20 patient evaluations for Levetiracetam taken for the purpose of 'epilepsy' with a side effects rating of Moderate

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Feb 10, 2015 (Started Feb 14, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Seizures)
  • 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

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Dec 24, 2014 (Started Oct 27, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Seizures)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • 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.

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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

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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

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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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Mar 25, 2013 (Started Dec 13, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Mood swings, mild depression, Mood swings)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily

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Nov 29, 2012 (Started Apr 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Nose itch, Paranoia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: Vision loss in left side of visual field for both eyes, Nose itch, Paranoia

Jul 7, 2011 (Started Apr 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: Vision loss in left side of visual field for both eyes, Nose itch, Paranoia

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Feb 7, 2012 (Started Aug 14, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Upset stomach, Anxious mood)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 6000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: THE XR IS THE BEST THE KEPPRA IS THE BEST. THE MAIL ORDER SENT ME THE GENERIC THE OTHER WEEK AND I TRIED IT AND I NOTICED SEIZURE ACTIVITY THAT DAY. SWALLOWING AND NAUSEA IS MY BIGGEST ISSUE BUT THE SEIZURES ARE A LOT BETTER!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Upset stomach, Anxious mood

May 30, 2010 (Started Aug 14, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: timer from e-pill for taking pills 5 times a day. timer on phone and pill box
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Upset stomach, Anxious mood

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Jan 3, 2012 (Started May 28, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Loopy feeling, Sleepiness, Weight gain, Rage, Hair loss, Awkward taste in food)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take Keppra because I originally started out on Dilantin which hit my liver hard the minute I started taking it. Although Keppra is VERY good at keeping the grand mals away, I have very little time that I feel energetic.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Aug 16, 2011 (Started May 28, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Loopy feeling, Sleepiness, Weight gain, Rage, Hair loss, Awkward taste in food)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 2500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: While Keppra seems to do a very good job of stopping grand mals in their tracks, I still have quite frequent absence seizures, visual auras, olfactory auras (more often than visual) and serious memory issues. On top of all that, I have fits of rage out of nowhere that can last for up to several hours in which case I stay in my bedroom away from the rest of the family. Even though I have been taking Keppra for years, it STILL makes me groggy, especially if I have to take pain killers of any kind. I have also recently noticed having some problems with things tasting wrong, if not totally disgusting. Foods that I normally love taste gross. I have also lost a lot of hair since I started taking Keppra, but I have to admit it could possibly just be coincidental that I am 52 and just thinning out due to age.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Jul 26, 2011 (Started May 28, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Loopy feeling, Sleepiness, Weight gain, Rage, Hair loss, Awkward taste in food)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Even though Keppra has worked much better than Dilantin or Topomax, it still makes me tired much of the day and I sometimes have rage issues that are hard to deal with. Oh, and my hair has thinned out since I started taking it, but then again I am 52 and I guess that might be due to aging. =/
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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Aug 3, 2011 (Started Sep 15, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Seizures (complex partial))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Lesion like rashes, Fluid retention weight gain, Morning sleepiness, Drowsiness, Irritability, Abdominal pain, Irritable and grouchy, Brain fog, Balance problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: Irritability, Balance problems, Drowsiness, Brain fog, Irritable and grouchy, 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 (Lesion like rashes, Fluid retention weight gain, Morning sleepiness, Drowsiness, Irritability, Abdominal pain, Irritable and grouchy, Brain fog, Balance problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: Irritability, Balance problems, Drowsiness, Brain fog, Irritable and grouchy, 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 (Lesion like rashes, Fluid retention weight gain, Morning sleepiness, Drowsiness, Irritability, Abdominal pain, Irritable and grouchy, Brain fog, Balance problems)
  • 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, Irritable and grouchy, 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 (Lesion like rashes, Fluid retention weight gain, Morning sleepiness, Drowsiness, Irritability, Abdominal pain, Irritable and grouchy, Brain fog, Balance problems)
  • 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, Irritable and grouchy, 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 (Lesion like rashes, Fluid retention weight gain, Morning sleepiness, Drowsiness, Irritability, Abdominal pain, Irritable and grouchy, Brain fog, Balance problems)
  • 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, Irritable and grouchy, Morning sleepiness, Fluid retention weight gain, Lesion like rashes, Abdominal pain

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