Advertisement

What should I know about Keppra before taking it?

Before taking Keppra (levetiracetam) you should know that, like other medications used to treat epilepsy, Keppra may cause suicidal tendencies in a small percentage of people who take it. If you feel depressed, overly anxious, severely agitated or withdrawn, seek help immediately. Before taking Keppra, make sure your family and/or caregivers understand what to look for in terms of changes in behavior, so that they may step in to get you help if you become suicidal or display other serious mental side effects.

Keppra can also cause extreme sleepiness and fatigue, particularly in the first 4 weeks of treatment. You should not drive or operate machinery until you know how Keppra affects you. 
 

Continue Learning about Anticonvulsant

What is gabapentin?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Gabapentin (Gralise, Horizant, Neurontin) is a drug that was developed to treat epilepsy. It is also...
More Answers
How does Topamax (topiramate) treat migraines?
Dr. Steven A. Meyers, MDDr. Steven A. Meyers, MD
No medication works for everybody, and it is not unusual to have to try several medications before y...
More Answers
What are side effects of anticonvulsants?
John Preston, PsyDJohn Preston, PsyD
Here are side effects of anticonvulsants:Common side effects: Each anticonvulsant has specific side ...
More Answers
What are the side effects of valproic acid in people with dementia?
Sarah N. Mourra, MDSarah N. Mourra, MD
The side effects or adverse effects from valproic acid (Depakote) in people with dementia involve ra...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.