Keppra and weight loss

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502693 tn?1249155046 HI Debz123 Just joined this forum and saw you post. My doc is also switching my tegretol to keppra and keeping the epilim, and am just wondering how you found it in terms of seizure control and side effects? I think I can live with the side effects, as the epilim has left me with short memory loss and am always tired, but I'm really nervous switching meds as have had good seizure control (one in every 6 years for the last twenty). Any info. would be great thanks!
Avatar n tn The tingling in fingers, the mood swings, the stomach issues, and yes the weight loss and FATIGUE. I am only on 50 mg, and will not take more. I am surprised that so many people want to use this drug as a weight loss product. This is not a weight loss product, it is a serious drug, with serious side effects that you have to live with for the rest of your life. If I did not have to take it, I would not.
479255 tn?1208119748 I have been experiencing terrible nausea and dizziness along with numbness in arms and hands have you the same thing? Going to neuro today and hoping he will decrease my keppra and increase lamictal. I'm currently on 100mg of lamictal and 375mg keppra twice daily. I hate it way too irritable. Any suggestions!
Avatar n tn There are many listervs with migraine sufferers and epileptics mourning hair loss and topomax---and their neurologists' denial of the relationship. I located a PDR, and it does list alopecia as a "less common side effect". I decided to pursue expert neurologists at a research university 3 hours away from me for help---and a medication switch. They denied my hair loss could be due to the topomax, flatly, and recommended I use Head and Shoulders.
Avatar n tn I voiced my opinion to the neuro on a follow up visit she had and the switch was made to Keppra. It works, for the most part, but the weight gain is most pronounced. She leads a very active life style and eats very modestly to sparingly 2x per day - and still gains weight. She regularly has for lunch a small cup of cottage cheese and 10 grapes and weight is gained. What gives? Is there something that will work with Keppra and allow her to get back to her old svelte self?
Avatar f tn then to Depakote (the fat pill) which actually controlled my seizures but not my weight; then put on Mysoline (which was great for weight loss); then to Keppra ('cause after 15+ years on Mysoline, it's taking it's toll on my bones); but back to Mysoline because I was having severe Mysoline withdrawal symptoms (Mysoline has a phenobarb compound). Okay . . . seizures started at 14 and I'm now 56 . . . and over the past 5 years, I've noticed a gradual decline in my memory.
Avatar n tn In my experience yes it is normal to have some memory loss and headaches that surround the event. My seizures begin in the Right Temporal Lobe area and are usually petit mal seizures but at other times have become grand mal. I am on Lamictal and it is controling mine very well. The Neurologists tried me on about 8 different meds before they found that lamictal, in the right dose, works for me.
620923 tn?1452919248 I think it had a lot to do with the Lyrica I was taking and the pain clinic just changed this to Keppra and hopefully this will help. I am a walker, and I try to get out at least 3 times a week and walk at least 2 to 3 miles. My weakness is pop. (diet) but I am alway's drinking it. I know it's not good for me and I don't drink that much water. Also my nightly ice cream. I acturally ran out last night so I won't buy any more. I love having all of you for support.
Avatar n tn He's now complaining that he cannot taste sugar or salt. He's currently on Keppra (anti-seizure med) and Decadron (steroids). His dr. said that neither meds are commonly linked to a loss in taste but that since he didn't go near his olfactory nerve, he is puzzled and assumes it might be from one of the meds and that it could be temporary. Is this possible? Anyone had or heard of this type of experience?
629294 tn?1225391814 just off this past two week after a long summer of surgeries, illness weight loss etc. We have gained reasonable control of seizure on Keppra now so came off diet to get her up in 50th percentile for weight she is in 10th now. She is G-Tube fed so I puree all foods. we were on a olive oil version of diet with fresh spinach for past three yrs...should I continue with a spin meal daily?
1255505 tn?1272822715 I am unsure of this diagnosis being as how all this began a week after the meningitis almost killed me and deteriorated my brain to the capacity of severe memory loss and has caused me disability issues in my spine. EEG reports read a reaction to certain hertz of sound waves. Stress i believe is a factor but soley bipolar disorder? Thoughts on this issue please...
962492 tn?1247458219 But I can tell you that when you say you're having a seizure and you shout out nonsensical phrases, that sounds like Tourette's Syndrome. Keppra is a perfectly good medicine with few side effects that will help control the seizure activity aspect of Tourette's. As for any abdominal edema, usually that is accompanied by a discoloration of the skin, whereas you do not have that.
Avatar m tn It's also used for weight loss. The drawback? It can make you pretty spacey.
Avatar n tn After that I started having these episodes where my speech was for a very short period of time was interrupted and I was suffering from mental confusion, and memory loss. At one point before seeing the doctor I was experiencing as many as 20 episodes per day with varrying intensity. My Neurologist prescribed the generic version of KEPPRA, starting with 1,000 mg per day. That dosage had only a minimal effect and so now the doctor has increased the dosage to 2000 mg per day.
Avatar n tn The good news is that there are many other medications than tegretol and depakote, many with much better dies effect profiles. Depakote can cause tremors, weight gain, hair loss, liver toxicity/failure and platelet dysfunction. Dizziness, balance problems, fatigue and thinking problems can be encountered on any seizure medication if the dose is too high (Depakote and tegretol included).
Avatar n tn He's now complaining that he cannot taste sugar or salt. He's currently on Keppra (anti-seizure med) and Decadron (steroids). His dr. said that neither meds are commonly linked to a loss in taste but that since he didn't go near his olfactory nerve, he is puzzled and assumes it might be from one of the meds and that it could be temporary. Is this possible? Anyone had or heard of this type of experience?
Avatar f tn I tapered off of it only to find the massive weight loss was due to my malfunctioning gall bladder. It was then that my life changed drastically!! I suffered complications after the surgery to remove my gallbladder, spleen and appendix. I was on narcotic meds for almost 2 years. It didnt take long for me to become powerless to opiates. My guess is the opiates acted much like the adderall did as far as ADD is concerned.
Avatar n tn a specially handeled blood sample is required for peripheral smear? 3- Vitamine E and Magnesium? 4- Celiac disease in association with weight loss? 5- Did you have/ or was it possible to get Jerk-locked back averaging EEG?
Avatar f tn It may have other symptoms such as muscle aches, sore throat, generalized headache, unrefreshing sleep, concentration difficulties, flu-like symptoms, anxiety, weight loss, bloating, abdomainal pain, and many others. Did your symptoms start when you started the keppra? Keppra and other antiepileptics can cause fatigue/drowsiness. Also, did your symptoms improve when you started the keppra?
Avatar m tn I was taken to hospital, Had a full blood test, CT Scan, MRI and referred to a Neurologist where I had an EEG and was placed on 500mg of Keppra twice a day 12 hours apart. Also was banned from driving for 12 months. This pretty much ruined my life. As a result I lost my house, Job, Girlfriend & Many, Many, Many more things. In the meantime I continued to see my neurologist and had more blood tests and EEG scan which all as usual came back clear- I was in perfect health according the tests.
480448 tn?1426952138 or was watching the world through a movie projector, instead of through my own eyes and mind. Therefore, I am going to share with you all what *I* know about these phenomena, and hopefully reassure some of you that this is par for the anxiety while irritating, maybe even is totally harmless. Derealization and depersonalization are two terms that are sometimes used interchangably. Truth is, they DO vary a little bit in their presentation....
Avatar n tn But, I now am gaining weight so I would like to start taking it again..But, I am weary of the hair breakage and hair loss..
Avatar n tn I see chiro for pinched nerves 3x a week, I used to suffer from horrible migraines but they have since subsided, I go to therapy to deal with loss of my father, and now tried these antidepressants to try to be a BETTER me and all its done is made me worse. Wooshing, er visits, sadness, stress. I have almost used up all my FMLA at work and if they dont allow me a longer term personal leave to try to get back to who I once was, I may lose or just walk away from my 14 year job.
407463 tn?1201992047 I refused to take Kytril and discontinued chemo but continued Keppra twice a day. I removed myself from all steroids and limited use of diazepam and did my best to rest and avoid seizures. I have a medical marijuana prescription. My kids recommended mushroom capsules and ginger for my brain swelling and Waiora drops in my water. Since these are not difficult to take and I like the marijuana, I have kept on this regime easily and haven't had seizures in months.
Avatar f tn my neuro told me dilantin will cause mood swings and cause me to be irritable and was hard on your body after being on them so long. i have started keppra and dropping 1 dilantin a month . i was told my moods will improve and i will start to think more clearly. my neuro told me dilantin does slow your thinking and leaves you in a fog.
211940 tn?1267884866 pain as described was crippling me got to the stage i couldnt pick my head up off the pillow and loss of feeling in fingers and thumb. dr sent for xray of shoulders and neck within 3 days he told me it was cervical discs pinching nerves,arthritus etc but pain is caused by deep muscle spasms.he prescribed a muscle relaxant tablet (baclofen) and i took 3 per day for 2 weeks it eased off and did the trick.
Avatar n tn I've had to add in food to stop my weight from dropping and I lost 7lbs on accident. Even my size small shirts are getting too big, and I'm not really that short, so I'd like to stay the same weight. I'm also very exhausted. I used to be energetic, after all, I do exercise regularly, but now I sleep 9-10hrs a night and by the evening (6pm) I'm so tired it's hard to focus. It's impacting my work and social life. I guess I don't really know how to make myself feel better.
874521 tn?1424120397 Can't wait to see how much I lose once I'm totally off it and on topamax which should speed up the process of weight loss even further!! If anyone can tell me what their initial side effects were in the first 1-2 months of topamax were and if they started to ease up please let me know!