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Have epilepsy, body swelling, hair loss, weight gain, mood swings. On levipil. Help?

I am 29 years old female, having a problem of epilepsy , getting first attack in 1999 and took eptoin for 3 years after 99 now got attack on 24th jan 2013, I deliver baby on 18th oct 2012. Doctor start the medication with oxetol-300 mg and lobazam 10 mg after 20 days lobazam stopped. but as a side effect my SGPT/ SGOT increased and whole body swelling. Now my doctor asked to change the medicine from oxetol to Levipil-500. Want to know is Levipil safe for breast feeding. I am also checking on net and come to know that levipil is having a common side effect of hair loss , weight gain and mood change. Please suggest.
Asked On : Fri, 15 Mar 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

Anti epileptic drugs would be required for long time in your case. All medications have side effects, however, levipil (levetiracetam) has very few side effects. It is among the safest drugs for treating epilepsy.

So, I would suggest you to continue using this drug, and do not get worried by information on the Internet. If you have any more doubt, please ask us.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist,
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad
Answered: Thu, 27 Jun 2013
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