Medication and Ataxia

This is the place for general questions about drugs, long-term treatment concerns, possible influences of other drugs (such as antibiotics, heartworm preventatives, or anesthetics) for epileptic dogs, and other concerns. Please note that we cannot make specific recommendations for individual dogs - for this, please consult your veterinarian.

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Alliezig
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Medication and Ataxia

Post by Alliezig » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:09 am

Hi -
I have been posting regarding my Ziggy - age 6 - shepherd / lab mix - seizures started 12/23/17; he is now on Keppra 500 mg 3x day and 1gram of Penobarbital 2x a day. As of 1/13 he began to have difficulty walking, especially in the rear legs. At that time he was on Keppra 750 mg 2x a day and Keppra 500 mg 1x a day plus the penobarbital 2x a day; the doctor decreased it 1/14/18 to the above 500 mg Keppra 3x day plus the Pb; as of today 1/15 he still is having difficulty with walking.
Do any of you know from experience the medication levels - I am thinking the Pb is too much for him.
Thank you.

Dr. just lowered meds to 500 mg keppra 2 x day; Pb 1 gram 2 x day.
Mary Lou and Ziggy
1000 mg Keppra 3 x day; 1.5 grams Phenobarbital 2 x day

Box40Rin
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Re: Medication and Ataxia

Post by Box40Rin » Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:48 am

Good morning,

You may be right, weakness is a complication of anti seizure medications. Please continue to consult your veterinarian about adjusting dosages. This is also a side effect of Keppra.
Please keep posting. We are interested.
box40rin

Alliezig
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Re: Medication and Ataxia

Post by Alliezig » Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:56 pm

Thank you. Ziggy is now walking quite well but had a seizure on 2/11/18 - quite intense; his medication as of last night was increased to 750 mg Keppra 1 x a day; 1 gram Phenobarbital 2 x a day and Keppra 500 mg 1 x a day.
Mary Lou and Ziggy
1000 mg Keppra 3 x day; 1.5 grams Phenobarbital 2 x day

Box40Rin
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Re: Medication and Ataxia

Post by Box40Rin » Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:22 am

Good morning, I'm so sorry Ziggy had another seizure. I don't have any answers. I can only say to keep hanging in there and see if the distance between seizures increases. Please keep posting. I'm interested. box40rin

Melissag010
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Re: Medication and Ataxia

Post by Melissag010 » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:02 am

When Ziggy was having trouble walking, was it only walking or standing as well? Out 12 year JRT wS started on zonisamide last week and today is have my trouble standing.
Wally
Jack Russell
12 yrs old
Zonisamide 50mg every 12 hours

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