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Levetiracetam is promoted under the trade name Keppra. Levetiracetam is an anticonvulsant medication aid that generally suggested for managing symptoms of epilepsy. It is the S-enantiomer of etiracetam that structurally resembles to the prototypical nootropic medicine piracetam. Levetiracetam comes in the class of medications named as antiepileptics. To a major extent the drug is used as a combination therapy with other seizure-control medicinal products to treat and avoid seizures associated with epilepsy. Here, it is to be clearly notice that Levetiracetam does not cure epilepsy and it only acts to normalize seizures as long as the treatment is used by patients. Levetiracetam shows its healing effect by interfering the transmission of nerve signals in the brain.

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How Keppra works ?

Generic Levetiracetam is an anti-epileptic medicine. It is used to handle partial onset seizures in adult patients along with children who are older than one month. Keppra is also suggested to treat tonic-clonic seizures in adult patients as well as in six year or older children, and myoclonic seizures in adult patients and twelve year or older pediatric patients.

What are the Dosage of Keppra ?

The normal recommended initial dose of levetiracetam in an adult patient is 500 mg two times in a day, with or without food according to your medical advisor instructions. According to need and as prescription guideline, these doses may be increased to a maximum limit of 3,000 mg per day. Patients with poor kidney function may need a lower dose.

What are the Precautions for reducing risks ?

  • Prior taking a medication, it is require to inform your doctor of any health conditions or hypersensitivities you may have, other medicinal products you are using, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and other significant facts about your medical condition. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
  • This drug may cause behaviour problems, and patient may experience agitation, anxiety, nervousness, depression, hostility, and mood swings. Consult your doctor if any of these feelings you experience.
  • Levetiracetam can cause blood related problems and can lower down red and white blood cell levels. As a result patient may experience fever, fatigue, sore throat, weakness, or generally feel tired during the treatment, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
  • Patients with existing kidney disease or history of kidney disease should take this medicine with caution.
  • Suicidal thoughts and behavior change is occasionally reported in patients who are taking this medication. In such condition consult your doctor right away.
  • Pediatric patients (children and adolescents) are not supposed to be prescribed with this medication as safety and effectiveness have not been established in this population.
  • Elderly patients may be given a lower dose of levetiracetam.

Interaction of Keppra with other Drugs

The active or inactive constituents of a drug can interrupt the working of other medicinal products and the reaction could result in either ways by making any of the drugs less effective or over-active. These conditions can be harmful for the health of patient. To avoid these type of criticalities tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications that you are taking at the time of prescription. Your doctor may adjust your dosage accordingly, suggest you an alternative drug or discontinue any of the treatment as per the necessity. Many drugs influence the neurological effect of alcoholic products as well. So, ask your doctor for knowing the permissible limit of alcohol use during treatment. Your doctor may suggest you to discontinue one of the medications or change one of the medications to another or change the manner of either medications, or leave everything as it is.

What are the Possible Side Effects of Keppra?

Some of the side effects that are occasionally reported with Keppra are listed here. A few of them are severe or bothersome. Your doctor may be able to guide you on managing these adverse effects:

  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • feeling weak
  • infection such as the common cold
  • loss of strength or energy
  • muscle pain or weakness
  • rash
  • weight loss
  • abnormal thoughts
  • cough or hoarseness
  • depersonalization (feeling of detachment from self)
  • depression
  • difficulty swallowing
  • dry throat
  • feeling anxious or nervous
  • fever or chills
  • headache
  • hoarseness
  • irritability
  • loss of memory or problems with memory
  • lower back or side pain
  • mood or behaviour changes
  • outbursts of anger or hostility
  • pain or tenderness around eyes.

This is not a complete list if you observe any unusual symptoms that troubles you, contact your doctor.

Frequently Asked Question about Keppra

Question:- Does this medication have any effect on driving?

This medication may cause drowsiness or reduced mental alertness; hence people with uncontrolled epilepsy avid driving or handling of potentially dangerous machinery.

Question:- What is the right way to discontinue Keppra?

You should consult your doctor for properly discontinuing of treatment as sudden stop of treatment may cause increased seizure frequency.

Question:- Are there any special precautions of the treatment?

  • Do not discontinue treatment with this medication without consulting your doctor.
  • Do not share this drug to anyone, even though they have the same symptoms as you do. This can be harmful for people to take this medication unless recommended by their doctor.

Question:- Who should NOT take Keppra?

Levetiracetam should not be indicated by anyone who is hypersensitive to levetiracetam or to any of the ingredients of the medication.

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