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Review: could Keppra cause Stroke?

We study 19,848 people who have side effects while taking Keppra from FDA and social media. Among them, 284 have Stroke. Find out below who they are, when they have Stroke and more.

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Keppra

Keppra (latest outcomes from 21,176 users) has active ingredients of levetiracetam. It is often used in epilepsy.

Stroke

Stroke (sudden death of a portion of the brain cells due to a lack of oxygen) (latest reports from 444,831 patients) has been reported by people with diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, pain, multiple sclerosis.

On Aug, 15, 2014: 19,839 people reported to have side effects when taking Keppra. Among them, 284 people (1.43%) have Stroke. They amount to 0.06% of all the 442,100 people who have Stroke on eHealthMe.

Trend of Stroke in Keppra reports

Time on Keppra when people have Stroke * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Stroke17.65%47.06%11.76%5.88%5.88%11.76%0.00%

Gender of people who have Stroke when taking Keppra * :

FemaleMale
Stroke67.18%32.82%

Age of people who have Stroke when taking Keppra * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Stroke0.00%1.03%1.38%6.90%8.62%13.79%15.17%53.10%

Severity of Stroke when taking Keppra ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Stroke ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Convulsion (87 people, 30.63%)
  2. Epilepsy (31 people, 10.92%)
  3. Osteoporosis (24 people, 8.45%)
  4. Pain (18 people, 6.34%)
  5. Hypertension (15 people, 5.28%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (81 people, 28.52%)
  2. Plavix (33 people, 11.62%)
  3. Nexium (31 people, 10.92%)
  4. Lexapro (30 people, 10.56%)
  5. Dilantin (28 people, 9.86%)

* 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 (2 weeks ago):

  • Started having grand mal seizures at age 24. Have had over 50 seizures, all grand mal and all sever in length and recovery time. Severe loss of memory. Accompanied by 3 strokes. Two TIA and one causing left body from shoulder down for weeks. Cannot drive. Cannot work. Longest length in between episodes is a little over a month. Single mother concerned for my son's and my own safety. Idiopathic. Tried MANY different regiments of medications. Breakthrough severe seizures always occur. Have see. Seen many specialist, all test preformed, no solid answers at all. NO history of epilepsy or seizure disorder in family. At a loss. Please help me get my life back.

    Reply

    anonymousXuka on Aug, 16, 2014:

    Have you ever had a fall or injure to the head? (I never had it) but I can relate to you. Because I had a dog that gave birth to these 5 puppies. One of the puppies that I gave away later had continues epilepsy. I later found out that the dog's owner abuse her a lot (hitting in the head.) But none of other 5 or the mom or dad had it (I own the mom & dad). The owner ended up giving the dog away to get killed. I had to go the shelter to take the dog back. One thing I noticed that the dog would get seizure whenever she heard loud noises (like my mom yelling) couple hours prior that. May be you could try to figure out if there was any pattern that could help you to prevent the seizures from happening. Some people think it's silly but one thing helps me going through difficult times is to focus on the positives by listening to the audio "The Secret" & "The Power" from Rhonda Burne. I hope you can get cured soon; miracles do happen. I wish you all the best.

    Reply

  • From this study (3 weeks ago):

  • Onset of symptoms started on third day of Savella Titration pack. Immediately stopped medicine (had the 3rd day am dose) by midday spasms and back pain severe, by 6pm unable to walk due to extreme pain. Sent to ER, no response to pain medicine, finally muscle relaxer allowed me to walk again. Sent home on Muscle relaxers. Had MRI - found 1 inch fluid cyst on Pancreas. 5 days later muscles no longer hurt, minimal back pain and able to walk again unassisted.

    Reply

  • From this study (3 weeks ago):

  • ARoberts on Aug, 8, 2014:

    Hi how did you know that you were having the strokes? Did they say that the Topamax was causing them?

    Reply

    krissybyrd on Mar, 10, 2014:

    I had a series of 6 strokes on New Years eve and into day and then 2 more in a month. Doctors could not find out why except that I have thick blood they were in my brain stem. But one doctor the last time said that Topamax would kill me and not to take it. Since stopping I am doing much better and have been home for one month now. I hate Topamax.

    Reply

    L. Hudson on May, 28, 2012:

    Female, 28
    Massive Stroke after taking Topamax for 9 mo. unknown etiology, misdiagnosed for 5+ months- lost entire rt cerebellum and part of brain stem due to no intervention.
    High Blood Pressure since 25 unknown etiology, casual smoker on/off ~2 yrs. Otherwise healthy. Blood tests, CTAs of neck and brain vessels all within normal limits. Awaiting echo of heart (neuro thinks it will be WNL as well).
    Am on other meds as well.

    Reply

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