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Keppra (levetiracetam) Injection is an antiseizure (antiepileptic) drug (AED) for adult patients (16 years and older) in the treatment of partial onset seizures when oral administration is temporarily not feasible. The drug is used with other medications in adults with epilepsy. Side effects of Keppra include drowsiness and dizziness.

The recommended initial dosage of Keppra is 1,000 mg/day, given as twice-daily dosing (500 mg twice daily). Additional dosing increments may be given (1,000 mg/day additional every 2 weeks) to a maximum recommended daily dose of 3,000 mg. Do not to drive, use machinery or do any activity that requires alertness while taking Keppra. Keppra may interact with other antiepileptic drugs. Tell your doctor all medications you use. Keppra should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Talk to your doctor about taking Keppra if you are breastfeeding.

Our Keppra (levetiracetam) Injection Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Keppra Injection FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)

SIDE EFFECTS

The following adverse reactions are discussed in more details in other sections of labeling:

Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

The adverse reactions that result from KEPPRA injection use include all of those reported for KEPPRA tablets and oral solution. Equivalent doses of intravenous (IV) levetiracetam and oral levetiracetam result in equivalent C max , Cmin , and total systemic exposure to levetiracetam when the IV levetiracetam is administered as a 15 minute infusion.

The prescriber should be aware that the adverse reaction incidence figures in the following tables, obtained when KEPPRA was added to concurrent AED therapy, cannot be used to predict the frequency of adverse reactions in the course of usual medical practice where patient characteristics and other factors may differ from those prevailing during clinical trials. Similarly, the cited frequencies cannot be directly compared with figures obtained from other clinical investigations involving different treatments, uses, or investigators. An inspection of these frequencies, however, does provide the prescriber with one basis to estimate the relative contribution of drug and non-drug factors to the adverse reaction incidences in the population studied.

Partial Onset Seizures

In controlled clinical studies using KEPPRA tablets in adults with partial onset seizures, the most frequently reported adverse reactions in patients receiving KEPPRA in combination with other AEDs, for events with rates greater than placebo, were somnolence, asthenia, infection and dizziness. Of the most frequently reported adverse reactions in adults experiencing partial onset seizures, asthenia, somnolence and dizziness appeared to occur predominantly during the first 4 weeks of treatment with KEPPRA.

Table 4 lists adverse reactions that occurred in at least 1% of adult epilepsy patients treated with KEPPRA tablets participating in placebo-controlled studies and were numerically more common than in patients treated with placebo. In these studies, either KEPPRA or placebo was added to concurrent AED therapy. Adverse reactions were usually mild to moderate in intensity.

Table 4: Incidence (%) Of Adverse Reactions In Placebo-Controlled, Add-On Studies In Adults Experiencing Partial Onset Seizures By Body System (Adverse Reactions Occurred In At Least 1% Of KEPPRA-Treated Patients And Occurred More Frequently Than Placebo-Treated Patients)

Body System/ Adverse Reaction KEPPRA (N=769) % Placebo (N=439) %
Body as a Whole
  Asthenia 15 9
  Headache 14 13
  Infection 13 8
  Pain 7 6
Digestive System
  Anorexia 3 2
Nervous System
  Somnolence 15 8
  Dizziness 9 4
  Depression 4 2
  Nervousness 4 2
  Ataxia 3 1
  Vertigo 3 1
  Amnesia 2 1
  Anxiety 2 1
  Hostility 2 1
  Paresthesia 2 1
  Emotional Lability 2 0
Respiratory System
  Pharyngitis 6 4
  Rhinitis 4 3
  Cough Increased 2 1
  Sinusitis 2 1
Special Senses
  Diplopia 2 1

In controlled adult clinical studies using KEPPRA tablets, 15% of patients receiving KEPPRA and 12% receiving placebo either discontinued or had a dose reduction as a result of an adverse reaction. Table 5 lists the most common ( > 1%) adverse reactions that resulted in discontinuation or dose reduction and that occurred more frequently in KEPPRA-treated patients than in placebo-treated patients.

Table 5: Adverse Reactions That Most Commonly Resulted In Discontinuation Or Dose Reduction That Occurred More Frequently In KEPPRA-Treated Patients In Placebo-Controlled Studies In Adult Patients Experiencing Partial Onset Seizures

Adverse Reaction KEPPRA
(N=769) %
Placebo
(N=439) %
Dizziness 1 0
Somnolence 4 2

Myoclonic Seizures

Although the pattern of adverse reactions in this study seems somewhat different from that seen in patients with partial seizures, this is likely due to the much smaller number of patients in this study compared to partial seizure studies. The adverse reaction pattern for patients with JME is expected to be essentially the same as for patients with partial seizures.

In the controlled clinical study using KEPPRA tablets in patients with myoclonic seizures, the most frequently reported adverse reactions in patients using KEPPRA in combination with other AEDs, for events with rates greater than placebo, were somnolence, neck pain, and pharyngitis.

Table 6 lists adverse reactions that occurred in at least 5% of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy patients experiencing myoclonic seizures treated with KEPPRA tablets and were numerically more common than in patients treated with placebo. In this study, either KEPPRA or placebo was added to concurrent AED therapy. Adverse reactions were usually mild to moderate in intensity.

Table 6: Incidence (%) Of Adverse Reactions In A Placebo-Controlled, Add-On Study In Patients With Myoclonic Seizures By Body System (Adverse Reactions Occurred In At Least 5% Of KEPPRA-Treated Patients And Occurred More Frequently Than Placebo-Treated Patients)

Body System/ Adverse Reaction KEPPRA
(N=60) %
Placebo
(N=60) %
Ear and labyrinth disorders
  Vertigo 5 3
Infections and infestations
  Pharyngitis 7 0
  Influenza 5 2
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders
  Neck pain 8 2
Nervous system disorders
  Somnolence 12 2
Psychiatric disorders
  Depression 5 2

In the placebo-controlled study using KEPPRA tablets, 8% of patients receiving KEPPRA and 2% receiving placebo either discontinued or had a dose reduction as a result of an adverse reaction. The adverse reactions that led to discontinuation or dose reduction and that occurred more frequently in KEPPRA-treated patients than in placebo-treated patients are presented in Table 7.

Table 7: Adverse Reactions That Resulted In Discontinuation Or Dose Reduction That Occurred More Frequently In KEPPRA-Treated Patients In The Placebo-Controlled Study In Patients With Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy

Adverse Reaction KEPPRA
(N=60) %
Placebo
(N=60) %
Anxiety 3 2
Depressed mood 2 0
Depression 2 0
Diplopia 2 0
Hypersomnia 2 0
Insomnia 2 0
Irritability 2 0
Nervousness 2 0
Somnolence 2 0

Primary Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures

Although the pattern of adverse reactions in this study seems somewhat different from that seen in patients with partial seizures, this is likely due to the much smaller number of patients in this study compared to partial seizure studies. The adverse reaction pattern for patients with PGTC seizures is expected to be essentially the same as for patients with partial seizures.

In the controlled clinical study that included patients 4 years of age and older with primary generalized tonic-clonic (PGTC) seizures, the most frequently reported adverse reaction associated with the use of KEPPRA in combination with other AEDs, for events with rates greater than placebo was nasopharyngitis.

Table 8 lists adverse reactions that occurred in at least 5% of idiopathic generalized epilepsy patients experiencing PGTC seizures treated with KEPPRA and were numerically more common than in patients treated with placebo. In this study, either KEPPRA or placebo was added to concurrent AED therapy. Adverse reactions were usually mild to moderate in intensity.

Table 8: Incidence (%) Of Adverse Reactions In A Placebo-Controlled, Add-On Study In Patients 4 Years Of Age And Older With PGTC Seizures By MedDRA System Organ Class (Adverse Reactions Occurred In At Least 5% Of KEPPRA-Treated Patients And Occurred More Frequently Than Placebo-Treated Patients)

Body System/ Adverse Reaction KEPPRA
(N=79) %
Placebo
(N=84) %
Gastrointestinal disorders
  Diarrhea 8 7
General disorders and administration site conditions
  Fatigue 10 8
Infections and infestations
  Nasopharyngitis 14 5
Psychiatric disorders
  Irritability 6 2
  Mood swings 5 1

In the placebo-controlled study, 5% of patients receiving KEPPRA and 8% receiving placebo either discontinued or had a dose reduction during the treatment period as a result of an adverse reaction.

This study was too small to adequately characterize the adverse reactions that could be expected to result in discontinuation of treatment in this population. It is expected that the adverse reactions that would lead to discontinuation in this population would be similar to those resulting in discontinuation in other epilepsy trials (see tables 5 and 7).

In addition, the following adverse reactions were seen in other well-controlled adult studies of KEPPRA: balance disorder, disturbance in attention, eczema, memory impairment, myalgia, and vision blurred.

Comparison of Gender, Age and Race

The overall adverse reaction profile of KEPPRA was similar between females and males. There are insufficient data to support a statement regarding the distribution of adverse experience reports by age and race.

Postmarketing Experience

The following adverse reactions have been identified during postapproval use of KEPPRA. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

In addition to the adverse reactions listed above [see Clinical Trials Experience], the following adverse events have been reported in patients receiving marketed KEPPRA worldwide. The listing is alphabetized: abnormal liver function test, choreoathetosis, dyskinesia, erythema multiforme, hepatic failure, hepatitis, hyponatremia, leukopenia, muscle weakness, neutropenia, pancreatitis, pancytopenia (with bone marrow suppression identified in some of these cases), panic attack, thrombocytopenia, and weight loss. Alopecia has been reported with KEPPRA use; recovery was observed in majority of cases where KEPPRA was discontinued.

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