Keppra (Levetiracetam) belongs to a class of medications called anticonvulsants. Keppra (Levetiracetam) is an anti-epileptic drug that helps treating certain types of seizures in adults and children with epilepsy. This medication works by affecting the transmission of nerve signals in the brain. This medicine does not cure epilepsy and only works to control seizures for as long as you continue to take it.
Doctor's prescription is required to use this medicine.
Always take Keppra (Levetiracetam) as directed by your physician.
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
Keppra (Levetiracetam) comes as a tablet to take by mouth. Take the medicine at the same time each day, with or without food. Take Keppra exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without talking to your doctor. Stopping suddenly may cause increased seizures. Use all seizure medications as directed and read all medication guides you receive. Do not change your dose or dosing schedule without your doctor's advice.
Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Always use Keppra (Levetiracetam) exactly as directed by your doctor.
Before using Keppra, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it or any other medications. Tell your doctor or pharmacist about your medical history. Tell your doctor about all the other prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking.
Do not stop using Keppra without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel fine. You may have increased seizures if you stop using this medicine suddenly.
You should not use Keppra if you are allergic to levetiracetam.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
• kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis);
• depression or other mood problems;
• mental illness or psychosis;or
• suicidal thoughts or actions.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking levetiracetam, call your doctor. Do not breastfeed while you are taking levetiracetam. Seizure control is very important during pregnancy, having a seizure during pregnancy could harm both the mother and the baby. Do not start or stop taking Keppra during pregnancy without your doctor's advice.
Levetiracetam may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome.
Contact with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What happens if I overdose?
In case of an overdose, seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, agitation, aggression, shallow breathing, weakness, or fainting.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of reach of children.
Store the medicine at room temperature.
Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I avoid while taking this medication?
Drinking alcohol with this medicine can cause side effects and may also increase the risk of seizures.
Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know this medicine will affect you. Dizziness or drowsiness can cause falls, accidents, or severe injuries.