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Keppra vs Dilantin, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a male patient aged 57

This is personalized comparison of Keppra vs Dilantin for a male aged 57. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What are the drugs

Keppra (latest outcomes from 21,198 users) has active ingredients of levetiracetam. It is often used in epilepsy.

Dilantin (latest outcomes from 953 users) has active ingredients of phenytoin sodium. It is often used in epilepsy.

What is the symptom

Fumbling (the hands cold while doing or handling something) (latest reports from 189 patients) has been reported by people with depression, bipolar i disorder, rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, cancer pain.

On Oct, 25, 2014: 1,352 male patients aged 53 who take the same drugs are studied in Keppra vs Dilantin

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug

Drugs to compare:

Keppra levetiracetamUcb Inc
Dilantin phenytoin sodiumnot specified

eHealthMe real world results:

For males aged 53 (±5):

Comparison with the specified adverse outcomes:

(outcome and its % of total reports)

Keppra (Ucb Inc)Dilantin

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Keppra (Ucb Inc)Dilantin
Convulsion (muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body)Convulsion (muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Grand Mal Convulsion (a type of generalized seizure that affects the entire brain)
Somnolence (a state of near-sleep, a strong desire for sleep)Fall
Thrombocytopenia (decrease of platelets in blood)Drug Ineffective
Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)Condition Aggravated
Confusional StateDrug Toxicity
FallLoss Of Consciousness
Condition AggravatedNausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
DepressionNystagmus (a condition of involuntary eye movement)
Asthenia (weakness)Dizziness

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Keppra (Ucb Inc)Dilantin
Convulsion (muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body)Appetite Decreased Nos (decreased appetite occurs when you have a reduced desire to eat)
Absence Seizure (impairment of consciousness in epilepsy)Dizziness (excl Vertigo)
DizzinessVision Blurred
ConstipationNausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Erectile DysfunctionDizziness
Anaemia (lack of blood)Memory Impairment
Liver Disorder (liver diseases)Fall
Blood Phosphorus IncreasedUpper Limb Fracture Nos
Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (a rare, life-threatening skin condition that is usually caused by a reaction to drugs causes wide spread skin destruction)Nervousness
White Blood Cell Count DecreasedLethargy (tiredness)

Drug effectiveness:

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Drug effectiveness in real world:

Alternative drugs:

Side effects in real world:

On eHealthMe, Keppra (levetiracetam) is often used to treat epilepsy. Dilantin (phenytoin sodium) is often used to treat epilepsy. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

Recent related drug comparison:

NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients are also considered.

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