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User Reviews for Levetiracetam

Also known as: Elepsia XR, Keppra, Keppra XR, Roweepra, Spritam

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Neuralgia 3 reviews 29 medications
   
8.0
New Daily Persistent Headache 4 reviews 0 medications
   
8.0
Epilepsy 49 reviews 28 medications
   
7.1
Seizures 124 reviews 42 medications
   
6.9
Bipolar Disorder 5 reviews 33 medications
   
6.2
Summary of Levetiracetam reviews 185 reviews 7.2

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Keppra (levetiracetam) for Seizures: "After a stroke in 2005 I had seizures until starting with Keppra @ 500mg bid, now i'm up to 1000 twice a day, and haven't been bothered by any side effects at all. I'm glad that it is available as a generic, now- I use Levetiracetam, only $4 a month as opposed to the $720 a month Keppra was until recently."

   
10

Coffee luver February 3, 2016

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Keppra (levetiracetam) for Epilepsy: "I was diagnosed at 13 years old with grand mal seizures due to my period. Was put on Keppra 250 mg twice a day. I'm 21 now and still take it. It does control my seizures ( though I still get Aura's once in a while) and I have experienced all the side effects. My parents and friends will be the first to tell you how drastically I have changed from this medication. It makes you very irritable, tired, depressed, CRAZY mood swings and short tempered. Through the years, I've learned to handle it better. When I was 15 I stopped taking them to see if I grew it out of it, suggested by my neuro, and had 3 seizures in 3 days. Have been taking it every day ever since. Keeps me to live a normal life, like drive a car and go to school!"

   
6.0

Anonymous January 30, 2016

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Keppra (levetiracetam) for Seizures: "I wish I could tell you what it is like after my husband STOPS taking Keprra. For my husband and I this has been worse than his hit to the head. Major mood swings,can't sleep, can't eat, anxiety and more. It has been horrible. The thing is everybody is different, but if you are taking Keppra and these are happening to you speak with your doctor asap and try something else. It has been hard!!!!"

   
1.0

Anonymous January 28, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "A doctor first diagnosed me as bipolar in 2007. My mania was out of control from about 2009-2014. Incidentally, I had two seizures in 2014 and started taking Keppra. I have noticed the Keppra has also made a difference in controlling mania. I hope this works for others also. I had to mention it because I would not have taken Keppra had it not been for the seizures. I have not had any bad side effects with Keppra."

   
10

So and So (taken for 1 to 2 years) January 24, 2016

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Keppra (levetiracetam) for Seizures: "Falling asleep most of the day and feeling zonked out, they do help but there must be a kinder drug they could use on us. Also I am grumpy but then that could be me. xx"

Winb143 (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 16, 2016

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Keppra (levetiracetam) for Seizures: "Stopped seizures, caused strange behavior and severe depression."

   
7.0

Eli Manning January 9, 2016

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Keppra (levetiracetam) for Seizures: "I had my first seizure in 04/04/14 whilst driving and they found that I had epilepsy. The neurologist put me on keppra. It is by far the best drug I've had to take. Initially it was a pain as I was always angry, depressed because I lost my Driving Licence and tired all the time. All I wanted to do was sleep. However, once it took this medication after 6 months, the side effects wore off and I was getting back to my old self again. Happy and all that. I once forgot to take my tablets for 2 days. I had a seizure. Biggest mistake I've made. I always remember to take my tablets now. I'm fit free now. Please take your tablets. They do help."

   
10

Ronakm1987 December 16, 2015

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For Epilepsy: "I have taken Keppra (levetiracetam) since January of 2007, so nearly 9 years. I was taking another seizure drug, (Tegretol), but it was causing problems with the sodium level in my blood, so my Neurologist changed me to Keppra 500 me twice a day, and I have had no further problem. I was changed to Keppra 750 2 years ago, as a precaution against any possible future seizures. I have had NO SEIZURES while taking Keppra, and would recommend it to anyone who needs seizure control."

   
10

Osteo Jo (taken for 5 to 10 years) November 30, 2015

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For Bipolar Disorder: "doesn't seem to do much to me at all. But my family and friends say my mood has changed for the better..all I can do is keep taking them and hopefully my episodes will just completely go away ..who wants to be depressed and crying one senond then ridiculoisly happy the next .its annoying"

   
2.0

loralynn1981 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) November 12, 2015

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Keppra (levetiracetam) for Seizures: "I had my first seizure February 2014 and was prescribed Keppra. I took it for a while and experienced all the symptoms as everyone else: depression, fatigue, mood swings, hallucinations, etc. You name it I had it. I had no energy and all I could do was sleep. I got tired of living like that and one day decided to stop taking them, bad move. It was fine for 4 days, I was energized and happy but on that day I had another seizure. I told my doctor and he changed my prescription to Trileptal. I have been on it since that day and the only side effect I think I have would be hair thinning."

   
3.0

Dia Mond (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 10, 2015

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For Epilepsy: "i am on keppra 1000mg and 100mg yopamax daily.combination very effective but i am experiencing severe side effect like tirdness fatigue and muscle weakness.difficult attend to my daily needs"

   
8.0

jayantha November 8, 2015

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Keppra (levetiracetam) for Seizures: "I am 16, I have had Juvenille Myoclonic Epilepsy for almost 2 years now and have been on keppra ever since. I experienced some weight loss, extreme depression, hallucinations, and memory loss. I've only had one other grand mal seizure while on this and I do not jerk anymore. Though it works I wish I felt alive and awake during normal daily tasks. If you can seek other medications for physiological and behavioral reasons, I suggest it."

   
6.0

JME girl November 1, 2015

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For Epilepsy: "Ive been taking Levetiracetam for 10 years now. I take 500mg 2X daily. The first 4 years I experienced little side effects like strange sleep patterns, always tired, and a slight disruption in my ability to concentrate. My seizures were reduced to only 3-4 a year vs. 1-2 a week. In the last five years however the long term side effects have hit me hard...muscle and bone weakness, sciatica, migraines, hair loss, no energy, bouts of rage where I feel outside my body watching a mad woman ( I have always been a calm collected person who never yelled and rarely felt anger), the anger is overwhelming. Suicidal ideation, severe depression, complete lack of concentration, inability to think of words ( which is devastating for my love of writing)"

   
3.0

crystal1979 (taken for 10 years or more) October 29, 2015

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Keppra (levetiracetam) for Seizures: "Will keppra help you come out of a seizure?!?"

Jennie23 (taken for less than 1 month) October 20, 2015

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Keppra (levetiracetam) for Seizures: "Made me more aggressive lost nearly 50% of my friends on facebook while on this. Caused me to lose contact with several family members after they saw my anger from being on this. Product should be off the market!"

   
1.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 15, 2015

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Keppra (levetiracetam) for Epilepsy: "When I first started jeopardy I noticed instability with my emotions, especially anger. After a complete rage out I decided to do some research and discovered that taking a vitamin b6 supplement helps to reduce or eliminate this effect. The results were instantanious with me. If you take keppra I strongly recommend getting the b6 supplement. I take 1 in the morning with breakfast."

   
7.0

Blazeem October 15, 2015

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Keppra (levetiracetam) for Seizures: "My fiance (22 yrs old, 130 lbs) has been on Keppra combined with Vimpat for over a year and he has had very bad mood swings, weight loss, anxiety, feelings of hopelessness, depression, and irritability/quick temper. We are trying to find out if there is another medication he can take in combination with these to help combat the side effects, or if someone has found another med that works as well with less severe side effects, seeing this is the only med that has helped his seizures so far (diagnosed at 17) Anyone else with a similar problem, or know what might help?"

   
4.0

Nkap (taken for 1 to 2 years) October 11, 2015

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Keppra (levetiracetam) for Seizures: "I have all side effects and I have to talk to my doctor about taking it . I take 1000mg twice a day. It's crazy. I hate having to take this."

   
7.0

Nikkie4420gmail.com (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 6, 2015

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Keppra (levetiracetam) for Seizures: "I was on decadron and vimpat (Lacosamide, another anticonvulsant), and I'm pretty sure the vimpat was compounding the side effects of the decadron (mood swings, weight gain, blood sugar issues ('m also diabetic).Plus, I was still having seizures, especially whed I tried to work out (mostly running, but sometimes on an elliptical machine. I asked to be put back on the keppra I had taken for 6 months prior to being moved to the vimpat. I've been able to run again, and am having fewer seizures (although had one this morning after doing the ADA diabetes step out 23 mile walk and sprinting the last half mile to get to a restroom. I definitely feel like the keppra is more effective against seizures, still, and doesn't compound the side-effects "

   
7.0

TonyB1969 October 3, 2015

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For Seizures: "I had every side effect even pain in my temples which was so painful that I thought they were going to bust and was ready to go to the ER, when I decided to look my meds up online and found that Keppra was causing these side effects, and people were going to the ER for this. Also, I was having so many memory problems I couldn't remember anything from 2 mins prior. I had Agitation, Anixiety, Angry Outbursts, I had to Go..I mean go.. I couldn't stay still sometimes I felt like I had to leave it was crazy.. I was loosing my mind.. I had no control I was very Angry lots of outbursts and I couldn't control it! When I looked up all of the side effects I couldn't believe how I felt was right there, it was me right there."

   
4.0

Saynep September 29, 2015

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Keppra (levetiracetam) for Seizures: "My 2 year old grandson was drop falling constantly every 2/3 min. He already was taking toprimate and onfi. We started koppra and the falling decrease with one dosage. three days now and no falls, no shakes or jerks."

   
8.0

319s September 12, 2015

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Keppra (levetiracetam) for Seizures: "I was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was 17 and was prescribed Dilantin. I was having grand mal seizures and it was working ok. When I was 22 I moved to Florida and saw a new neurologist and he said Dilantin was an old drug and put me on keppra. I'm taking 1500mg twice a day and I'm having more grand mal seizures and partial complex zone outs. Keppra has not helped at all and I'm going to a new doctor for a different opinion on what to take."

   
1.0

Kevin Heidegger September 5, 2015

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For Epilepsy: "After I started taking this I started getting feeling like I was drunk without drinking anything for about 30 minutes. It was hard to walk. I take 2000mg at a time in the morning and afternoon."

   
6.0

CharlieLane September 4, 2015

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Keppra (levetiracetam) for Epilepsy: "I have been on Keppra for two years and would not recommend it. Keppra greatly reduced the frequency and severity of my seizures BUT it did so at a cost. Since starting Keppra I've consistently experienced depression, anxiety, and compulsive suicidal thoughts. It has significantly impacted my quality of life in terms of mental health."

   
4.0

Not worth it July 29, 2015

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For Seizures: "If it was possible to give this a 0, I would. I've had the hiccups for almost a year. My neurologist thinks they're "a strange presentation of clonic seizures in the brain stem". Weird, but okay. I've been on 500 mg for four days. In that time, I've lost consciousness twice, had three nosebleeds, been dizzy and lightheaded, had constant trouble breathing, had ridiculous mood swings from angry to crying in the blink of an eye, and been unable to walk a straight line. I feel drunk. It's horrible."

   
1.0

Rachel8293 (taken for less than 1 month) July 28, 2015

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