    Would rather not say
Sleep
  • Keppra (levetiracetam) can affect your coordination and make you feel sleepy or dizzy. Avoid activities that require you to be alert, such as driving a car or operating machinery, until you know how Keppra (levetiracetam) affects you.
  • Keppra (levetiracetam) can cause drowsiness and dizziness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how it affects you.