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Re: Keppra (levetiracetam) for bipolar disorder? SLS

Posted by theo on August 14, 2005, at 23:50:43

In reply to Re: Keppra (levetiracetam) for bipolar disorder? theo, posted by SLS on August 14, 2005, at 14:26:09

> Are you bipolar, Theo?
> How would you describe the therapeutic effects of Keppra? Did it act as an antidepressant? Did it work well at first and then fade? Anything else you could offer me regarding Keppra would be much appreciated.
> Thanks again.
> - Scott

My regular doc thinks I suffer from a low grade depression, my pdoc thinks I'm BPII. I basically suffer from chronic low self esteem, worry. So, whatever that falls under. I also used to drink quite a bit but am sober now 2 years, so alcoholism is in the mix also. I'm never manic, but my pdoc insists any anxiety that pops up is my mania. Who knows! I've almost given up on diagnosis and just trying different meds hoping to find a fit. My regular doc actually prescribed me Concerta 18mg, which my pdoc never would, and it caused no anxiety and was actually very helpful. The only thing I didn't like is the up and down ride every day.

So, I've been med free just to get a feeling of where I am so when I do start a med, I'll have a better read. I do feel like I need to be on something, but my big dilema is to start with.

Keppra helped me be more assertive in a positive way and even helped with OCD. It also did have some mood lifting properties. And free of side effects except 1 or 2 days headache and muscle weakness.

Since I've been off meds, amazingly I'm not as nervous and feel much more in control. Unfortunatly, I feel domb and gloom depression alot. So I was feeling anxiety from some of my past med trials, especially Lamictal which now looking back amplified my OCD very much.

I'm really at a loss right now what class to go with but I might retry Keppra next and see what happens.

Are you dosing twice daily?




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