7 patient evaluations for Levetiracetam with a burden rating of Somewhat hard to take

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Aug 3, 2011 (Started Sep 15, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for seizures (complex partial))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (balance problems, brain fog, abdominal pain, irritability, drowsiness, morning sleepiness, fluid retention weight gain, lesion like rashes)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: irritability, balance problems, drowsiness, brain fog, morning sleepiness, fluid retention weight gain, lesion like rashes, abdominal pain

Jul 1, 2011 (Started Sep 15, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for seizures (complex partial))
  • Side effects
    Severe (balance problems, brain fog, abdominal pain, irritability, drowsiness, morning sleepiness, fluid retention weight gain, lesion like rashes)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: irritability, balance problems, drowsiness, brain fog, morning sleepiness, fluid retention weight gain, lesion like rashes, abdominal pain

Mar 10, 2011 (Started Sep 15, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for seizures (complex partial))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (balance problems, brain fog, abdominal pain, irritability, drowsiness, morning sleepiness, fluid retention weight gain, lesion like rashes)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Can make you feel tired,slows thinking a little.May cause a little dizziness.Can cause you to feel angry easily.Can adjust to these things if you recognize and work on it.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: irritability, balance problems, drowsiness, brain fog, morning sleepiness, fluid retention weight gain, lesion like rashes, abdominal pain

Dec 2, 2010 (Started Sep 15, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for seizures (complex partial))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (balance problems, brain fog, abdominal pain, irritability, drowsiness, morning sleepiness, fluid retention weight gain, lesion like rashes)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This is an expensive medication.I tried the generic version which was much cheaper but also much less reliable on what it would do.Was on generic a few weeks and had break through seizures.Mail in pharmacy sent when it was released as generic.Have had difficulty with seizure control since then even when put back on name brand keppra.Pharmacy also sent generic trileptal in 2009 and since Nov.2009 have had poor seizure control.The FDA may obtain a large portion of tax dollars but due to the wide range of efficiency in generics there are many either above or below effeciency rating of brand named meds.My advice do not switch to generics if you can at all afford the high priced name brand of seizure meds.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: irritability, balance problems, drowsiness, brain fog, morning sleepiness, fluid retention weight gain, lesion like rashes, abdominal pain

Aug 9, 2010 (Started Sep 15, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for seizures (complex partial))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (balance problems, brain fog, abdominal pain, irritability, drowsiness, morning sleepiness, fluid retention weight gain, lesion like rashes)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: These pills can make me have flashes of anger.This is not my typical personality or usual mood. I have almost missed a dose but got up and took in the night.I feel they cause a great deal of somnelence probably due to other AEDS also.Trouble with stuttoring,word repetition and phrase repetion,poor spelling,problem with gait/Balance,falls.Brain fog.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: irritability, balance problems, drowsiness, brain fog, morning sleepiness, fluid retention weight gain, lesion like rashes, abdominal pain

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 13, 2010 (Started Nov 11, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for seizures (complex partial))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (drowsiness, unsure about effectiveness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 3500 mg Daily
Side effects: drowsiness, unsure about effectiveness

Aug 10, 2010 (Started Nov 11, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for seizures (complex partial))
  • Side effects
    Mild (unsure about effectiveness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: don't know yet.
Side effects: drowsiness, unsure about effectiveness

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 5, 2010 (Started Feb 13, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 3000 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 5, 2010 (Started Jul 06, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (intoxicated feeling)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: It is hard right now because I am transitioning to a new med.... The impact is now I have to remember to take meds twice a day and I am already having issues remembering. I feel loaded and drunk ALL day. I have it.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: intoxicated feeling

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 9, 2010 (Started Dec 09, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (depressed mood, memory and cognition problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: Keppra did cause mental and physical slowing and decreased tolerance to noise and conflict. I became suicidal on Keppra. I couldn't remember 4 numbers in a row. I couldn't organize anything and I didn't care. I still had breakthrough seizures.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: memory and cognition problems, depressed mood, depressed mood

Jun 8, 2010 (Started Dec 09, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (memory and cognition problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 4000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: memory and cognition problems, depressed mood, depressed mood

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 25, 2010 (Started Feb 25, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for seizures (grand mal or tonic-clonic))
  • Side effects
    Mild (dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1250 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: its ok taking my pills the only problem I have is remembering to take it and if I forget 1 dose it makes me dizzy.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: dizziness

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 12, 2010 (Started Aug 06, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 3000 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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