Treatment: Levetiracetam (Keppra)

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Levetiracetam (Keppra)

Levetiracetam is an anticonvulsant (antiseizure or antiepileptic) drug that helps to reduce abnormal levels of excitement in the brain. Levetiracetam helps stop seizure activity in the brain, although its exact effect is not understood. Levetiracetam, also known by the brand name Keppra, is often used to treat epilepsy and manage several different types of seizures, although it may also be prescribed for other conditions. Levetiracetam is available as a tablet (pill) and a liquid solution, and may be prescribed for both children and adults suffering from seizures. Levetiracetam may increase thoughts of suicide in some people, so behaviors are usually closely monitored while taking the drug.

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so far its the best medication used for seizures low side effects9/29/2010 at 11:57 PM
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Use with Neurontin. Side Effects - Fatigue6/7/2010 at 12:40 AM
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This medication has helped reduce the frequency and severity of my seizures. Unfortunately, despite being on 2000 mg a day (which is a fairly high dose) I still have problems with tonic clonic seizures during sleep and simple and complex partial seizures while awake. I'm not happy with the level of control this medication has provided, but my doctor has been reluctant to try a different medication because it has helped and when I was diagnosed it was after having 3 severe tonic clonic seizures in one day (though evidence supports years of undiagnosed seizure activity). This medication will work for many people, but some people will require something stronger or a secondary medication. This medication also causes tiredness, weakness, dizzyness, and lightheadness which I've never completely adjusted to.4/28/2010 at 07:32 AM
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It took about 10 months off work for me to get used to this drug! I behaved like I was drunk. I am now suffering quite badly with what the doctors are calling osteoarthritis in my neck, shoulders, wrists, fingers, hips, knees and toes. But as the Patient Information Leaflet says one of the side effects is muscular/skeletal disorders, I am beginning to think that the Keppra has sorted out one problem but started another! 4/27/2010 at 07:51 AM
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