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

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chery59
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chery59
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 57y
  • Duration: 47 yrs
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
Surgery type: Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)
0 seizures
252 weeks ago
I am: n
I have:
Epilepsy

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Feb 8, 2011 (Started Mar 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    Moderate (Weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: the only negative effect was my weight gain
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Weight gain

  • 0 helpful marks
hnesbit
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hnesbit
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 38y
  • Duration: 30 yrs
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
0 seizures
254 weeks ago
I am: vg
I have:
Epilepsy

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Feb 5, 2011 (Started Jun 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: this medication seems to be a safe, neutral medication that doesn't have the side effects that other medications seem to have. i still have break through seizures but i have gone through 4 weeks now with out a seizure, which is a vast improvement for me.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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creative1
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creative1
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 49y
  • Duration: 30 yrs
PRO survey: PRO 3
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
0 seizures
266 weeks ago
I am: b
I have:
Epilepsy

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Jan 28, 2011 (Started Jan 09, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Keppra XR worked much better than Keppra. No rage, no side effects after the first two weeks, sad to say because of insurance I will have to switch back to generic Keppra.
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: Rage

Jan 16, 2011 (Started Jan 09, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Talk to your doctor about your Keppra. XR taken once a day really helped me overcome the side effects and burden of taking pills four times a day. It's really worked well with other AED's to keep me seizure free. Always work with your doctor and be sure your doctor works with you. Working together you have a better chance at seizure control.
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: Rage

Dec 15, 2010 (Started Jan 09, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Seizure free and side effect free for 6 weeks. I kept moving forward, using a journal, and trying new meds until I found a cocktail that was right for me.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Rage

Nov 5, 2010 (Started Jan 09, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    Moderate (Rage)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Keppra XR may be causing side effect of being emotionally over sensitive. I become saddened easily.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Rage

Aug 21, 2010 (Started Jan 09, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Took this medication for years. Am wondering now, is it really making a difference?
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Rage

Aug 10, 2010 (Started Jan 09, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: After my body adjusted to Keppra it was as if I finally found one of the meds my body and brain needs to manage seizures.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Rage

Apr 1, 2010 (Started Jan 09, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Keppra XR is one of the best treatments for me. Easy to remember to use, the only possible side effect I notice is an inability to lose weight.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Rage

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minnkels
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minnkels
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 46y
  • Duration: 6 yrs
PRO survey: PRO 3
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: None
2 seizures
228 weeks ago
I am: g
I have:
Epilepsy

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Jan 6, 2011 (Started Jun 14, 2010)

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

Dec 31, 2010 (Started Jun 14, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    Mild (Bumping into things (clumsiness), Drowsiness, Constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    Mild (Bumping into things (clumsiness), Drowsiness, Constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    Severe (Bumping into things (clumsiness), Constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    Moderate (Constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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

  • 0 helpful marks
Sparty
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Sparty
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 67y
  • Duration: 40 yrs
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Moderate
0 seizures
163 weeks ago
I am: b
I have:
Epilepsy

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Dec 27, 2010 (Started Nov 24, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 28y
  • Duration: 19 yrs
PRO survey: PRO 3
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: None
0 seizures
246 weeks ago
I have:
Epilepsy

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Nov 9, 2010 (Started Nov 08, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
Blueyedgoddezz
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Blueyedgoddezz
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 31y
  • Duration: 31 yrs
PRO survey: PRO 3
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
0 seizures
276 weeks ago
I am: b
I have:
Epilepsy

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Oct 26, 2010 (Started Jul 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for tapering off)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    Severe (Depression with anxiety, Irritability, Problems concentrating, Decreased appetite, Dry mouth, Mood swings, Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    Moderate (Dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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

  • 1 helpful mark
sarahjohnston1988
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sarahjohnston1988
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 28y
  • Duration: 11 yrs
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported
1 seizure
300 weeks ago
I have:
Epilepsy

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Oct 23, 2010 (Started Jun 10, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    Mild (Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Fatigue

  • 0 helpful marks
seeker4me
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seeker4me
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 67y
  • Duration: 58 yrs
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported
12 seizures
308 weeks ago
I have:
Epilepsy

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Sep 26, 2010 (Started Jun 04, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    Mild (Balance problems, Drug interactions)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1250 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Balance problems, Drug interactions

Sep 4, 2010 (Started Jun 04, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    Moderate (Balance problems, Drug interactions)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
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
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 50y
  • Duration: 33 yrs
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: None
2 seizures
83 weeks ago
I have:
Epilepsy

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Sep 21, 2010 (Started Sep 20, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    Severe (Memory problems, Depressed mood)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Epilepsy)
  • side effects
    Severe (Memory problems, Depressed mood)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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

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