94 patient evaluations for Levetiracetam

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Dec 20, 2014 (Started Oct 28, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for seizures)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I find Keppra makes me feel like I've had a beer or two at lunchtime on an empty stomach. Not a drunk feeling, but that roughly dulled sleepy feeling, with a slight unsteadiness that catches you on uneven ground. This does wear off after a few weeks, but comes back if you up the dose. However, you do keep a sharp and alert mind and unlike my Phenytoin experiences, you don't make rash or silky decisions or feel any Mild Cognitve Impairment. For that, I give Keppra my vote.

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Oct 29, 2014 (Started Oct 20, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 28, 2010 (Started Oct 20, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 13, 2010 (Started Oct 20, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2014 (Started Dec 03, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (elevated liver enzymes)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 15, 2014 (Started Apr 14, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (somnolence)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 31, 2014 (Started Jan 30, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (headaches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 17, 2013 (Started Jan 10, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I put my pills on the counter every morning and take them on time and again in the evening.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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Jul 17, 2013 (Started Jun 26, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (tired for a few hours after treatment)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2013 (Started Feb 08, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 1, 2013 (Started Oct 21, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (makes me emotional or short fused, clumsiness, irritability, short temper, decreased appetite, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Ive been on Keppra since the end of 2011. Its been an interesting experience. I was on it with Trileptal originally, and now Im on it with Zonegran. I noticed that once they increased my Keppra dosage that my irritability increased. And thats when I started to experience the famous "Keppra rage." Once I noticed that, I told my neuro to decrease my dosage, and my irritability decreased with it. My advice to anyone is that if you dont like dealing with irritability issues than by all means, please discuss decreasing your dosage with your doctor.... they'll be more than willing to help you out with your dosage so you wont become a raging lunatic like I was during that time. Trust me on this! Haha. Another thing is that Keppra has helped me out with my seizures better than any other medication has so far and I am so happy with it so far. Im also on generic Keppra! So if name brand Keppra doesnt work for you, feel free to try generic Keppra like me, and it might just work for you too!
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Feb 1, 2013 (Started Oct 21, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (makes me emotional or short fused, clumsiness, irritability, short temper, decreased appetite, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily

Dec 14, 2011 (Started Oct 21, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (makes me emotional or short fused, clumsiness, irritability, short temper, decreased appetite, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Ive been on Keppra with Trileptal for about two months now, and most of the side effects have subsided. I've been feeling pretty good so far and havent had a major complex or major simple partial seizure since October and I'd like to keep it that way. Also, I still havent had the "Keppra rage" yet. To anyone thats considering Keppra, don't be afraid, just give it a try and make sure you keep an eye on any mood changes is all (and ask your family and friends too!)

Nov 15, 2011 (Started Oct 21, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (makes me emotional or short fused, clumsiness, irritability, short temper, decreased appetite, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Ive been on Keppra for about a month now, and in the beginning I was extremely worried about the infamous "Keppra rage". I do notice that it has been making my fuse a bit shorter, but i'm not acting out on aggression without a reason. I have also been having a fluctuating appetite while on Keppra and some weight loss (but very slow weight loss). On the other hand, I have been having less frequent auras and have not had a major complex or simple partial since Ive been taking it! (crosses fingers)

Oct 26, 2011 (Started Oct 21, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (makes me emotional or short fused, clumsiness, irritability, short temper, decreased appetite, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Ive been taking Keppra for only a week and it gets me really drowsy for a few hours. I suggest to anyone taking this: please be careful when youre first on this medication. Dont over exert yourself because you might get dizzy.

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Apr 26, 2013 (Started Jan 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 28, 2012 (Started Jan 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: Size of 1000mg Keppra tablet
Cost: < $25 monthly

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