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Seizures due to blood clot in head post fall, has excessive sleep due to levipill. Is it safe?

my mother is suffering from seizures so doctor said to take levipil 500mg for twice a day.10 years back she has fell down from the steps so blood clot is there in her head so doctor said because of this only seizure problem is coming. she is sleeping for a long time because of taking this tablet is it safe to take this tablet and how long it should be continued doctor?
Asked On : Mon, 8 Oct 2012
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Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

Levipil (levetiracetam) is a safe anti-epileptic medication and can be continued for long. However, if your mother is sleeping more than usual, then, other medications such as carbamazepine or sodium valproate may be used.

Since she has a brain stroke in the past, there is an increased risk of seizures in the future too. So, the medications should be continued for long term.

I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries or if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India
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Answered: Wed, 18 Dec 2013
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