Keppra vs. Topamax

Are Keppra and Topamax the Same Thing?

Keppra (levetiracetam) and Topamax (topiramate) are anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) (anticonvulsants) used to treat types of seizures in people with epilepsy.

Topamax is also used to prevent migraine headaches.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Keppra?

Common side effects of Keppra include:

Side effects of Keppra in children include

  • sleepiness,
  • accidental injury,
  • hostility, nervousness, and
  • weakness.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Topamax?

Common side effects of Topamax include:

  • tiredness,
  • drowsiness,
  • dizziness,
  • nervousness,
  • numbness or tingly feeling in the hands or feet,
  • coordination problems,
  • diarrhea,
  • weight loss,
  • speech/language problems,
  • changes in vision,
  • sensory distortion,
  • loss of appetite,
  • bad taste in your mouth,
  • confusion,
  • slowed thinking,
  • trouble concentrating or paying attention,
  • memory problems,
  • and cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, or sore throat.

What is Keppra?

Keppra (levetiracetam) is an anti-epileptic drug (AED) (antoconvulsant) often used in conjunction with other drugs to treat types of seizures in people with epilepsy.

What is Topamax?

Topamax (topiramate) is an anticonvulsant prescribed for preventing epileptic seizures and migraine headaches.

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What Drugs Interact With Keppra?

Keppra may interact with alcohol.

What Drugs Interact With Topamax?

Topamax may interact with alcohol.

Topamax may also interact with other medications that can make you sleepy (cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for depression or anxiety), lithium, hydrochlorothiazide, metformin, atropine, belladonna, benztropine, dimenhydrinate, methscopolamine, scopolamine, bronchodilators, bladder or urinary medications, glaucoma medications, or other seizure medications.

How Should Keppra Be Taken?

Keppra (levetiracetam) is available in pills in the following dosages and colors: 250 mg (blue), 500 mg (yellow), 750 mg (orange), and 1,000 mg (white). Keppra (levetiracetam) is also available as a clear, colorless grape-flavored liquid at a concentration of 100 mg/mL. Drug interactions include phenytoin, valproate, oral contraceptives, digoxin, warfarin, and probenecid. Keppra (levetiracetam) should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Keppra (levetiracetam) is excreted in breast milk. Women must talk to their doctors to decide whether to discontinue nursing or the drug.

How Should TopamaxBe Taken?

Topamax usual adult dose is 200mg twice a day. Drug interactions include acetazolamide (Diamox), methazolamide (Neptazane), dichlorphenamide (Daranide), carbamazepine (Tegretol) and phenytoin (Dilantin) and oral contraceptives.

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References
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

SOURCE:

RxList. Keppra Medication Guide.

https://www.rxlist.com/keppra-drug.htm#medguide

RxList. Topamax Medication Guide.

https://www.rxlist.com/topamax-drug.htm#medguide

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