Keppra (levetiracetam) is an anti-epileptic drug (AED) (antoconvulsant) often used in conjunction with other drugs to treat types of seizures in people with epilepsy.
It is available as 250 mg (blue), 500 mg (yellow), 750 mg (orange), and 1000 mg (white) tablets and as a clear, colorless, grape-flavored liquid (100 mg/mL) for oral administration.
Keppra is used to treat partial onset seizures in adults and children who are at least 1 month old.
Keppra is also used to treat tonic-clonic seizures in people who are at least 6 years old, and myoclonic seizures in people who are at least 12 years old.
Keppra dosing information
16 years and above
Initiate treatment with a daily dose of 1000 mg/day, given as twice-daily dosing (500 mg twice daily). Additional dosing increments may be given (1000 mg/day additional every 2 weeks) to a maximum recommended daily dose of 3000 mg.
KEPPRA tablets should be swallowed whole. KEPPRA tablets should not be chewed or crushed.
How do I use Keppra
Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking levetiracetam and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you are using the extended-release tablets, take this medication as directed by your doctor, usually once daily.
Do not crush or chew extended-release tablets. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects.
Do not split tablets unless they have a score line and your doctor or pharmacist tells you to do so. Swallow the whole or split tablet without crushing or chewing.
Take the medicine at the same time each day, with or without food.
Levetiracetam doses are based on weight in children. Your child’s dose needs may change if the child gains or loses weight.
Keppra side effects
•Common Keppra side effects may include:
•Loss of appetite
•Feeling aggressive or irritable
•Dizziness, drowsiness, tiredness
Important information before taking this medicine
DO NOT use Keppra if you are allergic to levetiracetam.
Inform your doctor if you’ve had:
mental illness or psychosis
suicidal thoughts or actions
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