Keppra is an anti-epileptic drug used to control what are commonly noted as seizures. Most adults have partial seizures that result in involuntary loss of body control and consciousness. This drug is able to be used with other anti-epileptic drugs and may be taken in children as young as four years old. While this may not be able to completely stop all seizures, the patient should see a dramatic decrease in the amount of seizures occurring. Less common uses for Keppra include treating stroke, head trauma, Alzheimer’s, migraines, and autism. It is not exactly known or understood why this medication is effective in treating these disorders, but the medical community has come to accept its success for healthier outcomes.
A physician will need to prescribe this medication. It does not need to be taken with a meal but should be taken with a full glass of water. If prescribed in pill form, the pill should be swallowed whole and unbroken. Even if the patient feels an improvement in condition, he should not stop taking Keppra without first consulting the doctor. The doctor will need to monitor the patient’s reactions to determine if an increase or decrease in dosage is needed.
Adverse effects may occur. Tell a doctor immediately if experiencing side effects such as seizures that are worse or have increased in frequency, hallucinations, depression, suicidal thoughts, flu symptoms or jaundice. More common side effects include drowsiness, irritability, weakness and loss of coordination. Since it is unknown whether Keppra will harm an unborn baby, the patient should let her doctor know if she is pregnant or planning to become pregnant, is pregnant or has a baby she is nursing. To ensure there are no harmful effects to the patient, she may undergo regular blood testing. Care should be taken to report any changes in moods to the doctor.
Keppra should be taken at the same time each day and continued until otherwise told by a doctor. It is advised that an ID bracelet be worn while taking this medication. While there are side effects present in some people, it has a high success rate for most individuals using this medication as prescribed.
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