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Levetiracetam

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Anticonvulsant KEPPRA®, Levetiracetam Sandoz Children, Adult

Levetiracetam - What is it for

Levetiracetam is used to control seizures and other problems related to the nervous system.

Levetiracetam - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Levetiracetam cause?

Generally, the common side effects tend to occur at the beginning of treatment. Such side effects may include:

  • Dizziness, drowsiness, headache, tiredness, weakness, double vision. Be careful when using over-the-counter medications for your child. Medications for allergy or cold can add on to the drowsiness. Be sure to supervise your child when he/she is involved in activities such as cycling or swimming.
  • Unusual behavioral changes such as anxiety, depression, irritability, aggression etc.
  • Neck pain, problems with balance/coordination, tingling or prickling sensation on skin.
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, indigestion and loss of appetite. If the medicine upsets the stomach, take it with food, but do not take it with carbonated drinks.
  • Cough, sore throat, allergic nose.

Inform your doctor if any of the above side effects lasts for more than a few days or if they become serious or bothersome.

Rare but serious side effects may sometimes occur. Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:

  • Hallucinations (Seeing or hearing things that are not there).
  • Skin rash, itchy or peeling skin.
  • Unusual bruises or bleeding, prolonged fever, sore throat, mouth sores.

Inform your doctor if you notice any other unusual symptoms. Always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist if you or your child has any problems or difficulties during or after taking levetiracetam.

Before taking Levetiracetam, what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Levetiracetam?

Levetiracetam - Dosage and How to Use

How should Levetiracetam be used?

Levetiracetam is usually taken 2 times a day. The doctor may start you or your child on a low dose and then slowly increase the dose. Follow the instructions on the label carefully and ask your pharmacist or doctor if you are unsure.

  • Do not take this medication more often than directed and do not stop until instructed by your doctor. Stopping this medicine too rapidly can increase the risk of seizures.
  • Do not change brands or dosage forms without informing your doctor. This should be carried out under doctor's close supervision.

Oral liquid form

  • Shake well before using. Use a medicine spoon or the graduated syringe provided to measure your medicine. Do not use household spoons as they may not be accurate. The oral solution may be diluted in some water before taking.

Tablet form

  • Swallow the tablets with a glass of water. Levetiracetam can be taken with or without food.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

  • Administer the dose as soon as you remember and then continue to take it as you normally would. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and give the next dose at the usual time.
  • Do not double or increase the dose.
  • If you or your child has missed more than two doses or you are not sure of what to do, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
  • If you or your child has less than two weeks supply of medication, please ensure that you have made an appointment with your neurologist or made arrangements to collect more medication.

What should I do if I overdose?

Levetiracetam - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Levetiracetam safely?

How should I store Levetiracetam?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#Store at room temperature;#Others;#Once opened, store the KEPPRA solution in the original bottle at all times for up to 7 months

How should I dispose of Levetiracetam safely?

 

Levetiracetam - Additional Information

Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any other medicines, supplements or herbal products.

If you or your child sees another doctor, inform him/her that you or your child is taking levetiracetam before your doctor prescribes any other medications.

  • Tags: Levetiracetam
  • Updated on Wednesday, September 27, 2017
  • This article is contributed by Department of Pharmacy KK Women's and Children's Hospital

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