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(Generic alternative to Keppra)

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What is Keppra /Levetiracetam used for?

Keppra (Levetiracetam) is in a group of medication known as antiepileptics. Levetiracetam is used in conjunction with other seizure control medicines in order to treat and prevent seizures caused by epilepsy. Keppra however, is not a cure for epilepsy, but the medication does allow many people to live normal lives by controlling seizures for as long as the medication is taken. Keppra works by targeting the nerve cells or neurons. The neurons that make up the brain are able to communicate with one another through a complex system of electrical and chemical signals. However, parts of the brain may become unstable and this causes a seizure. Keppra reduce the occurrence of seizures by targeting vesicles which are found within the neuron. This is thought to help control the flow of signals between your neurons.

How should Keppra /Levetiracetam be stored?

Store at room temperature, protect from heat, moisture, and light. Keep all medicines out of the reach of children and pets.

General information

This medication should only be used by prescribed patient, do not give it to other people. The information provided is advisory only and does not contain all information pertaining to this medication. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider for question about this medication.

How should I take Keppra/Levetiracetam ?

Your doctor will tell you how much Keppra to take and when to take it. Most people take Keppra twice a day, but your doctor will prescribe Keppra based on your needs. Keppra can be taken with or without food, but it should be taken at the same time each day. Tablets should be swallowed whole; be sure not to crush or chew your tablets.

When should Keppra /Levetiracetam not be taken?

Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to Levetiracetam.

What precautions should I follow when taking Keppra /Levetiracetam ?

Before using this medicine, tell your health care provider about any of the following: if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding; if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine; if you have kidney disease.

What special warning(s) should I be aware of when taking Keppra /Levetiracetam ?

When taking Keppra/Levetiracetam, do not stop taking it without talking to your doctor first. Even when you feel better, if you stop taking the medication, you may have increased seizures. Keep your doctor updated with new or increased seizures. While taking the medication, you may experience thoughts about suicide, make sure you do not miss any scheduled appointments with your doctor because your doctor will need to check you at regular visits. In addition, let your doctor know if you have new or worsening symptoms such as mood or behavior changes, depression, anxiety, or if you feel agitated, hostile, restless, hyperactive both mentally and physically, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself. While on this medication, carry an ID card or wear a medical alert bracelet that states you are taking Keppra/Levetiracetam. Due to the side effects of Keppra/Levetiracetam, your thinking or reactions may be impaired, be careful if you drive, need to operate a vehicle, or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.

When should Keppra /Levetiracetam not be taken?

Most severe: Hallucinations; fevers, chills, body aches, flu symptoms; weakness, lack of coordination; increasing or worsening seizures; or nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, itching, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin of eyes).

Most common: Dizziness, spinning sensation; drowsiness; feeling irritable; headache; runny nose, sore throat; or neck pain.

Other: None.