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Review: could Keppra cause Brain injury?

Summary: Brain injury could be caused by Keppra, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take Aspirin, and have Convulsion.

We study 19,626 people who have side effects while taking Keppra from FDA and social media. Among them, 305 have Brain injury. Find out below who they are, when they have Brain injury and more.

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Keppra

Keppra (latest outcomes from 21,127 users) has active ingredients of levetiracetam. It is often used in epilepsy, seizures. Commonly reported side effects of Keppra include convulsion, convulsion prophylaxis, fatigue, fatigue aggravated, weakness.

Brain injury

Brain injury (latest reports from 256,232 patients) has been reported by people with osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, depression.

On Apr, 12, 2014: 19,626 people reported to have side effects when taking Keppra. Among them, 305 people (1.55%) have Brain Injury. They amount to 0.12% of all the 255,928 people who have Brain Injury on eHealthMe.

Trend of Brain injury in Keppra reports

Time on Keppra when people have Brain injury * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Brain injury17.95%51.28%12.82%7.69%7.69%2.56%0.00%

Gender of people who have Brain injury when taking Keppra * :

FemaleMale
Brain injury57.10%42.90%

Age of people who have Brain injury when taking Keppra * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Brain injury0.32%2.53%10.44%14.24%12.03%14.87%18.99%26.58%

Severity of Brain injury when taking Keppra ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Brain injury0.00%0.00%0.00%100.00%

How people recovered from Brain injury ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Brain injury0.00%100.00%0.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Convulsion (84 people, 27.54%)
  2. Epilepsy (50 people, 16.39%)
  3. Multiple sclerosis (35 people, 11.48%)
  4. Depression (25 people, 8.20%)
  5. Pain (21 people, 6.89%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (50 people, 16.39%)
  2. Dilantin (44 people, 14.43%)
  3. Nexium (38 people, 12.46%)
  4. Lasix (35 people, 11.48%)
  5. Lamictal (32 people, 10.49%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (4 days ago):

  • patient was being treated with 500 mg keppra 2x per day. No seizures for year. Suddenly, grand mal seizure which lasted approx. 45 minutes: shaking, gasping for breath, vomiting, high blood pressure 180/102; racing heart rate 125; sweating. Later when hospitalized and given 3 mg of Ativan, seizures stopped. Later UTI discovered.

    Reply

  • From this study (6 days ago):

  • I have been choking on medication and food. I had a barium swallow test that showed a narrowing of the esophagus.

    Reply

  • From this study (6 days ago):

  • I have started having my meds and food get stuck in throat. Am starting to chock on things. Had a barium swallow done recently and it showed a narrowing of my esophagus.

    Reply

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