Keppra with alcohol

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479255 tn?1208119748 Worse, I had seizures/symptoms every month. (Had none for 1 year and 3 mos. with Keppra) My neuro shifted me back to Keppra. Now, I'm back to 500mg 2x/day. During the 3 weeks, I was so ill-tempered. Little things which used to make me laugh irritated me. I was also depressed, esp when I had my period. I never understood "depression" until then. I felt like crying for no reason at all. I thought maybe the hormonal change was also a big factor. Now, it's been a month and 3 days.
Avatar f tn My concern is that his doctor may not fully understand how much he drinks (alcohol). I'm wondering if this can interfere with his medicine or if it can cause seizures. He drinks at least 6 - 8 beers and night and will mix in 6 or so shots of bourbon or whatever we have in with that. He says the only time he's not worried about having a seizure is when he's drunk. I'm concerned that his liver will not be able to cope with the alcohol and the meds he's taking.
Avatar f tn 1 ratio was already standard next-day hangover prevention procedure for me when I started noticing these symptoms, and yeah -- it hasn't been enough at all. It takes more like a whole day's worth of water for me to not be in pain from one alcoholic drink.
Avatar f tn At first I thought this a side effect of the anticonvulsant I take (Keppra) -- the instructions say to avoid alcohol because very serious interactions can occur, although they never specify what those interactions are. A couple medical professionals I talked to about it said that it's because Keppra increases the level of enzymes present in my liver, thereby speeding up my liver's metabolic rate. So my body just skips the drunkenness stage altogether.
Avatar f tn TL;DR: I think Keppra makes me dehydrated because alcohol makes me feel super-dehydrated even if I follow the 2:1 water:alcohol ratio, and because I seem to have a hard time staying hydrated in general. But I'm seeing little if any literature to support dehydration as a Keppra side effect. Does anyone else have any ideas?
Avatar f tn TL;DR: I think Keppra makes me dehydrated because alcohol makes me feel super-dehydrated even if I follow the 2:1 water:alcohol ratio, and because I seem to have a hard time staying hydrated in general. But I'm seeing little if any literature to support dehydration as a Keppra side effect. Does anyone else have any ideas?
Avatar m tn we try almost everything with the exception of the Valproic acid, the Keppra, Tegretol and Trileptal. I'm now only on 8 mg of Rivotril daily and it's not working anymore on me. The PDoc and the Neurologist think that I developp resistant Gaba-a receptors and that benzo meds will never be helpfull for me anymore... Anyway, now i'm dealing with chronic anxiety with many symptoms who last all day long.
Avatar n tn So this guy presents will all over body pain with no foreseeable cause.The doctors end up diagnosing him with epilepsy but with the seizures occuring in the testicular region (which sounds completely bizarre to me) so that's why it never showed up on the EEGs. Even as I'm typing this I feel kind of stupid, but I figured I'd just put it out there... This friend of mine began having severe pelvic pain 5 years before the "seizures" as they have appeared recently started.
Avatar n tn Luckily once I had my MRI they discovered plaque buid up on my brain stem from it. I now take Keppra 1000mg 2xa day. With Dilantin they can tell the level from your blood. Yes alcohol can trigger this and if u stop without tappering ,once your level drops it can result in another seizure.
Avatar f tn MS itself is not a reason not to drink wine or other alcohol in moderate amounts. Read the leaflets that come with your meds to see if alcohol is contraindicated. Check with your doctor, and if all is okay, then enjoy one! With MS, why withhold an innocent pleasure? We have so much negativity.
Avatar f tn I get these unexplained chills all the time, where im freezing cold with goose bumps all over my body. They hurt and I can barely walk they are so bad sometimes. I check my temp when I get these episodes and its perfectly normal. I do not have a infection or am not sick. Im not even in a cold environment. Everyone around me is not cold. Its the weirdest thing, and I cant find a answer for it. Its like my body is messed up and sending these chills for no reason. Please help.
398501 tn?1334705873 I am new to Keppra. Started taking it on wednesday on a really low dose and its being upped by 250mg every two weeks up until 1000mg. really nervous about taking this drug as been on it before but as a support drug and the result was not good so came off it. How reliable does everyone think it is. i am finding myself going hot and cold and feeling nauseous and a little under the weather..
Avatar n tn After a month and a half of trial and error for the anti convulsants, we seem to have found the right combo of 3 Depakote ERs daily and 2 g of Keppra. Now I'm just worried that the Xanax could interfere with the drugs and lead to more seizures.
Avatar f tn This continues during day not just at rest. This weekend i have started having chest pain with it where it feels tight. I also have these funny feelings in my head.
Avatar n tn This can be made more likely, for example, when you are sleep deprived, take alcohol, fevers, miss your Keppra etc. Try to avoid these precipitating events, try to get enough sleep etc. 2 grams of Keppra a day is a standard dose, and should hopefully protect against a furhter seizure. If not, then there is room to increase it further, unless you have intoelrable side effects.
Avatar m tn If you have had seizures and are prescribed keppra don't take it with opiates for sure..I take keppra and celexa antidepressant together and have for 15 years and have had no probs at all with that..
593589 tn?1219104361 Since that time, though my son is on Keppra, I have found some naturopathic herbs that will not interfere with the Keppra, yet they assist with preventing seizures. It is very frustrating when the doctors don't listen or validate your concern and drum up their own conclusions. I feel that Children's Advil caused my son's seizures. The doctors said that wasn't very likely and looked at me like I was a quack. Yet if it is not very likely~that still leaves a chance that it could be.
Avatar n tn If you had a seizure that caused you to lose consciousness and you have been diagnosed with a "Seizure Disorder", then, yes, in many states the Dr. is required by law to report this to the Department of Motor Vehicles. If it can be shown that the seizure was an isolated event and not likely to happen again, you probably would not lose drivng privileges.
Avatar f tn I was seen by a well known neurologist and given every test possible with negative results. He encouraged going off the keppra which I did and was fine for 5 months. Then I drank a glass of wine and experienced another seizure. Alcohol is not a good idea with antihypertensives. Apparently the bp drug tends to dehydrate and in combo with the wine is quite dangerous. In conjunction electrolytes become unbalanced. Two months later I tried again ending up with the same result.
Avatar n tn Hi,I've been aware since my teens that I can be prone to petit mal attacks on very rare occasions.It's always linked to lack of sleep,stress or alcohol(sometimes all three together)But it was so rare and minimal that I never worried about it.A few days ago I experienced a couple of small tremers after a late night out,but had a lot to do so I ignored them.
1406332 tn?1315966360 Febrile seizures are commonly seen in small children with high fevers. In adults, the discontinuance of medications or alcohol in alcoholics can cause seizures. I noticed that the MRI of your brain was normal; brain lesions can cause seizures. I looked at your other posts and saw that you are taking Keppra. Who prescribed this and why? This medication is typically used to treat seizure disorders, but does have off label uses such as neuropathic pain.
339212 tn?1196368535 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.
Avatar n tn Seizure activity can be made worse by alcohol, fatigue, lack of sleep, and some with flashing lights. Each patient is different. Usually, the seizures are well controlled with valproate but some are not. Zonegran is a good second choice, as well as lamictal, Keppra, or topiramide. The seizures are usually life long, and most of our patients do not have dementia, but are high functioning or normal.
Avatar m tn It is possible to feel tremors all over the body. Tremors are often associated with drugs, alcohol, smoking, lack of sleep, poor sleep patterns, stress and fatigue. They can be seen in peripheral neuropathies of diabetes, in hyperthyroidism, parasomnia, multiple sclerosis, TIAs or transient ischemic attacks or mini strokes, hypoglycemia, disorders of calcium metabolism, hyperparathyroidism etc. Certain epilepsies too could be the cause. Consult an internal medicine specialist or your PCP.
Avatar n tn I seem to be stuck in limbo with the symptoms because both people with epilepsy and diabetes have the same symptoms associated with seizures.
Avatar f tn Please be careful with the Keppra my daughter had a very bad reaction to it. Then the doctor did not want to take her off it. We had to wean her off it because her doctor would not and she was having 20 or more seizure's an hour. Before the Keppra nothing. One maybe every six months.
1653487 tn?1303527762 I'm very glad you are happy with your neuro. If you do not achieve satisfactory seizure control with keppra, or are not happy down the road with this doc, shoot for an epileptologist (an "epi"). It helps to be patient, but shoot for seizure control as soon as you can, not simply seizure reduction. (By the way, do your complex partial seizures come the right or left side, and are they from the temporal lobe?) Remember, the earlier the better in terms of long term seizure control.
Avatar n tn what had been anyone"s experience with Keppra. I what recently prescribed this med after and MRI revealed that I have had a minor stroke on the left side ( Doctors were actually looking for MS ) I had a serious fall about 4 weeks ago. The neuro seems to think It may have been a siezure, but I don't think so. I don't know when the stoke accured, yet. I am only 37 .
Avatar f tn thats when his father told me what happens with caffine, and alcohol and lack of sleep. i promised his father i would see to it that he took his medicine regularly because he wasnt. well when we got home, things we good. he was laughing and joking around, there was no sign of anything. then we went to bed and at 10 pm he went into another siezure only this time it really scared me because there was blood. i just knew he had bit his toungue and this siezure lasted about one and a half minutes.