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Keppra

Keppra Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Keppra, Keppra XR

Generic Name: levetiracetam (Pronunciation: LEE ve tye RA se tam)

What is levetiracetam (Keppra)?

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.

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 are the possible side effects of levetiracetam (Keppra)?

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.

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.

Read the Keppra (levetiracetam) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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Keppra - User Reviews

Keppra User Reviews

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Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

 

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


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