Review: could Keppra cause Depression?


Summary

Depression is found among people who take Keppra, especially for people who are female, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Lamictal, and have Epilepsy . We study 19,700 people who have side effects while taking Keppra from FDA and social media. Among them, 663 have Depression. Find out below who they are, when they have Depression and more.

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Keppra

Keppra has active ingredients of levetiracetam. It is often used in epilepsy. (latest outcomes from Keppra 20,775 users)

Depression

Depression has been reported by people with suicidal ideation, drug ineffective, drug exposure during pregnancy, insomnia, stress and anxiety (latest reports from 245,173 Depression patients).

On Jul, 20, 2016

19,700 people reported to have side effects when taking Keppra.
Among them, 663 people (3.37%) have Depression


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Keppra cause Depression?

Time on Keppra when people have Depression *:

  • < 1 month: 42.0 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 32.67 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 8.67 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 5.33 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 8.0 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 2.0 %
  • 10+ years: 1.33 %

Gender of people who have Depression when taking Keppra *:

  • female: 64.85 %
  • male: 35.15 %

Age of people who have Depression when taking Keppra *:

  • 0-1: 0.36 %
  • 2-9: 0.9 %
  • 10-19: 9.21 %
  • 20-29: 9.57 %
  • 30-39: 18.77 %
  • 40-49: 15.88 %
  • 50-59: 21.66 %
  • 60+: 23.65 %

Severity if Depression when taking Keppra **:

  • least: 22.22 %
  • moderate: 66.67 %
  • severe: 11.11 %
  • most severe: 0.0 %

How people recovered from Depression **:

  • while on drug: 0.0 %
  • after off the drug: 0.0 %
  • not yet: 100 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Epilepsy (158 people)
  • Convulsion (151 people)
  • Pain (49 people)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (47 people)
  • Depression (39 people)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Lamictal (104 people)
  • Neurontin (76 people)
  • Dilantin (61 people)
  • Topamax (56 people)
  • Tegretol (47 people)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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