73 patient evaluations for Levetiracetam taken for the purpose of 'Epilepsy'

minnkels
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minnkels
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 45y
  • Duration: 4 yrs
PRO survey: PRO 3
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: None
2 seizures
159 weeks ago
I am: g
I have:
Epilepsy

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Jan 6, 2011 (Started Jun 14, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Epilepsy: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Constipation, Bumping into things (clumsiness), Drowsiness

Dec 31, 2010 (Started Jun 14, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Epilepsy: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Currently tapering down on this drug since my neurolgist is ramping me up on Lamictal XR. Keppra does cause drowsiness, but I guess this can be an advantage if you take other AEDs which tend to cause insomnia.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Constipation, Bumping into things (clumsiness), Drowsiness

Oct 25, 2010 (Started Jun 14, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Epilepsy: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Started out on 1000 mg a day...was ramped up too quickly to 3500 mg a day and had a lot of issues with coordination, such as running into walls, moodiness, not being able to think straight, and slurring words...they thought I was drunk at work. Called the doctor, turned out that he thought I would have been okay with the fast titration but he pulled me back down to the lower dose then off the Keppra altogether for about a month... I'm back on Keppra (about 2 mos. now) 1000 mg a day and not having many problems with it this time, just mainly some drowsiness.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Constipation, Bumping into things (clumsiness), Drowsiness

Jul 16, 2010 (Started Jun 14, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Epilepsy: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Ended up having a series of cluster seizures and severe migraines with this medication; ER physician thought it was due to upped dosage of Keppra (moved from 1000 mg/day to 3000 mg day); dosage moved back down. During 2 weeks of high dose, was running into walls, stumbling around as if drunk, had low frustration tolerance, crying jags, frequent depression, hair falling out in chunks, poor short term memory, lapses in judgement, and literally almost falling on my face due to excessive sleepiness.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Constipation, Bumping into things (clumsiness), Drowsiness

Jul 3, 2010 (Started Jun 14, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Epilepsy: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Take every 12 hours, use even dosing---set alarm in phone to remind me it is time to take medicine. Unexpected benefits: some of the best sleep I have gotten in my life...and I have never had insomnia. Keppra doesn't cause a major brain fog like some of the other AED's can, but it does cause major sleepiness, especially the first couple of weeks you are on it or if you are on a higher dose of it.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Constipation, Bumping into things (clumsiness), Drowsiness

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Sparty
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Sparty
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 66y
  • Duration: 38 yrs
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Moderate
0 seizures
93 weeks ago
I am: b
I have:
Epilepsy

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Dec 27, 2010 (Started Nov 24, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Epilepsy: Major
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: My N/V is clearing up as is the mental "fog" I've been wandering around in since last March!
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Mrpag13
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Mrpag13
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 27y
  • Duration: 17 yrs
PRO survey: PRO 3
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: None
0 seizures
177 weeks ago
I have:
Epilepsy

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Nov 9, 2010 (Started Nov 08, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Epilepsy: Major
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Very
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily

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Blueyedgoddezz
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Blueyedgoddezz
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 30y
  • Duration: 30 yrs
PRO survey: PRO 3
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
0 seizures
207 weeks ago
I am: b
I have:
Epilepsy

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Oct 26, 2010 (Started Jul 22, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for tapering off: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Epilepsy: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The worst side effect i could mention about keppra would have to be the mood swings. There are just terrible. So bad i had to switch medications.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Dry mouth, Irritability, Depression with anxiety, Mood swings, Decreased appetite, Fatigue, Problems concentrating

Jul 22, 2009 (Started Jul 22, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Epilepsy: Major
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The actual directions on taking the medication is very simple no problems there, however i do feel im starting to experience side effects to a moderate extent.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Dry mouth, Irritability, Depression with anxiety, Mood swings, Decreased appetite, Fatigue, Problems concentrating

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sarahjohnston1988
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sarahjohnston1988
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 26y
  • Duration: 9 yrs
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported
1 seizure
230 weeks ago
I have:
Epilepsy

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Oct 23, 2010 (Started Jun 10, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Epilepsy: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Very
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Fatigue

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seeker4me
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seeker4me
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 66y
  • Duration: 57 yrs
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported
12 seizures
239 weeks ago
I have:
Epilepsy

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Sep 26, 2010 (Started Jun 04, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Epilepsy: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1250 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Balance problems, Drug interactions

Sep 4, 2010 (Started Jun 04, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Epilepsy: Major
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 1250 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Keppra is new for me, but, I noticed that the combination of drugs produced a big change in my overall life style, and abilities to function adequately. I had home health for awhile, because of the drug effects: balance, looked like I was drinking alcohol. Fell a few times, don't know if they were seizures or not. Dr. assumes they were. Med dose increased. Oh! What fun it is...
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Balance problems, Drug interactions

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spiralaura
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spiralaura
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 49y
  • Duration: 32 yrs
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: None
2 seizures
14 weeks ago
I have:
Epilepsy

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Sep 21, 2010 (Started Sep 20, 2004)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Epilepsy: Major
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Advice & Tips: Watch carefully. Every person reacts differently.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Depressed mood, Memory problems, Depressed mood, Memory problems

Feb 21, 2010 (Started Sep 20, 2004)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Epilepsy: Major
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Never take the results for granted
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Depressed mood, Memory problems, Depressed mood, Memory problems

  • 0 helpful marks
jnic2212
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jnic2212
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 29y
  • Duration: 5 yrs
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported
0 seizures
243 weeks ago
I have:
Epilepsy

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Aug 22, 2010 (Started Jul 29, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Epilepsy: Major
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Very
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I want off this medication as soon as possible. It cause me to be in a constant bad mood with those around me and with myself. It is a scary medication that is ruining my relationships and my life. I have had to seizures while on this med but the side effects are to horrible to bear.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Modaddy_TN
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Modaddy_TN
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 35y
  • Duration: 11 yrs
PRO survey: PRO 3
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported
0 seizures
205 weeks ago
I have:
Epilepsy

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Aug 5, 2010 (Started Feb 13, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Epilepsy: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 3000 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
UnsolvedMgroupie
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UnsolvedMgroupie
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 32y
  • Duration: 6 yrs
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported
16 seizures
242 weeks ago
I have:
Epilepsy

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Jul 31, 2010 (Started May 05, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Epilepsy: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Seizures (grand mal or tonic-clonic): Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Myoclonic seizures: Slight
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: One at night,one in the morning. Simple. For the first week or so,it made a bit drowsy,but now,nothing,no side effects at all,and it had greatly helped! I,at this point would never switch from Levetiracetam (Keppra),unless it's effectiveness diminished. No side effects,helps with my grand-mals,and help somewhat on my myoclonic and absence seizures,both of those don't bother me as much though anyway.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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