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My son is 36 years old and has been on keppra 9 years.He is

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my son is 36 years old and has been on keppra for about 9 years.He is weaning off by a fourth of a pill at night.He is on 1500mg. at night and day.He is having a very hard time walking and his arm jerks are aweful.Any suggestions? Is there anything he can take to make the side effects easier?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,

This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.

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Do you have history of seizures?

Keppra should not be weaned off till you have been placed on another anti epileptic to control the jerks and gait.

Vimpat is a newer anti epileptic often considered in such scenario.

The starting dose is 100 mg twice daily.

At this point, your keppra dose should be increased to 2000 mg daily at least till new medication started for symptom control.

Pleae discuss with your neurologist.

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