Levetiracetam is a novel anticonvulsant agent used as an adjunct medication to manage partial onset, myoclonic, and generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients with epilepsy.
Levetiracetam is used with other medications to treat seizures (epilepsy).
It belongs to a class of drugs known as anticonvulsants.
Levetiracetam may decrease the number of seizures.
As add-on therapy (with other seizure medicines) for children 1 month of age and older and adults with focal (partial) seizures.
As add-on therapy for children 12 years and older and adults for treatment of myoclonic seizures from juvenile myoclonic epilepsy.
As add-on therapy for children 6 years and older and adults with generalized onset tonic-clonic seizures from idiopathic primary generalized epilepsy.
Levetiracetam is indicated as an adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial onset seizures in epileptic patients who are one month of age and older.
How To Use:
For dosing in adults and teens 16 years and older:
Levetiracetam is usually started at 250 or 500 mg twice a day.
The dose can be increased by 500 mg twice a day every 2 weeks.
Sometimes the drug is increased more slowly, depending on how a person tolerates it.
The recommended dose is 1500 mg twice a day for a total of 3,000 mg daily.
The recommended dose each day for infants and children is based on weight and age:
Infants from less than 1 to 6 months old:
21 mg per kg twice a day
Children 6 months to less than 4 years old:
25 mg per kg twice a day
Children 4 to less than 16 years old:
30 mg per kg twice a day.
See the package insert for details about the amount of levetiracetam to start in a child of different ages and how to increase it.
People with liver problems may be started on a lower dose of levetiracetam and increased more slowly.
Follow your prescribing provider's instructions for how much to take and when to make changes.
Warnings And Precautions:
Before taking levetiracetam, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.
This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially drowsiness, dizziness or loss of coordination.
These side effects can increase the risk of falling.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
This medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
kidney disease (such as dialysis treatment), mental/mood disorders (such as depression).
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy, especially during the first month of treatment.
Do not drive, use machinery, ride a bicycle, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely.
Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (such as prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
(levetiracetam) is an antiepileptic drug available as:
250 mg (blue),
500 mg (yellow)
750 mg (orange) tablets
clear, colorless, grape-flavored liquid (100 mg/mL) for oral administration.