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Can Keppra be discontinued cold turkey?

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Posted on Mon, 20 Mar 2017 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: can you stop taking keppra abruptly? have some users of keppra been known to exhibit uncontrollable screaming and confusion? originally prescribed for possible seizure. patient has alzheimers. thanks.
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Hello and welcome

I appreciate your concern

Levetiracetam (keppra) dose should be tapered over time and should not be stopped abruptly.

Yes, Levetiracetam (keppra) is associated with panic attacks, anxiety and hallucinations in a small subset of patients. Generally, it's a safe drug and is well tolerated.

wishing you best of health

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Thank you so much for your advice, Doctor! We appreciated your advice and it has been confirmed by the neurologist, as well. We intend to further this discussion with her physician. Thanks again and Stay well
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You are most welcome.
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