Q. I need more information about the generic for the epilepsy drug Keppra. I understand that the generic is fairly new.
Is it safe to take, and does it have the same active ingredient as Keppra?
A. Generic drugs are supposed to be identical to their brand name counterparts. We have received a couple of troubling reports about this epilepsy medicine, however. One reader wrote, “I take Keppra and recently I was switched to a generic version. Several days after I began taking the generic pills, I suffered multiple seizures. I had to go back on name-brand Keppra.” When we asked the FDA about this problem, we were told that the generic formulation was unlikely to be responsible for seizures.