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levetiracetam

Pronunciation: LEE ve tye RA se tam

Brand: Keppra, Keppra XR

Keppra 250 mg

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Keppra 500 mg

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Keppra 750 mg

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Levetiracetam 1000 mg-AMN

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Levetiracetam 1000 mg-TEV

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Levetiracetam 250 mg-AMN

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Levetiracetam 250 mg-TEV

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Levetiracetam 500 mg ER Tablet-TEV

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Levetiracetam 500 mg-AMN

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Levetiracetam 500 mg-ROX

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Levetiracetam 500 mg-TEV

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Levetiracetam 750 mg ER Tablet-TEV

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Levetiracetam 750 mg-AMN

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Levetiracetam 750 mg-TEV

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Levetiracetam EX 500 mg-APO

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Levetiracetam EX 750 mg-APO

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What is the most important information I should know about levetiracetam?

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Do not stop using levetiracetam without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel fine. You may have increased seizures if you stop using levetiracetam suddenly. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.

You may have thoughts about suicide while taking this medication. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

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Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, depression, anxiety, or if you feel agitated, hostile, irritable, hyperactive (mentally or physically), or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you take levetiracetam. Any medical care provider who treats you should know that you take seizure medication.

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This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

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Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. Do not start or stop taking levetiracetam during pregnancy without your doctor's advice. Having a seizure during pregnancy could harm both the mother and the baby. Seizure control is very important during pregnancy and the benefits of preventing seizures may outweigh any risks posed by using levetiracetam.

What is levetiracetam?

Levetiracetam is an anti-epileptic drug, also called an anticonvulsant.

Levetiracetam is used to treat partial onset seizures in adults and children who are at least 1 month old.

Levetiracetam is also used to treat tonic-clonic seizures in adults and children who are at least 6 years old, and myoclonic seizures in adults and children who are at least 12 years old.

Levetiracetam may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking levetiracetam?

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You should not use this medication if you are allergic to levetiracetam.

To make sure you can safely take levetiracetam, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease or high blood pressure.

You may have thoughts about suicide while taking this medicine. Tell your doctor if you have symptoms of depression or suicidal thoughts during the first several weeks of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed.

Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether levetiracetam will harm an unborn baby, but having a seizure during pregnancy could harm both the mother and the baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

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Do not start or stop taking levetiracetam during pregnancy without your doctor's advice.

Seizure control is very important during pregnancy. The benefit of preventing seizures may outweigh any risks posed by taking levetiracetam. Follow your doctor's instructions about taking levetiracetam while you are pregnant.

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Levetiracetam can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using levetiracetam.

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Do not give this medication to a child without the advice of a doctor. Your child's dose needs are based on age and weight. The child should remain under the care of a doctor while using levetiracetam.

How should I take levetiracetam?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.

Levetiracetam is usually taken twice per day. Take the medicine at the same time each day. You may take levetiracetam with or without food.

Measure liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

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Do not crush, chew, or break a controlled release, delayed-release, or extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole. Breaking the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.

Use levetiracetam regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

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Do not stop using levetiracetam without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel fine. You may have increased seizures if you stop using levetiracetam suddenly. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.

Seizures are often treated with a combination of different drugs. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor's advice. .

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Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you take levetiracetam. Any medical care provider who treats you should know that you take seizure medication.

To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your kidney function may need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.

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Store levetiracetam at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

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Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, agitation, aggression, shallow breathing, weakness, or fainting.

What should I avoid while taking levetiracetam?

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Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some of the side effects of levetiracetam and may also increase the risk of seizures.

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This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

What are the possible side effects of levetiracetam?

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Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, depression, anxiety, or if you feel agitated, hostile, irritable, hyperactive (mentally or physically), or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

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Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior;
  • bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
  • feeling very weak or tired;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat;
  • problems with walking or movement;
  • the first sign of any skin rash, no matter how mild; or
  • severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild dizziness or drowsiness;
  • mild tired feeling;
  • loss of appetite; or
  • stuffy nose.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect levetiracetam?

There may be other drugs that can interact with levetiracetam. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about levetiracetam.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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