Levetiracetam

Description

Levetiracetam is an anticonvulsant that is used to control seizures in adults and children. Take this medicine at the same time regularly. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly without informing doctor as it may cause withdrawal symptoms.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Levetiracetam

  • Aggression or anger
  • Anxiety
  • Headache
  • Shivering
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dizziness
  • Mood swings
  • Weakness
  • Double vision
  • Muscle pain
  • Body pain
  • Cough
  • Skin rash
  • Change in skin color

Uses of Levetiracetam

What is it prescribed for?

  • Epilepsy
  • Seizures
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The peak effect of this medicine can be observed within 1 hour for an immediate release tablet and within 4 hours for an extended release tablet.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average of 18 to 24 hours.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Consumption of alcohol with this medicine is not recommended as it can result in dizziness and difficulty in concentration. Avoid activities that need mental alertness like driving or operating machinery.
  • Is it habit forming?
    Habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women. Use only if clearly needed under the supervision of the doctor.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is known to excreted through human breast milk. It is not recommended for breastfeeding women.

Allergy

Do not take if you have a known allergy to Levetiracetam
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women. Use only if clearly needed under the supervision of the doctor.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is known to excreted through human breast milk. It is not recommended for breastfeeding women.
General warnings

Suicidal tendency

Use of Levetiracetam may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts. It should be used with caution and prescription size should be limited if you are suffering from depression or suicidal tendencies.

Blood cells count

Levetiracetam may cause a decrease in the blood cells count. Frequent monitoring of blood tests is to be performed and discontinue taking the medicine if Levitiracetram is suspected to be the cause.

Somnolence and Fatigue

Levetiracetam may cause sleepiness and tiredness. Avoid activities that need mental alertness like driving or operating machinery.

Dermatological reactions

Levetiracetam may cause serious skin reactions. These reactions may occur after 14 to 17 days of initiation of therapy. Any symptoms of skin reactions should be informed to the doctor. Discontinue taking the medicine if it's suspected to cause the reaction,

Impaired kidney function

Levetiracetam is used with caution if you have kidney disease. Suitable dose adjustments are to be made based on the CrCl or GFR.

Impaired liver function

Levetiracetam is used with caution if you have liver disease due to the reduced clearance of the medicine from the body.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of Levetiracetam, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Use of this medicine with alcohol will cause depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system.

Instructions

Consumption of alcohol with this medicine is not recommended as it can result in dizziness and difficulty in concentration. Avoid activities that need mental alertness like driving or operating machinery.
Interaction with Medicine

Cetirizine

Opioids

Nortriptyline

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Levetiracetam with or without food. Do not take in larger amounts than advised. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable effects. Do not stop taking the medicine without consulting your doctor as it may cause withdrawal symptoms.
Miscelleneous

Food timings: Information not available

Administration time: Information not available

Sleep inducing: Information not available

How it works
It works by binding to the receptors in the brain and inhibits the excitation of brain cells.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Anticonvulsants

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://www.drugs.com/cdi/levetiracetam.html

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https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a699059.html

Prescribing medicines in pregnancy database [Internet]. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 2017 [cited 9 March 2017]. Available from:

https://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database#searchname

TOXNET [Internet]. Toxnet.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 9 March 2017]. Available from:

https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2/f?./temp/~lvo1dq:1

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Information on this page was last updated on 13 Mar 2017

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