Keppra Generics Comparison

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d. j. sekin Says:


My wife is on Keppra (brand name) and wishes to switch to generic brand. Do you have an experience with the various Keppra brands or with switching from the brand name to the generic? Tks. djs



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none Says:

Yes, my daughter was switched to the generic brand by my pharmacy because my insurancen no longer covered the brand name when the generic brand came out. My daughter was in and out of the hospital for the next two months (for two weeks the first months and 3 of 4 weeks the second month) immediately following the switch. The doctors immedicately switched her back to the brand keppra. I do not recommend switching without doctor supervision.

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stella Says:

My husband was switched to the generic because we could not afford the brand name co-pay. He was on Dilantin and having horrible side effects. He is 55 and had his first seizure in January and they cannot find out why. He has had 2 since - one because he decided to adjust his own dosage and the last one I think was alcohol-related but he insists no. The dr just increased his dose to the max but he is a big guy over 6 ft.

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JLauren Says:

I am supposed to only take Keppra, but about 4 months ago the pharmacy screwed up and gave me generic medicine instead. I took it just because I didn't see the harm, but I had pretty noticeable side effects. Not to the point where I was hospitalized, but I was really dizzy and began suffering from episodes of vertigo. I lost my appetite and was nauseous constantly. It definitely affected my daily life and I called immediately to have the situation remedied. I would recommend that unless a doctor says it's okay to switch name brands, to suck it up and pay for Keppra.

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Verwon Says:

Stella, his height isn't relevant, but his size and weight might play a role. Can you post back with more details? Thank you!

As to whether or not one should use the generic, or the name brand, it really depends on the person, and what works for them. My niece doesn't do well with any generics, and my husband just needed to try a different medication. We are all different.

The FDA lists the typical side effects of this medications as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, mood changes, and weight changes.

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