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 Post subject: Yorkie on Keppra with seizures occurring more frequently
PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:54 pm 
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Hi All:
My yorkie Bailey is 20 months old.
She had her first seizure at four months in June 2016. Since then she has had 10 seizures, the last one was today. The first seizure completely freaked me out! I rushed her to the regional vet hospital and she has had all of the tests - all negative. The only test I haven't done is an MRI and I don't think I'm going to do it because I don't have the money to pay for any surgery if there actually is a tumor or something. So I'm trying to do the best I can and manage the seizures.
She has been seen by a Neurologist who said they were likely idiopathic seizures anyway.
She was started on Keppra 90 mg twice daily but this has been increased to 120 mg twice daily. It costs $85 a month for this medication because it has to be compounded since she is only 6 pounds.
I have Ativan to give intranasally on top of the Keppra when she has the seizures which seems to have worked. She has only clustered once (two seizures within 5 minutes) and that was before I had the Ativan to give her.
My concern is that lately her seizures are occurring more frequently. I keep a log of when she has them and originally they were several months apart but now they are happening in two-three week intervals. I worry that she may have to go up on the medication which I really don't want to do for two reasons:
1. I don't want her to be obtunded and lose her little personality.
2. Since the medication has to be compounded I would have to pay even more for the medication than I'm already paying.

I'm going to have her see the Neurologist again. I read that sometimes they add an additional/different medication and maybe she has become tolerant to the Keppra. I really don't want her to have to do phenobarbital because of the liver issues and having to repeatedly get her liver checked.
I don't know. I actually stay up at night worried about my little girl.
Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions or stories about your experiences in a similar situation?
Thanks alot in advance.


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