"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Aptiom (eslicarbazepine acetate) as an add-on medication to treat seizures associated with epilepsy.
Epilepsy is a brain disorder caused by abnormal or excessive activity in the brain"...
Keppra Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is levetiracetam (Keppra)?
- What are the possible side effects of levetiracetam (Keppra)?
- What is the most important information I should know about levetiracetam (Keppra)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking levetiracetam (Keppra)?
- How should I take levetiracetam (Keppra)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Keppra)?
- What happens if I overdose (Keppra)?
- What should I avoid while taking levetiracetam (Keppra)?
- What other drugs will affect levetiracetam (Keppra)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking levetiracetam (Keppra)?
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.
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.
Levetiracetam can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using levetiracetam.
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 (Keppra)?
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.
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.
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. .
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.
Store levetiracetam at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Additional Keppra Information
- Keppra Drug Interactions Center: levetiracetam oral
- Keppra Side Effects Center
- Keppra Overview including Precautions
- Keppra FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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