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Relation Between Keppra and Metabolisim

07/21/2010

Question:

I am taking Keppra 1000 mgs twice a day and it seems ive put on a significant amount of weight since starting it, can you tell me if Keppra Slows a persons Metabolisim? ive put all this weight on in under two years i also take lamictal 600 mg daily would either of these have an effect on my metabolism?

Answer:

Keppra or Lamitcal have no effect on body weight. Studies show they are weight neutral. Other seizure medications (such as Depakote) may cause weight gain.

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Response by:

David M Ficker, MD David M Ficker, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati