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Hi, I have been on keppra for over 6mths with tegratol. I am experiencing depression,anger, crying and sleepness during the day even though i get good sleep during the night. I also have been experience illusions and cant control what i see and what i say. It all sounds crazy and its making me feel crazy, i have had epilespsy since i was six and i have never felt this way. I have been on different med and yes have had side effects but never illusions. I have explained this to my doctor as i want to get off keppra but he keeps saying there are no side effects. I have just discovered this site and i felt breaking down as i know now i am not crazy. Please doctor have you ever had a paitent on keppra experiencing illusions? I am suffering and my marriage/kids are suffering with my behaviour. I need to know - thank you

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replied February 7th, 2010
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Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem to be concerned by the hallucinations, depression and excessive sleepiness during the day due to the antiepileptic medications.
Keppra is used with other medicines to treat partial onset seizures in people 16 years of age and older with epilepsy. Keppra (Levetiracetam) may cause extreme sleepiness, tiredness, and weakness, and problems with muscle coordination. Keppra XR® may also cause mood and behavior changes including psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and unusual behaviours. Depression is also known to be a side effect of Keppra. But no antiepileptic medication shall be discontinued without the advice of your doctor as it can lead to recurrence of seizures. You must discuss the options with your doctor (neurologist).
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.

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