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Takes lavera. Any complication in conception?

Mar 2013
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My wife takes lavera xr 1000 for the last several years. Can she get pregnant? Will the pregnancy run any risks? Thanks.
Posted Fri, 25 Oct 2013 in Pregnancy
Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham 14 minutes later
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Thanks for writing to us with your health concern.
Lavera contains Levetiracetam, I assume your wife is taking the same for epilepsy.
It is pregnancy category C , as classifed by the FDA.
This means that there is evidence of risks to the fetus when the drug has been studied in animals, but there are no adequate human data.
In animals, this drug has been shown to cause minor fetal skeletal abnormalities, retarded growth in the fetus, abortions and death of the fetus, and behavioural abnormalities in the offspring.
There are no confirmatory studies in humans to prove this risk.
Its use is justified only when the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the baby.
Please go through the following link , it will explain things to you better -
WWW.WWWW.WW In no way does Lavera affect her ability to get pregnant, as the drug has no deleterious effect on fertility.
Ensure that she takes regular folic acid while planning a pregnancy, and continues taking 5 mg folic acid throughout pregnancy to minimize the risks to the baby.
All the best.
Please feel free to discuss further.
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Follow-up: Takes lavera. Any complication in conception? 18 hours later
Actually she doesnt have epilepsy but some form of it. It doesn't happen often. Sometimes years pass. But it happens when she is under stress. Thank you for your kind advice.
Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham 41 minutes later
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Thanks for your appreciation.
It is best to discuss with her Neurologist for the safest alternative once she is planning to conceive.
All the best to you.
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