October 12, 2007

Side Effects of Keppra

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What is Keppra?

Keppra is used with other medicine to treat epilepsy in patients who are 4 years of age and older. It helps to control the flow of abnormal nerves.

What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a chronic disorder of the brain that causes a tendency to have recurrent seizures. Two or more seizures must occur before a person can receive the diagnosis of epilepsy, also known as a seizure disorder. Epilepsy can be related to a brain injury or be heredity.

Seizures occur when there’s a sudden change in the normal way your brain cells communicate through electrical signals. During a seizure, some brain cells send abnormal signals, which stop other cells from working properly. This abnormality may cause temporary changes in sensation, behavior, movement or consciousness.

The onset of epilepsy is most common during childhood and after age 65, but the condition can occur at any age. Treatments may be able to leave you free of seizures, or at least reduce their frequency and intensity.

What should I know before using Keppra?

Keppra may be taken with or without food. Do not stop taking Keppra on your own. If the doctor decides to discontinue Keppra, he or she will tell you how to taper off slowly. Sudden discontinuation can increase the frequency of seizures.

Keppra is recommended for pregnant women only if its potential benefits outweigh the potential risk to the baby. Notify your doctor right away if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Additionally, Keppra could cause serious reactions in a nursing infant. Do not take it while nursing.

Keppra can cause dizziness and drowsiness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or engage in other hazardous activities until you’re sure the drug will not interfere.

How do I take Keppra?

Take it orally (by mouth) with or without food. Do not crush or chew your tablets. Always take your medicine as prescribed by your doctor.

Side effects of Keppra

Common side effects include:

  • depression;
  • dizziness;
  • drowsiness;
  • headache;
  • infection;
  • loss of muscle coordination;
  • nervousness;
  • pain;
  • runny nose;
  • sore throat;
  • and weakness.

If these side effects persist or worsen while taking Keppra contact your doctor immediately.

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