Do not take Keppra without a prescription from a licensed physician. Women who are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding should not take Keppra. Drowsiness and dizziness are common side effects of Keppra, so it is recommended that you wait to see how the medication will affect your body before driving a vehicle or operating other heavy machinery.

Keppra can affect your mental health, causing suicidal thoughts. Contact your doctor if you experience anxiety, depression, increased agitation or restlessness, panic attacks, or mania. A preoccupation with death and dying, withdrawing from friends and family, and an increase in violent behavior towards yourself and others are also side effects of Keppra. Your doctor should be notified if you experience any of these symptoms or if you have thoughts of suicide. Your doctor may need to adjust your dosage amount or make other changes to your prescriptions.

Other side effects of Keppra include:

  • Changes in skin color
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nervousness
  • Numbness, burning or tingling (especially in hands and feet)

Serious side effects include:

  • Double vision
  • Hallucination
  • Itching
  • Fever or sore throat (indicates an infection)
  • Rash
  • Seizures
  • Swelling of the face
  • Thoughts of suicide

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience these serious symptoms or if you experience any other side effects not listed here. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that you report any unusual side effects by calling 1-800-FDA-1088.

If you experience the following symptoms you may have accidentally overdosed on Keppra:

  • Aggression
  • Agitation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Drowsiness

Call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 if you accidentally overdose on Keppra. If you have difficultly breathing, contact emergency medical services immediately by calling 911.


The information on this web site is not intended to replace a medical consultation with a licensed physician. Always consult a licensed physician prior to taking any prescription drugs. Your doctor will be able to recommend a prescription drug plan that caters to your personal medical needs, as well as provide additional advice and support once you begin taking Keppra or any other drugs.