Keppra and birth control

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Hello, I wish to have kids in a near future, currently I am taking Keppra (3,000 mg a day), it has completly control my seizures and I feel fortunately for this. However, I will like to know if this is a safe medicine to get pregnant with. I know it is still consider as new medicine for epilepsy, and there might be risks for birth defects. I just want to make sure if there has been new research about this medicine and pregnancy, I will like my future children to be healthy.
I am a 41 yr old, 242 lbs (very over weight) 5'4" female. I had a small hole repaired in my heart, PFO, 6 years ago. I also have heart arrhythmia's. I am currently taking Plavix, Asprin 81 mg, Toprol XL 200 mg, & Keppra 1000 mg for a mild seziure siorder. I am also a kidney patneit not on dyalisis just have to be watched, I just get infections a lot, this I was born with. I have 2 fairly simple questions I would like a another opinion on.....just being safe :) #1.
i just started taking keppra and prior to keppra i was on depakote i was on depakote 4 bouut 15 yrs and new bout the side affects reguarding liver and having to do blood count i was ok w that but now here i am depakote free for 9 months taking keepra 750mg=3000 daliy yet i can skip it for time and days and there i go having seizures yet id skip like a month at times w depakote cuz i was doing drugs at that time and realized it takes like 5 weeks of no depakote be4 id be laying out w seizures but
Also, they did a MRI and found NOTHING out of the ordinary... Not until I wanted to get on birth control, did they change my medication. Dilantin and the pill do not mix. Dilantin cancels out the pill so my neurologist put me on depakote. (which I LOVED). Right away, it worked ten times better for me. I took it at night before I went to bed since it caused drowsiness. Everything worked fine. When I was 20, I was moving and misplaced my pills and went two days w/o taking my medication.
Does anyone know why a person would have a circulation problem, beginning at birth, which causes more and more problems, from birth on up through adulthood? Thank you, in advance, to ANYONE who can help me. Even if you don't know what I have, but you share the same symptoms - that would be great, too. Maybe, together, we can conquer this. Of course, I doubt that there's anyone out there, like me. I feel all alone, with this.
Hello, I presented with seizures and am currently taking Keppra. My seizures are partial complex - I was experiencing 10 a day at first but now haven't had any in 3 weeks, Yay Me!! LOL I was just diagnosed with MS, last week. My cousin, although, was diagnosed with MS about 6 years ago, also has partial complex seizures, HMMMMM Curious?! I was treated in a local ER, which didn't bring about any answers.
With the encouragement of family and friends I made it through the initial onset of the side effects and they've subsided. My headaches are minimal and my depression is under control and I haven't been able to say that in 3 years! I too have struggled with my weight due to all of the anti-depressants I've been on and off, and on again.... but this combination works for me.
I can say that these spell activities were worse as a child, around age 12 or so, during my pregnancy at 18, and during birth control pill changes, high stress, lack of sleep, and of course, recently. I have been on 1500 mg of Keppra in the a.m. and p.m. and now have just been prescribed Zonagran with a referall to a university hospital for further testing. I have also had testing EEGs, MRI, CAT scans etc that were negative as far as I know.
He was saying (or Dr Gee the medical examiner was saying) that one woman presented with seizures which were actually caused by blood clots in the lungs. They were saying that two causes of this are dvt and birth control pills. I just found it of some interest. It probably doesn't apply in your situation, or even my mums.
recurrent headaches, chronic fatigue, low energy, sleeping alot and stress. 3 months later, I woke up and my tongue was tremoring and my face was twitching.It is continual, especially throughout the night. have had several MRI's, CT scans, PET scan, EMG, EKG, EEG, 2 spinal taps, Movement Disorder Studies, blood/urine tests (for various diseases, cancers, hormonal conditions, metabolic conditions, etc). We also tried a five day IV of steroids - which did not reveal any changes.
But I wonder if putting the 2 meds together was the trigger? I'm now tapering off zoloft and switching to Keppra (for seizures.) Not sure if I'm feeling much relief yet!! (Been a few weeks into this) How come I was into the docs over the years w/diarrhea complaints and none of the docs ever told me Zoloft was one of the worst SSRIs for causing d.??? Also in last couple years having problems w/insomnia...Docs never told me about that side effect either!!! Just gave me Ambien!!
People befriending him on-line just to try and sell pills, get a new client, Jefferson Hospital thinks he is just another addict that can't control his desire to get high and isn't strong enough to find a 'real answer' for the pain he suffers.
My son, Evan, is a 3 ½ year old male (born 1/8/05) with hypotonia, seizures (grand mal and petit mal and recently atypical absence seizures) and severe developmental delays. Cognitively, he is about the age of a 9 month old. Just last week he started having lip smacking/staring/vomiting episodes that I am assuming is a new type of seizure. We started noticing Evan’s delays around 2 months and since then he has had every test known to man.
Shortly after I started taking it again my period started flowing and has only stopped for breaks no longer than 3 days. I don't know if my birth control has anything to do with it at all, but I figured I would make sure I added that in there. I'm also suffering from severe hot flashes, irritability, and other general PMS symptoms including cramps and others that I've never really had before. I'm constantly dry (skin, vagina, eyes, mouth, etc) no matter how hydrated I keep myself.
However, he said it could NOT be causing me so much pain. He checked out my arm and noticed a hard soft tissue knot, and suggested removing it through surgery and it "might" relieve my pain. So, 3 weeks ago I had the said surgery and it was removed (a hard soft tissue mass about the size of a marble). No, this was not the cyst inside my humerus bone. Anyways, I still have the pain, and it is extremely terrible at night (on a scale of 1 to 10, a 20 at night).
Hi, my youngest daughter has epilepsy, has done since birth, she's now 7, and I've spent a lot of time in hospitals over the years. One of the times she was admitted, I commented on how many children there were with seizures on the ward, and she said that it was really strange, because there are definitely times when seizure activity is heightened and the ward is full of it. I can't for the life of me remember what time of year it was, but have you had any electrical storms recently?
But due to the side effects of that like the weight control issuess, liver, and birth defects it can cause I want to go off but nervous as I have not had a seizure in more then a decade now and hesitant to chance it, just don't like the side effects of depakote!!!!
doesn't understand what could be that is helping me, I don't know but I have my seizures under control Thanks to God and this vitamin. My other Dr.
phenobarbital 15 mg BID , sabril 250 mg am y 500 mg pm, keppra 500 mg BID, topiramato 12 mg am y 18 mg pm, piridoxal fosfato 100 mg TID and when he has many seizures I give him ativan 0.5 mg, howewer my baby continues with the seizures, although his development until now is normal. The neuropediatricians had told me that my baby has refractory epilepsy but I want to know if I can do something to control the seizures. I hope you can help me or advise me.
Some women have catamenial epilepsy, or epilepsy which is directly related to hormones, and thus take birth control pills to help regulate their period, or stop it all together. Every case is so different.....many cases are not affected by hormones alone. Whatever happens, don't let anyone on the job discriminate/fire you simply because of your epilepsy. You should not feel ashamed or embarrased.
I'm just off my birth control and we are no longer preventing anymore. We will begin actively trying in December when Mason turns 2 y/o. im sending you a message on FB by the way.
I am a 30 year old Latina female with a history of hashimoto's thyroiditis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I was on birth control pills and stopped them November 2008. On January 13, 2009 during a meeting at work, i was trying to speak and couldn't quite get the words out and I passed out and I was taken to the emergency room. I was admitted into the hospital due to very high CPK levels. Initially the emergency room MD thought I had a case of Vasalvagal Syncope.
I just feel like I am not getting any answers and I am very scared. I am on Keppra for now, and my doctor will put me on Quinine for the leg spasms soon. I didn't just let this go for more than a year. I went to the doctor for these leg spasms, but no one could help me. I can't sleep anymore. They are the most painful thing I've ever experienced. I feel like the leg spasms are directly related to the seizure. Please, any help would be wonderful.
Prednisone, Cipro, Birth Control (Acne med), Entocort, Anti-depressant, Biologics 9) Depression - Anti-depressant did nothing 10) Malnutrition So now, my little story. I can't remember exactly when the fog started, but I know it was before my diagnosis and medication souffle. When I was diagnosed, I blamed it on Crohn's. When I seemed to be getting better, I blamed it on Predisone. Then, stress. Then I relapsed - must be Crohn's again.
She gets worse during the week before her period to the week after. She is on the 3 month birth control as of last month to see if this helps. We are going to the endocrinologist in 2 weeks for the annual checkup and to retest the hormone levels etc. Her brain is over active at night and she's on Lunesta as needed which seems to be every night. So in the meantime, are there brain related scans we can try to rule out or narrow down the part of the brain that is malfunctioning or over-excited?
His pulse ox number would drop into the 40's every seizure so they kept him for 5 days total and we were released with orders to see the neurologist in 2 weeks. The DR put him on keppra (in which had too many side effects), then Topamax and valium, in which he stayed on for 2 1/2 months. He continued to have the seizures, sometimes 4 a day, and sometimes 3 days in between them.
I would also like to get a sleep study done, as you mentioned. I hope we can get this under control before the nice weather gets here. We both work and I worry about his safety. Are you able to drive and do normal activities?
He gave me Topomax and Keppra for epilepsy and some medicine for the pain. When I got back to USA I went to the clinic for my MRI results. The Dr. told me my results came back normal. He told me to not take any more of the medicine I was given in Mexico because I do not have epilepsy. He said this medicine was not necessary and it could ruin my digestive system. He sent me to have a urine test and I had a minor infection. He gave me pills for that. He also gave me floxentine pills.
She is well liked by her teachers and peers. She says if she is under stress she doesn't know she is. She takes a birth control pill for bad cramps and aleve for headaches. The ER doctor acted like he thought she was faking and needed to see a psychiatrist. I don't believe she was. I'm worried. Even more since she is starting to learn to drive. I know how helpless I felt yesterday when I was the only one there and didn't know what to do.
And even though he is on an anti-seizure medication (keppra) we haven't seen any since before his coiling procedure. Examinations done by PT/OT and ophthalmology all went well and we were told that we would not need any future appts. to follow up with them. Our biggest concern at this time is what does the future hold for our little guy. Since there are really no documented cases it's hard to know the answers to our questions.
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