What is Keppra XR?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Levetiracetam

Keppra XR™ is a brand name for the extended release formulation of levetiracetam, an anticonvulsant. It is used as adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial onset, myoclonic, and/or primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures. It may also be used for bipolar disorder.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Epilepsy 127 121
Seizures 17 20
Seizures (grand mal or tonic-clonic) 9 7
Seizures (absence or petit mal) 7 5
Myoclonic seizures 2 4
Seizures (complex partial) 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 12
Moderate 35
Mild 54
None 33

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Keppra XR

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 6
Fatigue 6
Tiredness 6
Depressed mood 4
Drowsiness 4
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Keppra XR

Dosage Patients
1,500 mg daily 1
500 mg three times daily 1
2,500 mg daily 1
1,500 mg twice daily 1
3,500 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Keppra XR

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 16
Side effects too severe 13
Did not seem to work 11
Other 7
Expense 3
Personal research 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Keppra XR

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Keppra XR

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 133
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 20
Not at all hard to take 108
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 10
$100-199 6
$50-99 25
$25-49 21
< $25 32
Not specified 40

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Keppra XR after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 1
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 1
Phenytoin (Dilantin) 1
Zonisamide (Zonegran) 1

Patients stopped taking Keppra XR and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 1
Memantine (Namenda) 1
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15 patient evaluations for Keppra XR

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

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: 1000 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

Nov 18, 2012 (Started Nov 19, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Severe (nausea, excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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