What is Keppra used for?
Keppra is a medicine to
treat partial seizures in adults and children 4 years of age and older
with epilepsy. It is taken with other
seizure medicines to help control seizures.
Special Warning(s) with
Some people taking Keppra
can get serious reactions including:
- sleepiness or feeling tired
- difficulty coordinating muscles normally, (e.g.,
- aggression, anger, and irritability
- agitation, anxiety, and other mood changes
- decreased ability to cope with daily life events
- feeling depressed or worsening depression
- thoughts of suicide
Talk to your doctor before
stopping Keppra or any other seizure medicine. Stopping a seizure
medicine all at once can cause status epilepticus, a serious problem.
General Precautions with
Keppra may cause
drowsiness. Do not drive a car or operate complex machinery until you
know how Keppra affects you.
What should I tell my
doctor or health care provider?
Tell your doctor or health care provider if you:
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Keppra may cause birth
defects. If you are taking Keppra while pregnant, tell your health care
provider to register you in the Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry by
- are nursing or planning to nurse your baby. Keppra is passed
through breast milk to the baby.
- have a history of kidney problems.
Tell your doctor about any
other medicines you may be taking, including non-prescription medicines.
What are some possible
side effects of Keppra? (This is NOT a complete list of side
effects reported with Keppra. Your health care provider can discuss with
you a more complete list of side effects.)
The most common side effects are:
For more detailed
information about Keppra, ask your health care provider.