95 patient evaluations for Levetiracetam

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Jul 1, 2013 (Started Feb 08, 2012)

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

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

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.

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 24, 2014 (Started Oct 27, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for seizures)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (daytime sleepiness, dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 750 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: As my G4 GBM has 'woken up' after debulking surgery, it's tickled the brain and caused a few seizures, so we've upped the dose to 750mg twice daily, which has increased the sensation of sleepiness and mild nausea - but really nothing to complain about. And IIRC, these symptoms do reduce after a week or two. Not feeling any of the symptoms some people get (no mood changes, anger or agressiveness problems).

Nov 28, 2014 (Started Oct 27, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for seizures)
  • Side effects
    Mild (daytime sleepiness, dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I've got on so much better than with Phenytoin. Very mild dizziness and faintest hint of what may be a sort of nausea, neither of which are really worth mentioning, but worth it for being completely seizure free.

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 10, 2015 (Started Feb 14, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for seizures)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (want to be left alone)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Lowers sex drive majorly but will kick your seizures butt,haven't had an episode in a long time.Will also make you tired but you can deal.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: want to be left alone

May 10, 2011 (Started Feb 14, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (want to be left alone)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 3000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: want to be left alone

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 2, 2016 (Started Apr 07, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: If you own an iPhone set your alarm for when you take your medication (s) and always carry a dose with you in a pill box when you are out and about so you don't miss a dose. Also, download an app on your iPhone called Mango Health that assists with this very purpose. It is free.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 13, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for seizures (grand mal or tonic-clonic))
  • Side effects
    Severe (jerky movements, mood worsening, suicidal thoughts or urges, memory loss, irritability)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Watch out for horrible mood.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 3, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for seizures (grand mal or tonic-clonic))
  • Side effects
    Severe (jerky movements, mood worsening, suicidal thoughts or urges, memory loss, irritability)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Watch for suicidal thoughts, mood swings, and anger.  It makes me feel horrendous. I've wanted to end my own life. I have zero energy and feel even more depressed. I hate this medication.

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 30, 2016 (Started Nov 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Three times daily

Aug 13, 2011 (Started Nov 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Three times daily

Nov 17, 2010 (Started Nov 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 12, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Not really much to tell. This drug works well with my other meds, I haven't had any side effects and so far so good. The pill is a little big. Here is a trick for you when you take your meds. Don't tilt your head back. After you take that LARGE sip of water, put your chin down towards your chest. It works very well once you get the hang of it!
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 24, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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