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 1,257 857
Seizures 178 123
Seizures (grand mal or tonic-clonic) 103 70
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 165
Moderate 265
Mild 277
None 301

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Levetiracetam

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 39
Drowsiness 35
Tiredness 33
Depressed mood 29
Dizziness 28
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 28

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Levetiracetam

Dosage Patients
500 mg twice daily 24
1,500 mg twice daily 10
500 mg daily 9
1,500 mg daily 9
1,000 mg daily 8
1,000 mg twice daily 8
2,000 mg daily 8
750 mg twice daily 7
3,000 mg daily 7
250 mg twice daily 6

See all 38 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Levetiracetam

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 184
Did not seem to work 142
Doctor's advice 130
Other 42
Course of treatment ended 22
Expense 22
Personal research 14
Change in health plan coverage 6
See all 382 patients who've stopped taking Levetiracetam

Duration

Currently taking Levetiracetam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 30
5 - 10 years 58
10 years or more 27

Stopped taking Levetiracetam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 74
1 - 6 months 104
6 months - 1 year 65
1 - 2 years 52
2 - 5 years 64
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 907
Usually 69
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 22
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 57
Somewhat hard to take 71
A little hard to take 149
Not at all hard to take 731
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 64
$100-199 26
$50-99 72
$25-49 77
< $25 432
Not specified 337

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Levetiracetam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Phenytoin (Dilantin) 19
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 11
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 9
Topiramate (Topamax) 5
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 4

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Levetiracetam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 10
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 5
Topiramate (Topamax) 5
Lacosamide (Vimpat) 4
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 3

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

94 patient evaluations for Levetiracetam

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

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Aug 23, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 25, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (seizures, rage disorder, lightheadedness, cranky, back pain, pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 29, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (seizures, lightheadedness, cranky, back pain, pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 30, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (seizures, lightheadedness, cranky, back pain, pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 2, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 5, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (seizures, lightheadedness, cranky, back pain, pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 8, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: ordered 3/1/17, filled 3/1/17.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 11, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 6, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 11, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 19, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (seizures, lightheadedness, cranky, back pain, pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 14, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 17, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 17, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 20, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 22, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (seizures, lightheadedness, cranky, back pain, pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 24, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (seizures, lightheadedness, cranky, back pain, pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Took way longer then it should have.  He said give him at least 5 days.  I  did call the refill in within 5 days but Kmart had not transfered it yet, so Victor told me to call back in a day or 2.  Whhich I did but it still was not transferedd yet.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 26, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 31, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 2, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 5, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 7, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 15, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: filled: 12/06/15
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 12, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: got with no packing list.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 12, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 9, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Filled the day I called it in.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 17, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 14, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 19, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Was perscribed 180. but again got just 150, so that was fixed. But it still says 3/2 instead of 3/3.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 28, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I picked up my and the 5/26/15 and the instructions are correct but the quantity is still 150. I emailed cathy she wrote back saying another script had been called in. Sue said shed fix it and just changed the instructions
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 1, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I only started 3 in am and 3 in pm last night then this AM. I feel lightheaded already but am gonna give it a few days to a week. I am thinking this is just i my head. going from 4 to 5 did the same thing and it went away soon after. Sue said the doctor changed it to 3 and 3 but only was perscribed the150 pills so I will need to call it in 5/12-5/19 because I only have a 25 day supply and I don't need to do anything. glad I had a week left at moms. who knows it age, I would guess about 4 years.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 30, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 2, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: last filled 2/23/15, called in refill 3/18/15, kmart hadn't called me by 3/23/15 so I called them and they said AHCCCS, called cathy and told they are working on the referral 3/24/15, no referral still on 3/25, cathy email me they are working on it 3/26. no keppra@ 2:44 at pharmacy....officially out of keppre 3/27, no keppra till monday. email dr. labiner & cathy......dr. labiners office said call AHCCCS.....AHCCCS is closed.....shelly was rude and un professional, no keppra still on 3/28 & 29. finally went through 3/30 but pharmacy doesn't have it.....its ordered, wasnt ready till 3/31. was ready 6 days after it was due & 4 days after I was out, told to take 2 Lorazepm a day....I felt sooo zombie like, FIRST time I had ever had to go without. I blame whoever works on the approvals &AHCCCS..
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 27, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (seizures, cranky, back pain, pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: as of today I am OUT of Keppra. I called it in 3/16 but AHCCCS wont pay it because the need a PA. Cathy just recieved a request the 24th. The pharmacy said the request may have gone to the main or the clinic on ajo and Still its not fixed. I am beyond pissed.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 8, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (cranky, back pain, pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: seizures are getting better ay by day. The past 2 days were mainly absence seizures. Want to ask Dr. Labiner why he wants to remove Banzel? Was it just one person hospitalized by it? For some reason Lennox gastaut medication seems to work for me. I would prefer not to go lower on the banzel dosage. I was taking 5 a day when i came back to seeing him. He tried reducing before but when I got to 1 1/2 twice a day the seizures went up. I was raised up to 2 BID. I prefer to get rid of Oxcarbazepine.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 27, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 20, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: yesterday Dr. Labiner called in the script but its only for 1 500mg in am and 1 in pm.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Feb 19, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly

Feb 17, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (back pain, pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I want Keppra at 3 in am, and 2 in pm. seizures have increased from 30-40 a month to over 300 a month.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Feb 13, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly

Feb 12, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly

Feb 11, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Camber Pharmaceuticals causes more seizures. Try other manufacturer
Cost: $200+ monthly

Feb 6, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: would rather go off this is any. The name brand affects temper and the generic by Camber pharmaceuticals give me back pain, 2-5 on a 1-10 scale.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Jan 30, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: hurts more above small of back. Closed to the middle.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Jan 27, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly

Jan 25, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: lumbar seemed to hurt more after increase.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Jan 24, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: upped yesterday. But so tired of the seizures, I am at 195+ for the past 4 months.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Jan 23, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: just told to increase it from 1000 mg BID to 1250 BID because seizures this past month from approx. 80 last month to almost 160 this month. The doctors nurse said he doesn't want me to decrease so many meds without his help, ALL the decreases were made by him throughout 2014.On my next appointment he still wants to get rid of a medication and work from there. hasn't he learned decreasing meds doesn't work. This is the medication I would choose to lose and have Banzel increased. Banzel has helped more than keppra or Levetiracetam. And I want tests to happen.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Jan 20, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly

Jan 12, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Jan 3, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: felt better 2 days after starting this but now seizures are coming back.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Dec 28, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Dec 23, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Moving to Kmart.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Dec 21, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Dec 18, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Nov 28, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: wanna talk about switching to the generic, Does Labiner reccomend or not?
Cost: $200+ monthly

Nov 18, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly

Nov 3, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly

Oct 24, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly

Oct 21, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I can be ardumentative, but Onfi hass lessened that.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Oct 7, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: lose temper at times but is easier to control unless the wrong nerve is hit.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Oct 6, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: like to hear the price of keppra vs. keppra XR.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Oct 2, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly

Sep 27, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: FINALLY got the name brand. 1 more stressor down. AHCCCS pays for all but I list the price so I can keep track of it.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Sep 26, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Sorry I tried to save those thanksless bastards at AHCCCS money. A new script was called in for the name brand but according the pharmacy tech. AHCCCS refused to honor it for 30 days so the tech. called and explained the mistake and its now fixed.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Sep 25, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: hope this is fixed soon. Read to many bad stories about the generic. I can swear Dr. Labiner said I must stay on the name brand.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Sep 23, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Today the number was changed from Keppra to Levetracetam. I asked Labiner if I should change while in a drug study and he said no. big price diff. The generic is 160.00 as oppsed to 1324.00
Cost: $200+ monthly

Sep 20, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly

Sep 18, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly

Sep 17, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: pills are 8.02
Cost: $200+ monthly

Sep 15, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 10, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 6, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 3, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 31, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 25, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 3, 2012 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 21, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 2, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 12, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2500 mg Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly

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Jul 2, 2017 (Started Oct 10, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: urinary problems, sexual dysfunction

Mar 5, 2017 (Started Oct 10, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: urinary problems, sexual dysfunction

Sep 7, 2012 (Started Oct 10, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: urinary problems, sexual dysfunction

Feb 9, 2009 (Started Oct 10, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: urinary problems, sexual dysfunction

Sep 7, 2008 (Started Oct 10, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (urinary problems, sexual dysfunction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: This doesn't appear to be an "instant" spasticity relief medication, or at least in my situation. I had to "wean off" of the highest prescribable dosage of Zanaflex while simultaneously "ramping up" my Keppra dosage. Therefore, it wasn't until I reached my current dosage of Keppra that I started realizing positive results of this medication. Given the feedback from other's that I've spoken to that are using Keppra; there doesn't seem to be any "middle ground" in terms of success in treating their MS related spasticity. It appears that it either worked or it didn't work. To that point, being that Keppra is an anti-convulsive/Epileptic medication; some neurologists won't prescribe it for MS related spasticity.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: urinary problems, sexual dysfunction

  • 0 helpful marks
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