What is Levetiracetam?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Keppra Keppra XR

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Levetiracetam is is an anticonvulsant used in combination with other medications to treat partial onset, myoclonic, and/or primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Epilepsy 1,263 867
Seizures 192 130
Seizures (grand mal or tonic-clonic) 103 72
Seizures (complex partial) 41 38
Seizures (partial focal) 19 3
Pain 14 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 166
Moderate 268
Mild 291
None 299

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Levetiracetam

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 40
Drowsiness 36
Tiredness 33
Depressed mood 28
Dizziness 28
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 28

Show all 257 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Levetiracetam

Dosage Patients
500 mg twice daily 16
1,000 mg daily 10
1,000 mg twice daily 10
2,000 mg daily 9
500 mg daily 8
750 mg twice daily 8
1,000 mg twice daily 8
1,500 mg twice daily 7
1,500 mg daily 6
3,000 mg daily 6

See all 38 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Levetiracetam

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 186
Did not seem to work 145
Doctor's advice 133
Other 43
Expense 22
Course of treatment ended 21
Personal research 14
Change in health plan coverage 6
See all 386 patients who've stopped taking Levetiracetam

Duration

Currently taking Levetiracetam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 30
5 - 10 years 51
10 years or more 33

Stopped taking Levetiracetam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 84
1 - 6 months 99
6 months - 1 year 61
1 - 2 years 52
2 - 5 years 67
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 921
Usually 69
Sometimes 11
Never taken as prescribed 23
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 59
Somewhat hard to take 70
A little hard to take 152
Not at all hard to take 743
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 64
$100-199 26
$50-99 72
$25-49 79
< $25 440
Not specified 343

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Levetiracetam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Phenytoin (Dilantin) 20
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 11
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 10
Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal) 6
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 5

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Levetiracetam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 11
Lacosamide (Vimpat) 7
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 6
Topiramate (Topamax) 6
Zonisamide (Zonegran) 4

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching to

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94 patient evaluations for Levetiracetam

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

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

Jul 22, 2016 (Started Feb 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for osteoporosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 3000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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