Wednesday, June 11, 2008 Susan, Community Member, asks

Q: is keppra used after a hemorigic stroke

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Cort, Health Guide
6/13/08 10:25pm

Yes it is. Keppra is an anti-pain, anti-seizure drug. Having a stroke increases ones risk of having a seizure. One study found that about 20% of stroke patients had at least one seizure following their stroke. Keppra is probably therefore being prescribed to reduce the risk of a  seizure. Since having one seizure increases ones risk of having another Keppra is prescribed to prevent stroke patients from becoming seizure patients as well.

 

You can find more about Keppra at the below URL

 

http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/find-drug-25240-25.html

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eleanor, Community Member
4/20/10 1:19pm

Patient has had one seizure after 5 months of keppra. Is this normal?eleanor

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eleanor, Community Member
4/20/10 1:22pm

yes stroke was in jan o9 only given after seizues started

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eleanor, Community Member
4/20/10 1:23pm

should he still have seizures while taking meds

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eleanor, Community Member
4/20/10 1:27pm

seizures still occurr while taking keppra

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RKay, Community Member
9/ 4/11 10:21am

My 82 year old Mom had a brain bleed. They said it was from hitting her head during a fall rather than the kind caused by a stroke. (She had two hemmoragic strokes in the past.) I brought her in to emergency after they discharged her twice as 'well enough to go home'. She was alert, her dexterity was fine and she was acting like herself. Two days later, she looked like she might die!! The critical things (clot traveled to lung and couldn't breath) passed. She was put on Keppra intravenously at first and seemed practically brain dead!!! They said they lowered the dose and now is taking it orally. She's certainly MORE awake but her ability to do the simplest things is gone. She can' t even reach for something, can't form her words etc, etc.  (Remember when brought in she COULD and it was 5 days after her injury.) She's now been on it for at least 3 weeks. By the way she never had incident of seizures after the first two strokes. They DID give her Dilantin back then with TERRIBLE results. I had her taken off and she came 'back to life'. I want to stop the Keppra now as well because I can't see WHY she should have deteriorated so drastically over two days when CT/EEG showed no further damages. How long should this prevention of seizure be a concern? The nursing home doctor told me she should be on it for 6 months!!! NO WAY I FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THAT!!

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By Susan, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/04/11, First Published: 06/11/08