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 1,262 862
Seizures 188 129
Seizures (grand mal or tonic-clonic) 103 72
Seizures (complex partial) 41 38
Seizures (partial focal) 19 3
Pain 14 1

Show all 91 reasons taken


  • 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 267
Mild 288
None 297

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Levetiracetam

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 40
Drowsiness 36
Tiredness 33
Depressed mood 29
Dizziness 28
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 28

Show all 333 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Levetiracetam

Dosage Patients
500 mg twice daily 24
1,000 mg twice daily 10
1,000 mg daily 9
2,000 mg daily 9
1,500 mg daily 8
3,000 mg daily 8
500 mg daily 7
750 mg twice daily 7
1,000 mg twice daily 7
1,500 mg twice daily 7

See all 43 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Levetiracetam

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 187
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 387 patients who've stopped taking Levetiracetam

Duration

Currently taking Levetiracetam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 26
5 - 10 years 59
10 years or more 36

Stopped taking Levetiracetam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 85
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 916
Usually 69
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 23
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 59
Somewhat hard to take 70
A little hard to take 151
Not at all hard to take 738
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 64
$100-199 26
$50-99 72
$25-49 78
< $25 437
Not specified 341

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Levetiracetam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Phenytoin (Dilantin) 20
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 11
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 9
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

Apr 13, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for seizures (grand mal or tonic-clonic))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (jerky movements, irritability, memory loss, suicidal thoughts or urges, mood worsening)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Watch out for horrible mood.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 3, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for seizures (grand mal or tonic-clonic))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (jerky movements, irritability, memory loss, suicidal thoughts or urges, mood worsening)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Watch for suicidal thoughts, mood swings, and anger.  It makes me feel horrendous. I've wanted to end my own life. I have zero energy and feel even more depressed. I hate this medication.

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Jan 2, 2016 (Started Apr 07, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: If you own an iPhone set your alarm for when you take your medication (s) and always carry a dose with you in a pill box when you are out and about so you don't miss a dose. Also, download an app on your iPhone called Mango Health that assists with this very purpose. It is free.
Cost: < $25 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

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