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

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Sep 21, 2017 (Started Nov 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for seizures (grand mal or tonic-clonic))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (headaches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Twice daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jan 6, 2017 (Started Nov 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for seizures (grand mal or tonic-clonic))
  • Side effects
    Mild (headaches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Twice daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 29, 2012 (Started Apr 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (itchy nose, 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, itchy nose, 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, itchy nose, paranoia

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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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